Linetec promotes Tammy Schroeder to marketing manager

Tammy-Schroeder-webWausau, Wisconsin (Nov. 2018) – Tammy Schroeder has been promoted to marketing manager at Linetec, the nation’s largest independent architectural metals finishing company.

Throughout her 19 years with the company, Schroeder has worked in various sales and marketing roles. Most recently, she held the role of senior marketing specialist for Linetec’s high-quality, high-performance architectural coatings and services. These include liquid paint coatings, powder coat, anodize, thermal improvement and stretch forming for aluminum.

“Tammy has greatly expanded Linetec’s presence in our industry,” praised Jon Close, Linetec’s vice president of sales and marketing. “In her new role, Tammy will continue to oversee all aspects of Linetec’s marketing.”

Some of her current responsibilities he listed include website designer, social media administrator, digital content manager, industry-facing public relations coordinator and educator, and technical article author. She enjoys sharing her knowledge with architects, specifiers and architectural product manufacturers who work in both commercial and residential building markets.

Schroeder earned and maintains her LEED® Green Associate credentials through the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC). She also participates and coordinates Linetec associates’ involvement in numerous other professional organizations, such as Aluminum Anodizers Council (AAC) the American Architectural Manufacturers Association (AAMA), the American Institute of Architects (AIA), the Association of Licensed Architects (ALA), the National Glass Association/Glass Association of North America (NGA/GANA), and the Window and Door Manufacturers Association (WDMA).

In addition to industry associations, Schroeder works closely with Linetec’s human resources team to support the company’s connections to local nonprofit organizations and community events, as well as to recruit, recognize and celebrate the achievements of Linetec’s associates.

Learn more about joining Linetec’s growing team of associates by visiting and clicking “Employment.”

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).

Join us in Toronto: Earn up to 6.0 LUs and learn about high-performance coatings

SW_CWDSS_FlyerTContinuing education is an essential part of professional accreditation and licensure, whether you’re a member of the American Institute of Architects (AIA), the Construction Specifications of Canada (CSC), the Canadian or U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) or the Ontario Association of Architects (OAA).

Supporting your professional development, the Curtain Wall Design Summit Series offers up to six hours (6.0 LUs) in a single event. This one-day series presents an opportunity to learn about building envelope systems and their components, materials and finishes.

The Sherwin-Williams Company (formerly Valspar) hosts this first-ever conference on innovative façade design on Dec. 11, 7:30 a.m. to 4:15 p.m., at The Bond Hotel on 65 Dundas Street East in Toronto.

Jon-Close-webAs part of the day’s six one-hour educational sessions, Linetec will share “Intro to Coatings: Weathering Performance and Applications.” Presented by Jon Close, Linetec’s vice president of sales and marketing, the course covers PVDF resin-based coatings, baked enamel, powder coat and anodize finishes for architectural aluminum products. Attendees will learn about these finishing processes, specifications, performance requirements and aesthetic options.

Space is limited and registration is required. Breakfast and lunch are included. Please click here to reserve your spot and learn about the additional presentations.

For those unable to attend the series in Toronto, please contact us to schedule an AIA/CES in-person presentation or to take our online education courses.

Grateful to give

HappyTHanksgivigingAs we prepare to celebrate Thanksgiving with friends and family, we reflect on the reasons we have to be thankful. Among these, we are grateful that we can share with those in our community who are in need of a helping hand.

