About Linetec

Certified through the U.S. Green Building Council as a LEED® Green Associate, Tammy Schroeder serves as the senior national marketing specialist for Linetec in Wausau, Wisconsin. As an applicator of all architectural finishing technologies – paint, powder coat and anodize – Linetec provides educational resource and advice to ensure the best finish for aluminum building products and metal construction projects. Google+

Will it bend? Understanding stretch forming aluminum

big-8800-1Choosing a single partner to curve and finisher your architectural aluminum products offers a more efficient process with a higher quality result. At Linetec, our paint and anodize finishing options are both possible in combination with stretch forming services. Not only does this provide you with a single point of contact, it saves time and costs, and ensures a full warranty on the finished, curved materials.

What is stretch forming?

curved-metal-rack-698X400Stretch forming shapes aluminum sheets and extrusion profiles into simple or complex contoured curves with tensile and bending forces. The material is kept under constant tension, while wrapping it around a form, or die, to produce the desired arc.

Born from the aerospace industry, stretch forming maintains precise dimensions throughout a curve and produces perfectly contoured products while limiting, or even eliminating, wrinkling inside the arc.

Yale Peabody Closeup CTWhat shapes and sizes are possible?

Half circles (180 degrees) and eyebrow (usually 135 degrees) curves are the most popular requests that Linetec receives. These curves may be coupled with straight legs to create a larger opening as a window or door frame. Gothic arches also are common, especially for historic retrofit projects.

Larger arc lengths typically are specified on more modern facilities. Linetec can accommodate a maximum arc length of 260 inches. Those exceeding 260 inches can be reviewed and discussed. We can curved material up to 10 inches in width.

We can advise on accurate measurements to confirm the material dimensions meet your project’s requirements. A template will be needed for compound curves, which have more than one radius, and usually require a custom die.

Can thermal improvements be made to curved aluminum framing members?

Rolled-TB-Extrusion-web136At Linetec, not only can we coordinate the curving of your material and finish it in your choice of paint or anodize, we also can thermally improve the aluminum framing. We offer either a fully crimped, insulating, thermal, polyamide strut system or a three-step, pour-and-debridge process.

Both options separate the inside and outside aluminum framing members of a window, door, skylight, storefront or curtainwall system to reduce the amount of heat transfer, therefore saving energy and increasing occupant comfort.

Installing the thermal barrier in the metal after it has been curved helps minimize stress on the thermal barrier and ensures performance as specified.

What else can affect lead times, costs and warranties?

In addition to maintaining strict, factory-controlled standards by a single point of contact, relying on Linetec for your stretch forming, finishing and thermal improvement services also saves you time and money. You don’t need to coordinate between multiple suppliers’ facilities for logistics and freight. Which also minimizes handling and decreases the chances of your materials being damaged during loading and transport.

Nearly all manufacturer and applicator warranties require that the aluminum sheets and extrusions are finished after curving. When customers ship us their aluminum, Linetec alleviates this worry and performs all the services in the proper sequence and in the same place to retain the full finish warranty.

To learn more about how Linetec can support your next project with our stretch forming, finishing and thermal improvement services, please contact our regional sales managers, email sales@linetec.com or call 888-717-1472.

Wisconsin’s WOW Family Entertainment’s curtainwall and doors finished by Linetec

Wow-web2Wisconsin’s Wausau on Water (WOW) Family Entertainment Center showcases beautiful view of the Wisconsin River and the capabilities of several local businesses: design/build services by United Structures, curtainwall by FreMarq Innovations, glazing and installation by Rib Mountain Glass, and architectural aluminum finishing services by Linetec. In addition, Linetec also applied matching finishes to the project’s entranceway from Texas-based TORMAX.

“We wanted something on the water and with a great view. This is where the curtainwalls came into play, for the large view of the Wisconsin River from our dining and bar areas,” said Michael Vanderloop, operations manager at WOW Family Entertainment Center.

Wow-web3Helping attract attention to the new entertainment destination, Linetec finished the 21,215-square-foot building’s curtainwall and door systems in a dramatic Cool Colonial Red color. Maurice Wolfe of Rib Mountain Glass noted, “The Colonial Red color acted as an accent color to bring the blue and gray together.”

Linetec applied a high-performance 70% PVDF resin-based coating in its Wausau-based facility. As an environmentally responsible finisher, it safely captures and destroys the VOCs present in liquid solvent-based paints before the finished products’ arrival on the building site.

Under Linetec’s stringent processes, the finishes for WOW’s aluminum-framed curtainwall and doors not only contribute to sustainable goals and aesthetic aspirations, but also meet the American Architectural Manufacturers Association’s (AAMA) 2605 industry standard, the most stringent standard for painted aluminum. Coatings following this standard help minimize buildings’ maintenance costs, maximize long lifecycles, and support durability and performance requirements.

Wow-web“The requirement for more energy-efficient fenestration materials is becoming more of a code/standards issue, recognizing the long-term value due to energy dollar savings and environmental costs,” explained Wolfe. “Building owners are looking to obtain their best-operating values for the construction funds spent, so the cost upgrade of the enhanced energy may pay off for years to come.”

