Meet with Apogee Retrofit Strategy Team in March


Join Apogee Enterprises, Inc.’s Building Retrofit Strategy Team at Building Operating Management‘s National Facilities Management and Technology (NFMT) Conference & Exposition, March 20-22 or at GLOBALCON, March 21-22 .

NFRT is at the Baltimore Convention Center.
Expo hours are:
March 20, 12-4 p.m.
March 21, 11 a.m.-3 p.m.
March 22, 11 a.m.-2 p.m.

GLOBALCON is at Boston’s Hynes Convention Center.
Expo hours are:
March 21, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
March 22, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

Apogee’s Building Retrofit Strategy Team, in conjunction with its businesses, assists building owners and property managers evaluate the benefits of window renovation and upgrades, such as

  • Improving the appearance of the building
  • Saving energy
  • Downsizing HVAC loading
  • Reducing maintenance
  • Lowering vacancy rates
  • Increasing rental rates
  • Enhancing the value of the building

Apogee’s business units supporting these building retrofit strategies include Alumicor; EFCO Corporation; Harmon, Inc.; Linetec; Sotawall; Tubelite Inc.; Viracon; and Wausau Window and Wall Systems. To learn more, please visit or contact Kevin Robbins at, 715-409-0821.


Linetec wins Wisconsin Manufacturer of the Year Award

Gordon Flesch Company Linkedin PortraitsWausau, Wisconsin (Feb. 23, 2018) – Linetec was honored to receive the Wisconsin Manufacturer of the Year Award in the “Large” category for companies with 300-799 employees. Winners were announced and presented at the 30th annual award program held in Milwaukee on Feb. 22. The award celebrates the successes of manufacturers in the state for their innovations, philanthropy, technological advances, commitment to customer satisfaction and quality jobs.

“We feel very honored to receive this award amongst a group of very distinguished companies,” says Rick Marshall, president of Linetec. “The credit for this award belongs to our 570 employees. Their positive attitude and belief in our Core Values is what drives our business results in all areas – safety, quality, improvements, growth, etc. I am very proud of what they have built and accomplished over the years.”

Located in Wausau, Wisconsin, Linetec is the nation’s largest independent architectural finishers, providing paint and anodize finishing services for such products as windows, curtainwall, entrances, hardware and other components.

According to the award organizers, “Manufacturers contribute to the vibrancy of Wisconsin and our communities through good business practices, innovative processes, safe work environments and productivity enhancements. Manufacturing creates economic growth and is the engine that drives the Wisconsin economy. …Winners exemplify the elite of manufacturing in innovation, commitment to excellence, dedication to employees and investment in Wisconsin communities.

Since 1988, the award program has averaged 50 nominees each year, chosen from dozens of applications in the categories of Small, Medium, Large and Mega sized companies. Each entry is evaluated by an independent panel of judges representing leaders in business, government, education and the media from across the state.

The application and nomination process requires companies to undergo a thorough assessment of:

  • Manufacturing process, including environmental solutions and innovations, research and development leadership, application of high technology
  • Operational excellence, workplace safety best practices and continuous improvement efforts
  • Management philosophy and employee commitment, highlighting an involvement of all levels in the organization and a commitment to developing the workforce
  • Community support, stewardship and involvement, demonstrated by leadership in the industry, including articles and awards and recognitions
  • Financial stability, profitability and growth

Gordon Flesch Company Linkedin PortraitsThe statewide recognition program is co-sponsored by Baker Tilly, one of America’s largest accounting and advisory firms; Michael Best & Friedrich LLP, a preeminent Midwest-based law firm; and Wisconsin Manufacturers and Commerce, the state’s largest business association. To learn more about the Wisconsin Manufacturer of the Year Award, please visit

Located in Wisconsin, Linetec serves customers across the country, finishing such products as aluminum windows, wall systems, doors, hardware and other architectural metal components, as well as automotive, marine and manufactured consumer goods. The company is a subsidiary of Apogee Enterprises, Inc. (NASDAQ: APOG).