Through the United Way and other local organizations, Linetec and our associates contribute, not just during the holidays, but year-round. Our company supported numerous community events, charitable fundraisers and donation drives, including:

  • Wausau Polar Plunge, sponsored by Linetec, raised more than $90,000 for Special Olympics Wisconsin. The funding helps change the lives of 10,000 athletes across the state.
  • Run to Remember 5k Run/Walk was hosted by the Woodson YMCA and sponsored by Linetec to honor the victims of the March 22, 2017 shooting that impacted a number of families across several Central Wisconsin communities and shook the entire region. The initial fundraising goal of $15,000 was exceeded and established a standing memorial.
  • Fill a Backpack/Fill a Need provides a backpack filled with new, grade-appropriate school supplies for up to 6,000 eligible children in Marathon County. Linetec and its associates donated money, supplies and time to this annual project of the Workplace Volunteer Council.
  • Community Career Closet donation drive is a project of the United Way of Marathon County’s Emerging Leaders in collaboration with Linetec. The project provided more than 300 people across the county with business professional clothing for interviews or employment.
  • Veterans’ 22 Pushup Challenge fundraiser held at Linetec was started by Honor Courage Commitment to raise awareness for veteran’s metal health. Along with raising awareness, the goal is to raise money as participants accept pledges and the challenge of completing 22 pushups. Now a national event, the organization hopes to reach 22 million pushups.
  • The local food pantries provide individuals and families in the area with supplemental food assistance. Several times a year, Linetec hosts a food drive where our associates donate nonperishable food items for families who cannot afford the food they need.
  • The Woman’s Community, Inc. coordinates with Linetec to donate holiday gifts for several families in Marathon County. The organization serves people who have been affected by violence, assault or unemployment and helps them gain emotional and economic self-sufficiency.

In addition to these, Linetec’s contributions through the United Way’s funded programs serving Marathon County, promote school readiness, student performance and career readiness; create and sustain affordable, safe living options; provide accessible, confidential and critical connections to community services; and much more.

thanksgiving-pumpkins-clipart_1151-983The success of all these “giving” activities is due to our associates’ generous contributions and participation. This year alone, Linetec and its associates donated an average of $140 per employee improve lives in their community.

We are thankful to be a part of such a generous team who continue to make a positive difference in our community and our company.

Please click here to learn more about Linetec’s Core Values and about joining our team.


Linetec’s Copper Anodize finish featured in Building Enclosure

TForge_2300-webBuilding Enclosure recently featured Linetec’s finishing services in an article about New York’s The Forge, a 272-unit luxury residential tower in Long Island pursuing LEED Silver certification. Designed by FXCollaborative, its distinctive, artistically inspired, industrial-influenced exterior façade showcases Linetec’s copper color anodize on 92,000 square-feet of Dri-Design’s aluminum wall panel system.

While The Forge is a single 38-story, 266,000-square-foot structure, the property appears as if it could be three separate wafer-like buildings set side by side with a fourth, far shorter, one nestled at the foot of the other three. On the building’s south side, the copper-colored aluminum wall system clads the entire height of the building, accentuating its vertical presence.

Linetec’s proprietary and warrantied copper anodize finish is accomplished through a three-step electrolytic coloring method, rather than the standard two-step process. The resulting finish remains a bright copper color, with no patina over time. It does not require a clear coat or ongoing treatment to maintain color stability. It is available for extrusion, stretch-formed and flat sheet aluminum, before or after assembly.

Supporting The Forge’s healthy, sustainable goals and LEED criteria, Linetec’s anodized services produce no harmful or dangerous by-products and is non-hazardous. Anodized aluminum is an inert, non-combustible material that is 100 percent recyclable and poses no health risks. Anodize aluminum resists the ravages of time, temperature, corrosion, humidity and warping. Protecting and maintaining the structural integrity of the aluminum, it retains exceptional hardness and lasting durability.

Read the full article on The Forge in Building Enclosure or see our previous post.


Biophilic design of Philadelphia’s Asplundh Cancer Pavilion features Linetec’s wood grain finish

Sidney-Kimmel-Cancer-Ctr-Abington-Jefferson-Health-(9-web)Wausau, Wisconsin (Nov. 2018) – The recently opened Asplundh Cancer Pavilion’s 86,000-square-foot outpatient center in the suburbs of Philadelphia combines state-of-the-art cancer-fighting science with a serene healing environment. Its biophilic design by EwingCole includes an exterior architectural aluminum system finished by Linetec to resemble the look and texture of natural wood.

