Linetec names Phil Bauer as Southern territory sales manager

Bauer_web2Linetec has hired Phil Bauer as its sales manager serving customers in Missouri, Kansas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Louisiana, Arizona, New Mexico and Texas. He reports directly to Jon Close, Linetec’s vice president of sales and marketing. 

Located in Wisconsin, Linetec provides paint and anodize finishing for such products as aluminum windows, wall systems, doors, hardware and other architectural aluminum building components, as well as stretch forming, thermal improvement and restoration services. The company continues to expand its operations and staff to serve customers across the country.

Bauer most recently worked in Ohio as a Midwest sales manager for SIFCO ASC, one of the world’s largest suppliers of contract selective electroplating and anodizing services, products and chemical solutions. Previously, he worked in the automotive and home center industries with consumer and commercial customers.

Before beginning his sales career, Bauer is a graduate of the University of Akron. He also has completed several professional training certifications

Linetec participates in the ’22 Push Up Challenge’

Linetec participated in the 22 Push Up Challenge to raise awareness for Veterans.
When the statistics came out that 22 veterans a day were committing suicide it was almost unbelievable. Read more about this statistic from CNN.

The goal of the 22 push-up challenge is to draw attention not only to the high number of veteran suicides, but to the mental health issues that affect the community as well.

Thanks to Veteran and Linetec’s 3rd shift Anodize supervisor, Phil Mleziva for counting off the push-ups!


The #22PushupChallenge was started by the veteran empowerment group Honor Courage Commitment. The group’s 22KILL movement works to build a community of support for veterans and raise awareness for mental health challenges they face.
The #22PushupChallenge is one way to put a little sweat behind the always-nebulous motive of “awareness.” The ultimate goal of the project is to reach 22 million push-ups. For more information on how your push-ups can count visit 

Linetec and J & D Tube Benders honored at Manufacturing Excellence Awards

Wausau ChamberWAUSAU – A pair of businesses received awards at the Wausau Region Chamber of Commerce’s second annual Manufacturing Excellence Awards held on Tuesday, October 17. The Chamber honored manufacturers that have demonstrated excellence in their practice at the event held at the Stoney Creek Hotel & Conference Center in Rothschild.

WausauChamberAward-2017-LinetecLinetec received the 2017 Manufacturing Excellence Award in the large manufacturer category and J & D Tube Benders Inc received the award in the small to medium manufacturer category. The large manufacturer category included those businesses with more than 300 employees, while the small to medium manufacturer category included businesses with less than 300 employees.

“Linetec feels very honored to receive this award, especially considering the number of distinguished manufacturers that are based in the Wausau area,” said Rick Marshall, President of Linetec. “We would like to thank the 570 employees of our company. They are the ones that drive our positive culture and our core values, enabling Linetec to perform well and consistently for our customers.”

“J & D Tube Benders would like to thank the Wausau Region Chamber of Commerce for recognizing our company as the recipient for 2017.” said Tom Felch, President/Owner of J & D Tube Benders Inc. “It truly is an honor to be recognized for this award. The efforts of all of our employees is what makes our company what it is today. We encourage involvement from our employees at work, as well as in the community that we operate in. Our management team believes our responsibility reaches far outside the walls of our building.”

Roxanne Baumann, Director of Global Engagement with the Wisconsin Manufacturing Extension Partnership, was the keynote speaker at the event.

WSAW/WZAW’s Jeff Thelen served as the master of ceremonies for the event.

The event was part of the Chamber’s celebration of Manufacturing Month. The recipients displayed excellence in contributing to the growth in the region’s economy, operations, innovation, workplace culture, quality jobs, supply chain management and commitment to the region.

The finalists were:

Small to medium manufacturers (1 – 299 employees):

AROW Global Inc

FreMarq Innovations Inc

J & D Tube Benders Inc

Wilson-Hurd A Division of Nelson-Miller

 Large manufacturers (300+ employees):

County Materials Corporation

Domtar Paper Co LLC


Watch video profiles, produced by US Workstories, for both the finalists in the Small to Medium category and Large category on the Chamber’s YouTube channel.

Customodal was the presenting sponsor for the event. The platinum sponsors were Ellis Construction and Ruder Ware LLSC,  the gold sponsors were Marshfield Clinic Inc, River Valley Bank and Wipfli LLP, the silver sponsors were Greenheck, M3 Insurance, MBE CPAs and MCDEVCO Inc and the bronze sponsors were The Boson Company Inc, The Dirks Group LLC, Newmark Grubb Pfefferle, REI Engineering Inc and RMM Solutions Inc. WSAW/WZAW was the media sponsor and US Workstories was the video sponsor.