 Linetec is a member of the Aluminum Anodizers Council (AAC), the American Architectural Manufacturers Association (AAMA), the American Institute of Architects (AIA), the Association of Licensed Architects (ALA), the Glass Association of North America (GANA), the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) and the Window and Door Manufacturers Association (WDMA).

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Architectural Color Trends for 2018


We rely more heavily on our sight than on any other sense – we are almost always taking information in with our eyes.

So how many colors can the human eye see? 100,000 colors? 500,000 colors? 1,000,000 colors? The average human can see 10 million colors!

The Color Marketing Group (CMG), an international association that identifies the direction of color trends, uses the slogan, “Color sells, and the right color sells better.”

When it comes to color predictions and trends for each new year, everyone is releasing their new “it” color or shade, from the fashion scene to home décor to automotive to the architectural and construction industry. This includes Valspar; they do intense research to create distinct trends and themes for the architectural coatings industry.

Valspar’s color trends closely align with those of the CMG’s International Key Colors for 2018.

Trend One: Subtle metallic and mica sparkle have become the new neutrals. From silver to graphite to blue-tones, these standout hues are more matte metallic and offer refined sparkle. Established in Europe, CMG refers to this sparkle trend as Vapor.

Valspar refers to this color trend as the “Future Lux” trend. The color implications of this trend are derived from earth minerals. These subdued colors lend a feeling of permanence and trust, and when combined with the shimmer and shine of metal, create the unmistakable look of luxury.

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Trend Two: Gray – sophisticated, conservative and intelligent. As said by CMG, gray advances with a new identity, Evolve, from North America. Standing at 50% black, it feels extremely balanced and is a strong color for design schemes.

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It creates a subtle effect when paired against deep shades, toning them down. Combining gray with lighter shades adds just the right touch of sophistication.

Valspar includes shades of gray in its “Always On” color trend collection.

Trend Three: Crisp and clean, Re-Value, from Latin America, embraces a healthy green with blue roots. These are welcoming, nurturing color tones that take into account our love of the planet and our love of life.

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Valspar’s “Hit Pause” color collection closely resembles CMG’s Re-Value. The color implications of “Hit Pause” are rich tones and healing colors like Newborn’s Eyes and Prussian Blue. These shades help us recharge by ushering in new, positive energy

Trend Four: CMG’s final color trend for 2018 is Enjoy Life. Enjoy Life, from Asia Pacific, is pure and fresh. These are energizing and cheerful tones that symbolize the positivity of sunlight.

Trend Four-1Valspar’s “Life in Flex” colors like Marigold and Golden Bounty are bold, expressive colors that represent newness and light.

Collectively as a society, we all help create color trends, which shape our surroundings. These iconic colors of 2018 can all be provided by Linetec.

Explore Linetec’s Color Select and Spec tool, send us a sample, or contact your regional sales manager for guidance and assistance with your project.

Kaiser Permanente San Diego Medical Center showcases mica and metallic coatings

BPV_KaiserSD_001webBPV_KaiserSD_011webClean, modern, soothing. The visual impact of Linetec’s mica and metallic color finishes on the exterior of the Kaiser Permanente San Diego Medical Center reflects the new hospital’s philosophy of high-tech healing in a patient-centered, sustainable environment. Opened in April 2017, it is one of few health care facilities in the world to achieve LEED® Platinum certification through the U.S. Green Building Council.

Kaiser Permanente worked closely with the design team of CO Architects and general contractor Hensel Phelps to create a medical center focusing on innovative care. The interior and exterior designs of the 617,000-square-foot, seven-story building reflect San Diego’s coastal colors and climate.

BPV_KaiserSD_005-webBringing the design from concept to reality, Architectural Glass & Aluminum (AGA) selected Quality Metalcrafts’ AMERICLAD® products with durable finishes applied by Linetec.

For Level 1, Linetec painted the AMERICLAD AC-3000 1/8-inch Aluminum Plate Panel System, balcony plate panels, interior curtainwall closer panels and column covers in a Platinum Mica Sunstorm color. For all the other levels on the medical center, the curtainwall panels were finished in a Light Blue metallic color.

BPV_KaiserSD_004-webMica and metallic coatings add shimmer and sparkle under the California sun. The color can seem to change with the way the visible light is reflected off the surface, depending on the intensity and angle of the light.