“Our design team did an incredible job bringing the outdoors into the Pavilion with abundant natural light, birch and moss design elements, and views of the surrounding greenery,” said Peg O’Grady, Asplundh Cancer Pavilion’s administrative director, oncology at Abington-Jefferson Health. “Research shows that the environment has an effect on the burden of disease and healing times, so we were sure to make each choice thoughtfully.”

Sidney-Kimmel-Cancer-Ctr-Abington-Jefferson-Health-(8-web)The design team interviewed patients and their family members and engaged the Patient and Family Advisory Council as a sounding board. Local stone, indigenous plants and local contractors were used. Demonstrating its environmentally responsible design and construction, the project’s LEED® certification is in progress with the U.S. Green Building Council.

Continuity in care and design

Each year some 2,000 new cancer patients select Abington Hospital for diagnosis, treatment and ongoing care – making its program one of the busiest cancer centers in the region. “A cancer diagnosis is something that no one should ever face alone,” said Steven J. Cohen, M.D., Medical Director, Asplundh Cancer Pavilion, and Chief of Medical Oncology and Hematology at Abington – Jefferson Health. “Under one roof, our patients and their families will find every available outpatient resource – from the latest clinical trials to our Image Recovery Center – all paired with excellence in multidisciplinary clinical care.”

Located on the campus of Abington-Jefferson Health in Willow Grove, Pennsylvania, the new $80 million center offers a comprehensive continuum of leading-edge outpatient care, clinical research and support services in one modern facility. The center is actually two buildings connected by a link and unified by a curving façade, composed of a large glass curtainwall with metal accents.

Kawneer manufactured the large, vertical aluminum sun shade fins, and 8- to 12-inch-deep horizontal curtainwall cover plates. Linetec finished these architectural aluminum components in a hazelnut brown, textured wood grain color that captures the look and feel of wood without the associated maintenance.

Sidney-Kimmel-Cancer-Ctr-Abington-Jefferson-Health-(16-web)The look of wood, the performance of aluminum

Unlike real wood, the finished aluminum is termite and insect proof, UV and corrosion resistant, and fire retardant. The sun shades and accents maintain their intended appearance in all seasons, and do not swell, rot and warp. Linetec’s wood grain finishes meet the American Architectural Manufacturers Association’s stringent AAMA 2604 test standards for ruggedness, chemical and weather resistance.

“Offering long-term durability, the finished aluminum components also are less costly than real wood, providing superior performance and retaining the natural aesthetic,” said Linetec’s Tammy Schroeder, LEED Green Associate.

As an environmentally responsible finisher, Linetec applies the wood grain coatings by starting with a powder coat then utilizing a heat transfer sublimation process. This produces no VOCs or other potentially harmful emissions that may be of extra concern to patients and health care professionals.

“Linetec performed great on this project and it shows,” praised Bob Kennedy of glazing contractor R.A. Kennedy & Sons, Inc.

On time, on budget, with local support

Sidney-Kimmel-Cancer-Ctr-Abington-Jefferson-Health-(13-web)Pennsylvania-based R.A. Kennedy & Sons, Inc. performed all of the exterior glazing, which included two- and four-sided structural glazed curtainwall, traditional curtainwall, aluminum entrances, and custom aluminum trims. Kawneer’s aluminum framing was used for center’s four-sided, structural glazed curtainwall. In this four-sided cassette system, glass and subframe were fabricated together by R.A. Kennedy and then installed on site into the curtainwall’s carrier frames. The two-sided system used a conventional structural glazing process.

Robert Ganter Contractors of Quaker, Pennsylvania, assisted R.A. Kennedy with the wood grain-finished sun shades and accents. LF Driscoll, located in Philadelphia and part of Structure Tone, Inc., managed the overall construction project, keeping the project on schedule and within budget. Asplundh Cancer Pavilion broke ground in May 2016, was substantially completed in 2017 and opened in June 2018.

