Building Enclosure features “Preventing coating failures”

Helping ensure the best finish for architectural aluminum products, Linetec’s Tammy Schroeder recently authored “Preventing coating failures.” Published in the July issue of Building Enclosure magazine, the article addresses the benefits and cautions of selecting paint and anodize finishes.

5-webWith proper consideration and application, finished architectural aluminum will retain its intended look and long life with minimal maintenance. A durable finish helps provide the desired performance in the harshest environments, including the highly corrosive seacoast. These qualities reduce the need to replace materials and components, conserve resources, optimize labor and save money.

Click here to read the online article.

Need help selecting the right coating for your project? Please contact us for personalized service.

Linetec – A rewarding and challenging place to work

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With Linetec, You Have Options!

We have a multiple shift options.  Linetec has 12 hour shifts

  • On our 12 hour shifts, work days rotate 2-2-3 basis (see below)
  • Associates on 12 hour shifts have no mandatory overtime requirements on scheduled days off
  • Voluntary overtime may be available during busy periods

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We also offer traditional 8 hour 2nd and 3rd shifts with overtime.

You have the ability to post to open positions after 6 months of employment (jobs awarded based on performance)

Promotional opportunities available

On-the-job training provided

Examples of positions –

  • Part racking and unloading
  • Packaging
  • Material handling/lift operator
  • Tack welding
  • Machine operator
  • Skilled maintenance

If these sound like good options for you apply online at http://www.linetec.com/careers.html

Linetec is an equal opportunity employer.  Women, minorities, protected veterans, and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

Linetec – it’s about the culture!

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The culture is why people like working at Linetec!

At Linetec you will have:

  • An aggressive safety program
  • Respect for the individual
  • Open communications at all levels of the company
  • Celebrations for team successes
  • Exceptional co-workers
  • Team environment
  • Clean, state-of-the-art facilities
  • The ability to make suggestions and participate in improvements
  • High quality products and top-notch customer service
  • Pride in working for the #1 finisher in the country

Sound like a fit for you?  Apply online at www.linetec.com/careers.html

Linetec is an equal opportunity employer.  Women, minorities, protected veterans, and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

Meet Apogee Retrofit at BOMA2017

BOMA2017Representing Linetec, the Apogee Building Retrofit Strategy Team returns to the Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA) International Expo, June 25-27, in booth #1034. Held at the Music City Center in Nashville, the expo takes place during the annual BOMA conference and awards ceremonies, which start a day earlier. 

Register and learn more at http://www.bomaconvention.org. Expo-only registration is available at no cost to qualified attendees. Expo hours are: June 25, 3-6 p.m.; and June 26-27, 10:30 a.m.-2 p.m.

Both the expo and conference is produced by BOMA International and BUILDINGS magazine. BOMA International represents the owners and managers of all commercial property types including 10.5 billion square feet of U.S. office space that supports 1.7 million jobs and contributes $234.9 billion to the U.S. GDP.

Apogee Enterprises, Inc.’s Building Retrofit Strategy Team, in conjunction with the 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 and enhancing the value of the building.
Apogee’s business units that supporting these building retrofit strategies include Alumicor; Harmon, Inc.; Linetec; Sotawall Inc.; Tubelite Inc.; Viracon, Inc.; and Wausau Window and Wall Systems.
Learn more at http://www.apog.com/renovation.html.

If you would like to participate in related social media and sponsored media channels, please see:

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Additional media sponsors include:
Bisnow, https://www.bisnow.com/
FCIA Life Safety Digest, http://fcia.org/magazine.htm
High Rise Facilities magazine, http://highrisefacilities.com/
National Real Estate Investor, https://irei.com/

Linetec honors Mark Hall for 50 years of service

50yr-sign3-webWausau, Wisconsin (May 2017) – In 1967, future president Ronald Reagan was inaugurated as governor of California, The Beatles released “Magical Mystery Tour” album and Mark Hall began his career with what would become Linetec. Reagan left the governor’s office in 1975 and The Beatles broke up in 1970, but Hall is still happily at work today.

“I was 19 years old and a year out of high school when I started at Wausau Metals (now known as Wausau Window and Wall Systems), making $1.75 an hour,” Hall says. “I was part-time at first and worked in shipping, crating windows and loading them onto the truck. For extra hours, I’d clean anodize tanks. In May 1970, we added color to the anodize tanks and I moved to third shift. I’ve been there ever since.”

Continuous Improvement

In 1968, Apogee Enterprises Inc. was formed as a holding company to oversee a growing number of profit centers including Wausau. In 1983, Apogee founded Linetec with a single paint line. When it added the anodizing line in 1986, Hall officially became a Linetec employee.

According to Rick Marshall, Linetec’s president, “Linetec is honored and thankful to have someone of Mark’s loyalty, commitment and expertise. He was the beginning and foundation of the anodizing business for Linetec.”

Hall has seen significant changes at Linetec throughout the half century. He continues to be amazed at the growth of the company and the pace of technology that has improved efficiency and quality. “I used to have four people working with me to manually move the anodize loads from tank to tank. We’d set timers for each tank load to move to the next tank. Buzzers were always going off. Now, it’s just me running the line and everything is automated. The loads are bigger, but they take less time.”

He continues, “Back then, normal rework was 30 to 50 percent. A day with just 25 percent rework was great. Today, our rework goal is less than one percent!”