Protecting against UV damage and unwanted color change, both of the paint color formulations use 70% PVDF resin-based coatings. These offer the highest performance finish for architectural aluminum products, providing outstanding resistance to humidity, chalk, gloss loss, chemicals and salt spray.

BPV_KaiserSD_012webSupporting environmentally sound practices, Linetec’s high-performance painted coatings are applied in a controlled facility that safely captures and destroys the VOCs present in liquid solvent-based paints before the finished products’ arrival on the building site. Thoughtful approaches, like these, contribute to enhanced durability for long-lasting materials and improved indoor air quality for healthier buildings.

BPV_KaiserSD_007web“Every design and planning decision we have made since breaking ground on this medical center has been guided by providing an unparalleled patient care experience,” said Jane Finley, senior vice president and area manager, Kaiser Permanente San Diego. “Every patient will benefit from cutting-edge medical technologies, our integrated, model of expert care and most importantly, personal service.”

For personalized assistance in selecting and specifying the right coating for your aluminum building products and projects, please contact Linetec’s regional sales managers , email or call 888-717-1472.

Metro Transit’s New BRT Systems Pick Up Speed with Duo-Gard Shelters finished by Linetec

Metro Transit shelter

Bus rapid transit is spreading across the country. Residents of the progressive Minneapolis-St. Paul area welcomed an expansion of theirs in June 2016 when Metro Transit opened the A Line BRT, the region’s first of a dozen planned arterial BRT lines serving core arterial streets. Residents hopped on board A Line immediately, raising ridership by 32% the first year of operations.

A Line serves high-traffic Snelling Avenue, Ford Parkway and 46th Street. “Reaction has been extremely favorable,” says Katie Roth, project manager for Metro Transit BRT/Small Starts. “We wanted to strengthen our most used routes with faster service and a more visible presence to attract riders.” It worked for the more than 4,500 riders who use the A Line each day.

Contributing to the A Line’s success are 38 bus shelters and 40 signage pylons engineered by Duo-Gard, finished in clear anodize by Linetec. The shelters are sized in small, medium and large, ranging from 7’x17′ to 7’x40′ and are installed according to site conditions and ridership patterns.

In keeping with Metro Transit’s emphasis on accessible public transportation that fits into the community it serves, the shelters are sophisticated in both form and function. Standing-seam silver aluminum roofs feature a distinctive curve, complemented by clean, contemporary framing in a durable clear anodized finish. Style was an important element, says Roth, whose team presented Duo-Gard with the architectural concept.

“It was important that the design be easily replicable for future expansion, as well as easily maintainable,” she says. “We wanted the aesthetic to convey speed of service, shown in the sleek curvature of the arched roofs. Of course, we needed weather protection and personal security, and we also wanted to maintain openness and an easy flow.”   Read more

Linetec People to Know: Scott Spaid

Scott-Spaid-(2-web)Q: Tell me about your job

A: I represent Linetec as the Northeast Sales Manager. I travel up and down the East Coast looking for new finishing opportunities, as well as servicing existing accounts.

Q: What did you do prior to Linetec?

A: I have always been a salesman. Prior to selling exclusively for Linetec, I represented a company that produced commercial skylights and residential solariums. Before that, I represented an aluminum composite material (ACM) manufacturer.

Q: What is your favorite part of your job?

A: I enjoy bringing on a new customer. Our sales cycle is very long so it is very rewarding when a prospect turns into a customer. I also enjoy the interactions with so many different people from so many different backgrounds.

Scott-Spaid-(1-web)Q: What poses the biggest challenges for you?

A: Traffic. Getting around the populated East Coast is a real challenge; a typical two-hour drive can easily turn into a four-hour event.

Q: Are there any finishing type or color trends that you seeing more of lately?

A: I am seeing more and more bright whites, plus mica-flake “metallic” finishes.

Scott-Spaid-(3)Q: What is something you are looking forward to?

A: .I am looking forward to improving my golf swing with lessons, which were a birthday present from my wife.

Q: What is something people don’t know about you?

A: I have camped in every state but six,  plus six Canadian provinces, on a nine-month cross-country trip with my brother.