Sidney-Kimmel-Cancer-Ctr-Abington-Jefferson-Health-(3-web)The center was funded in part by a lead gift made by the children of the late Carl and Emilie Asplundh, who honored their parents by naming the building. “Understanding the need for this new facility and expanded programming, our community has supported this effort by making more than 5,000 contributions to our Reimagine Cancer Care Campaign,” said Meg McGoldrick, president, Abington – Jefferson Health. “The Asplundh Cancer Pavilion represents our commitment to meeting the greatest health care needs of our community.”

Asplundh Cancer Pavilion; 3941 Commerce Ave., Willow Grove, PA 19090;


About Linetec

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 National Glass Association/Glass Association of North America (NGA/GANA), the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) and the Window and Door Manufacturers Association (WDMA).

Linetec People to Know – Cody Horne

Cody-Horne-5-2018-webTell me about your job
As a manufacturing engineer at Linetec, it is my job to research, develop and implement cost-effective tools, equipment and controls to continuously improve manufacturing processes. I also help achieve safety and production goals. Projects are often initiated after discussions with our associates, and then I evaluate, prioritize, manage and complete these projects. I work with engineers, contractors, fabricators, vendors and other Linetec associates to complete a wide variety of projects ranging from automated systems to carts.

What did you do prior to Linetec?
Prior to working at Linetec, I was a product engineer at JARP Industries, a local manufacturer of custom hydraulic cylinders for demanding applications. I started at JARP shortly after graduating from the University of Wisconsin (UW) Platteville with a CodyH-Susan-&-Cody-webmechanical engineering degree. I chose to pursue an opportunity at Linetec to be involved with more complex projects. UW-Platteville, UW-Marathon County and a variety of work experiences throughout college helped prepare me for the engineering career ahead of me. Work experiences included an internship at Hydratight, an internship at Neenah Paper, a co-op at Greenheck and a summer position at FAITH Technologies. Linetec associates may also recognize me as a former employee at Culver’s in Wausau. In short, I was very busy gaining experience and growing as an engineer before working at Linetec.

What is your favorite part of your job?
The most rewarding thing for me is seeing concepts turn into reality.

CodyH-Marigold-not-chewing-on-the-table-and-chairsWhat poses the biggest challenges for you?
As a young engineer, there are many aspects of my job that challenge me. These include troubleshooting existing equipment, specifying new equipment and managing multiple projects simultaneously. However, the biggest challenge for me is managing my work day. Each day, I have a plan for what I want to get done, but it seems like I am constantly reshuffling.

What is something you are looking forward to?
I am really looking forward to the holidays this year because it will be the first holiday season married to my wife, Susan. Hopefully this year we will finally visit the Rotary Winter Wonderland at the Wildwood Zoo in Marshfield! I am also looking forward to drinking eggnog out of my moose mug and champagne out of wedding champagne flutes!

Believe it or not, I am most excited to use the snow blower that my in-laws got my wife for her birthday.

CodyH-Susan-&-Cody-wedding-photo-webWhat is something people don’t know about you?
I enjoy cooking and love to buy kitchen gadgets. I like to turn leftovers into culinary masterpieces!

If Linetec gave you a surprise three day paid break to rest and recuperate, what would you do with those three days?
I would take my wife and our dogs, Ollie and Marigold, on a road trip to hike in Wisconsin’s state parks. Governor Dodge State Park and Devil’s Lake State Park are two parks that come to mind. If we could find dog friendly lodging, we might go to both parks in one trip. The dogs would sleep the whole way home!

CodyH-Ollie-&-Marigold-waiting-for-the-Packer-game-to-startWhat always cheers you up when you think about it?
I always cheer up when I think about my wife and our golden retrievers. When I need a reason to smile, I look at engagement pictures, wedding pictures and pictures of our dogs.