Total project construction is estimated at $3.3 million and was completed in nine months. Celebrating its first anniversary in the new building, WOW’s customer and staff seem pleased with the results. Vanderloop concludes, “It is not cold by the windows and we have that beautiful view we all wanted.”

WOW Family Entertainment Center, Wausau, WI; http://play-wow.net

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 sales@linetec.com or call 888-717-1472.

Linetec People to Know: Jane Kessel

Q: Tell me about your job

Kessel-webA: As the head of HR, I’m responsible for developing and managing many different HR programs. Our team makes sure Linetec is supported with the people resources – number of people, skills and engagement – it needs to service our customers. This means I get involved in developing and implementing a wide range of recruiting initiatives, overseeing programs for our associates to make Linetec a great place to work, developing skills and retaining talent. My team also does lots of company-wide communication. We’re very big on communication at Linetec!

Lately I’ve been working on helping Linetec reorganize our structure to support company growth. Every day I’m doing something with hiring and recruiting. The cool thing is that every day is different. Some days we’re getting the critical tasks done like payroll processing or new hire orientation done. Other days we are planning recognition celebrations, planning training programs, working through a difficult employee problem, or developing policies to help the business run better and to ensure a good employment experience. Most people don’t realize it, but there is also a fair amount of financial and data management in HR and lots of software applications to oversee and manage – HRIS, time keeping, performance review, document management, etc.

I’m lucky to have a team of top-notch HR professionals who work hard to support our associates and managers. They make my job easier. Having been with Linetec for 16 years, I’ve seen the economy give us occasional ups and downs, but overall, Linetec has been mainly ups. With a lot of growth in the business, our customer base depends on our team of associates. It’s also been a tremendous opportunity for my personal growth, through both continuing education and lots of on-the-job experiences, including several assignments outside of HR. We have a very open door environment, so we get a lot of Linetec associates stopping in or calling with questions each day as well.

The laws that HR has to oversee change constantly, so I also need to make sure I’m staying current on any recent developments that could affect Linetec.

Q: What did you do prior to Linetec?

A: Prior to Linetec, I was the HR manager at Greenheck for 10 years. Before that, I worked in HR for a general aviation company in Lincoln, Nebraska. I’ve worked in HR for almost 30 years. I started out in pay, benefits and payroll, and then moved into roles more focused on employee/labor relations, development and HR strategy.

Q: What is your favorite part of your job?

A: My best days are when I’m in direct interaction with Linetec associates – whether its working with them to address a question or concern, attending a fun company function, or just talking with them in the break room about what’s happening with their lives or their jobs. We have such amazing associates at Linetec. They are smart, engaged and really care about the company and our customers. The people really are the reason this is such a great place.

I’m also passionate about continuous improvement. I love new, challenging projects and feel really satisfied if we can put something in place that saves people effort, frustration or improves the experience people have interacting with HR. The best part of HR is that we have regular contact with all levels of the organization, our corporate headquarters and the community – we get involved in a lot interesting stuff!

Janek-6webQ: What poses the biggest challenges for you?

A: The current low unemployment levels are a real challenge as we continue to grow and hire. There are just more jobs than people right now. Wisconsin unemployment is at an all-time low. It helps that we have a lot to offer compared to other companies – pay, benefits, culture, and that we are willing to train people from other industries. Linetec’s core values create a unique culture that really attracts people, but we also have to put a lot of time and effort into each hire to make sure they fit the Linetec values-based environment.

Q: Are there any trends that you are seeing more of lately?

A: There is a lot of technology being used in HR these days. It seems everything has an app. We continue to find ways to use technology to streamline processes, but also keep that personal touch that has made us successful. It’s an interesting balance.

People also look at their careers very differently than they did years ago. Associates and candidates want new challenges and lots of training and development. They won’t stay in the same job for many years the way prior generations did. This is exciting because we can employ people in different capacities. It also sometimes can be difficult to handle the movement in the company, and to provide the development and opportunities fast enough to meet everyone’s needs.

Q: What is something you are looking forward to?

A: Spring!

JaneK-3webQ: What is something people don’t know about you?

A: I’m a BIG University of Nebraska Cornhusker fan – that’s where I went to college. Actually, most people do know that about me. Also, I come from a big family. I grew up with 10 brothers and sisters. Family is important to me and I have a lot of it!

Q: If Linetec gave you a surprise three-day paid break to rest and recuperate, what would you do with those three days?

A: Golf, kayak, ride my bike and cook.

JaneK-webQ: What always cheers you up when you think about it?

A: My kids! I have a son and daughter – both grown and recently married. I’m very proud of them and their spouses. They are all talented, young professionals who bring a lot of fun and support to my life.


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 http://apog.com/renovation.html or contact Kevin Robbins at krobbins@apog.com, 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 http://www.wimoty.com.

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).

 Learn more about Linetec at www.linetec.com.


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.

Trend Three

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.