Nueske’s Applewood Smoked Meats and Greenheck received the award in 2016 in the small to medium and large categories respectively.

Wisconsin Manufacturers & Commerce (WMC) encourages manufacturing employers to host tours as October is Manufacturing Month in Wisconsin. For more information on statewide events, visit

Caption for Linetec.jpg: Linetec received the 2017 Manufacturing Excellence Award in the large manufacturer category. Mike Schauls, from left, Tammy Schroeder, Rick Marshall and Jane Kessel represented the business at the program.

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The Wausau Region Chamber of Commerce is the source for business information in the Wausau Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA). We strengthen member businesses and enhance the region by building business success. For more information on the Wausau Region Chamber of Commerce, visit us online at or call 715-845-6231.

Shining the spotlight on Brushed Stainless anodize

LinetecBrushedStainlessAnodize-web2Those of you who have visited us at this year’s industry events were treated to a preview of our new proprietary Brushed Stainless anodize finish. We are excited to announce that this finish is ready for the spotlight and for your specification.

Stainless steel has long been used in the architectural construction industry for its luster, richness and highly reflective appearance. This unique look could only be found in stainless steel until now.

Our new Brushed Stainless anodize finish emulates the clean, bright surface that architects and specifiers find desirable in stainless steel. Helping enhance and protect architectural aluminum products, Brushed Stainless anodize creates a similar look on aluminum offering a more cost effective, lightweight option.

BS-banner-webDue to cost, stainless steel can be value-engineered out of a project. Our new Brushed Stainless finish offers the popular look of stainless steel at less cost and almost one-third the weight of actual steel, with greater fabrication flexibility and all the strengths of anodize. It resists fingerprints and scratching, and requires minimal maintenance including in high-traffic areas offering excellent wear and abrasion resistance.

A high-performance anodized finish has an extremely long life span, has exceptional stability to UV rays, is non-hazardous and produces no harmful or dangerous by-products. In line with Linetec’s core value of Environmental Responsibility, Linetec has implemented the newer electro-polishing technology to achieve the highly reflective aesthetic properties of stainless steel on aluminum.

Linetec’s anodize finishes meet the requirements of the American Architectural Manufacturers Association’s stringent Class I specification standard, AAMA 611-14. The anodized aluminum resists the ravages of time, temperature, corrosion, humidity and warping, for a long product life cycle. Anodized aluminum may be specified with recycled content and is 100 percent recyclable.

shutterstock_flat sheets-webFor more information on our new Brushed Stainless anodized finish, or for personalized assistance in selecting and specifying the right coating for your aluminum building products, please contact Linetec’s regional sales managers , email or call 888-717-1472.

Manufacturing Excellence Awards

Wausau ChamberLinetec is proud to be nominated for the Wausau Region Chamber of Commerce’s Manufacturing Excellence Awards.

We are one of three finalists in the category of Large Manufacturers (300+ employees) recognized for contributions to growing the region’s economy, operations, innovation, workplace culture, quality jobs, supply chain management and commitment to the region.

The awards will be announced at an event on Oct. 17. For more details, please see

To learn more about joining our team, please see


Distinctive solutions for renovating building façades

Charles-Street-Garage-MA-webMost U.S. buildings currently in use will continue to be until 2050. Replacing aging windows with new, high-performance systems provides a better environment for building occupants and greater value for building owners. Helping evaluate and maximize the benefits of window system renovation and upgrades, Apogee Enterprises, Inc.’s Building Retrofit Strategy Team offers a new 28-page publication. “Window replacement: Unrealized benefits to building owners.” Available free for download at

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 supporting these building retrofit strategies include Alumicor; Harmon, Inc.; Linetec; Tubelite Inc.; Viracon, Inc.; and Wausau Window and Wall Systems.

To learn more about Apogee’s Building Retrofit Strategy Team’s services, or for a copy of “Window replacement: Unrealized benefits to building owners,” please visit or contact John Bendt at, 612-790-3137; or Kevin Robbins at, 715-409-0821.


Visit Linetec at the 19th Annual ALA Midwest Architecture Conference



Expanded Show Hours—10:15AM – 4PM

Linetec will be exhibiting at ALA’s comprehensive one-day conference education program, a leading source for architects and other building professionals to obtain the latest business and technical education on topics that directly impact their work.

The conference includes five education sessions, each of which offers five seminars on a variety of subjects ranging from codes and contracts to energy efficiency, performance and sustainable materials.

Be sure to stop by Booth # 308, and see your latest finishing offerings