Tankline2-webDependable Teamwork, Consistent Quality

One thing Hall says has not changed during 50 years is the quality of the people—something that, along with a reliable paycheck and good benefits, has kept him loyal and happy at Linetec for so long. “I’ve always worked with great people,” he emphasizes. “I appreciate our teamwork and have enjoyed training many of our current tank operators.”

“Mark has set the standard for not only tenure at Linetec, but also in quality and consistency of our color anodizing. He remains the most consistent quality anodize line operator Linetec has in its ranks,” praises Andy Joswiak, vice president of operations.

Tank-operator-web“During my 11 years as Mark’s supervisor, he has always been very professional and does his job very well,” reiterates Tim Lynn, “Drawing from his many years of knowledge and experience, he matches the customers’ requested color with one of the highest accuracy rates of all the tank operators throughout the anodize plant.”

Keep on Workin’

Outside of his work at Linetec, Lynn says many people in the Wausau area also know Hall as their former school bus driver. For 28 years, he drove for the Marathon School District as bus driver on the kindergarten route, after school routes and sometimes took teams to athletic events at night. It is highly possible that Hall transported multiple generations. In addition to driving the school bus, and never missing a single child on his route, Hall also drove an oil truck for several years.

Between his part-time driving jobs and his full-time position at Linetec, Hall has not found much time for hobbies or travel. Instead, he enjoys watching NASCAR and the Green Bay Packers, and focusing on his family.

“I have a lovely wife, two daughters and two sons. I worked so many hours my kids would want pizza for Thanksgiving so they could have an ‘everyday meal’ with their dad,” he says.

Hall has no plans to slow down or retire, but says, “If I ever retire, I’d probably help out at the Humane Society.”

Mark-Rick-TimLynn-webHall’s 50th anniversary celebration breakfast was held May 4. Jane Kessel, vice president of human resources, notes, “The 50 years of knowledge that Mark has helps us ensure our customers get the highest quality anodize finish. It’s also a tremendous asset to our newer team members—especially during the extraordinary growth the company is experiencing.”

 

Thanks AIA17 and hello, Wisconsin

Thank you to everyone who was able to join us as AIA Architecture Expo in Orlando. While we hope you took some time to enjoy the Florida sunshine, all of us at Linetec appreciate you for visiting us inside the convention center. It is always a pleasure to connect in person with current and prospective customers, service and supply partners, and colleagues across the industry.

IMG_0397-webWe particularly were proud to debut a proprietary Brushed Stainless color anodize finish. Helping enhance and protect architectural aluminum products, our new finish emulates the clean, bright surface that architects and specifiers find desirable in stainless steel. Brushed Stainless anodize creates a similar look on aluminum offering a more cost effective, lightweight option. You can anticipate more on this in the coming weeks.

“Anticipate” was the theme for 2017 AIA Conference on Architecture and the programming delivered on its promise to take a bold, fresh look at how the architecture profession is evolving. The AIA membership engaged in three days of discussion and education as to what it means to anticipate needs, challenges, and changes in our shared world.

Addressing these big questions as the keynote speaker, former First Lady Michelle Obama was eagerly anticipated by the opening day’s attendees. Echoing and expanding on her message, architect and 2016 Pritzker Prize winner Alejandro Aravena, architect Francis Kéré, and MASS Design Group co-founder and executive director Michael Murphy hosted short-form keynote sessions with a panel of renowned architects, engineers, creative thinkers and problem solvers on:

  • Anticipate Challenge: Design That Overcomes
  • Anticipate Need: Design That Cares
  • Anticipate Change: What’s Next in Architecture

Social psychologist and Harvard Business School professor Amy Cuddy provided the closing keynote on “Anticipate Change: Design That Evolves.”

Based in Wisconsin, we look forward to continue the thoughtful discussions from that national conference at our local AIA Wisconsin Convention & Building Products Expo. We’ll be at Monona Terrace in Madison on May 17-18, in booth #706, just across the aisle from our colleagues at Tubelite Inc. Expo hours are 3-7 p.m. on Wednesday and 11 a.m.-2 p.m. on Thursday.

Meeting face-to-face is ideal, but you also can reach us by phone at 888-717-1472 and email sales@linetec.com. We look forward to connecting again soon.

Mike Schauls joins Linetec as Vice President of Operations

Schauls_web379Linetec has hired Mike Schauls as vice president of operations overseeing production and scheduling of the company’s paint, anodize and related services.

Located in Wisconsin, Linetec continues to expand its operations and staff to serve customers across the country that produce aluminum windows, wall systems, doors, and other architectural aluminum building components goods. The company currently has nearly 600 employees with openings for more.

Schauls joins Linetec from Northwire, Inc., a designer and manufacturer of custom technical wire and cable, and provider of contract engineering services. He worked at the company for six years and most recently served as Northwire’s vice president of operations and engineering.

Prior to this, Schauls was with Oshkosh Corporation, an industrial company that designs and builds specialty trucks and vehicles. During his 14 years with the company, he held various engineering and management roles in test and development, Quality, Six Sigma and lean manufacturing; advanced operations and Department of Defense programs.

Schauls earned a Bachelor of Science in mechanical engineering at the University of Wisconsin in Madison and an MBA at the University of Wisconsin in Oshkosh. His professional certifications include Six Sigma Black Belt, Lean Bronze and Project Management Professional along with several others.

For more information about Linetec and its employment opportunities, please call 888-717-1472, email sales@linetec.com or visit http://www.linetec.com.