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 sales@linetec.com 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 http://www.wausauchamber.com/events/details/manufacturing-excellence-awards-2017-10-17-6685

To learn more about joining our team, please see http://linetec.com/Careers/Careers.html

 

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 http://www.apog.com/documents/ApogeeRetro_WhtP.pdf.

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 http://www.apog.com/renovation.html or contact John Bendt at jbendt@apog.com, 612-790-3137; or Kevin Robbins at krobbins@apog.com, 715-409-0821.

 

Visit Linetec at the 19th Annual ALA Midwest Architecture Conference

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Mark your calendar! TUESDAY, OCTOBER 3, 2017 AT DRURY LANE CONFERENCE CENTER, OAKBROOK TERRACE, IL

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

AAMA updates paint specifications to -17

AAMA-proud memberThe American Architectural Manufacturers Association (AAMA) regularly reviews and updates its specification documents, including for painted coatings. The association’s Aluminum Material Council’s Finishes Committee has adjusted AAMA 2603, 2604 and 2605. The most current versions are denoted as 2603-17A, 2604-17A and 2605-17A.

What’s changed?

In the updated AAMA specifications, the procedure rating the adhesion of coatings to different substrates (via tape test) has been removed. Those standards are still required to meet AAMA’s guidelines, but now Section 8.4 Peel Adhesion refers the reader to ASTM D3359 to find the details on tape testing. These AAMA specifications also reference ASTM D3359-17 for the new requirements for tapes used in adhesion testing.

Section 8.4.1 now clarifies that all tests shall be performed in the sequence they appear in the document. Connected to this, the order of testing has been changed in the specifications. References to subsections of 8.4 also have been updated in Section 5.5.

What’s remains the same?

As a member of AAMA, Linetec stays up to date on these stringent industry standards and documents. We are committed to ensuring our customers’ finishing specifications are met on every project.

For a quick refresher, here’s what to remember about AAMA 2603, 2604 and 2605:

AAMA 2603 – typical for interior specifications

Required to show only “slight” fade and chalking after one year, AAMA 2603 has no specifications for gloss retention and erosion resistance. Baked enamel (acrylic/polyester) paints should meet AAMA 2603. These painted finishes are less expensive than fluoropolymer resin-based coatings, but have poor resistance to color fading and chalking. Baked enamel coatings are harder than fluoropolymer and can be used for interior application where color retention is not required.

AAMA 2604 – an “intermediate” specification

AAMA 2604 specifications are more demanding. If a finish qualifies, then five years after its application the color must have faded no more than 5 Delta E, the chalking no greater than 8, the finish still retain 30% of its gloss and no more than 10% of it has eroded. This finish will provide good color and gloss retention. It also will provide good hardness and abrasion resistance. Painted finishes meeting this specification typically are a 50% fluoropolymer resin-based coatings and are commonly applied on aluminum storefront framing, entrances or other high-traffic areas.

AAMA 2605 – the specification for high-performance exteriors

Ten years after it has been applied, an AAMA 2605 paint will have faded no more than 5 Delta E, the chalking will be no higher than 8, 50% of its gloss will still be retained and only 10% of the film will have eroded. These finishes exhibit outstanding resistance to humidity, color change, chalk, gloss loss and chemicals. Painted finishes meeting this specification typically are a 70% fluoropolymer resin-based coatings and are commonly applied on aluminum framing and systems for monumental architectural projects.

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

To download the latest version of these, or any, AAMA documents, visit the AAMA Publication Store

Linetec’s Tom Danen honored with Patriot Award – presented by Department of Defense for extraordinary support of employees who serve in the Wisconsin National Guard and Reserve

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From left to right: Spc. Andrew Jimenez, Tom Danen – Linetec and Dave Monk – ESGR representative

Wausau, Wisconsin (Sept. 2017) – The Wisconsin Committee for Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR), an agency of the U.S. Department of Defense, honored Linetec’s production supervisor for paint applications Tom Danen with a Patriot Award.

Spc. Andrew Jimenez nominated Danen for “extraordinary support” of employees who participate in military service. Jimenez serves in the U.S. Army Reserve, assigned to the 687th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion in Brokaw, Wisconsin. Before joining the Guard full-time, he worked with Danen at Linetec in Wausau, Wisconsin.

On Sept. 6, Dave Monk, ESGR representative, presented the Patriot Award to Danen at Linetec’s facility. After graciously accepting the award, Danen commented, “It was a pleasure working with Andrew. His hard work and dedication to his job at Linetec were greatly appreciated. I greatly admire and thank Andrew for his service in the U.S. Army Reserve.”

Danen noted that he grew up in a military family, and both of his parents were in the Reserve. He remembered, “The companies they worked for were flexible with their work schedules, so it just came second nature to me that Linetec would be this way.”

“Tom Danen has provided outstanding support and cooperation, and has exhibited a patriotic spirit, which is reflected in the significance of being a recipient of the Patriot Award,” said Williams. “The Patriot Award is only presented to employers who not only hire Guard and Reserve members, but demonstrate superior support to the military employee and his or her family. The National Guard and Reserve forces are the cornerstone of our national defense.”

The U.S. National Guard and Reserve currently includes 1.3 million members. The ESGR accepts Patriot Award nominations from all members of the National Guard and Reserve. Learn more at www.esgr.mil.

Linetec celebrates Dave Piotrowski’s retirement

Daves cakeDave started in the finance department at Linetec, 34 years ago, when the company was only three months old! Retiring as Linetec’s Cost Accounting Manger, Dave was also instrumental in three ERP implementations over his years with Linetec

President Rick Marshall noted, “We were very fortunate to have Dave’s financial and analytical skill set at Linetec for 34 years. Dave made a very meaningful impact on Linetec’s business, helping us see and capture numerous opportunities for improvement. He will be missed at both a professional and personal level.”

Vice President of Finance, Chris Menard adds, “Dave put others first and was always willing to jump in where needed and help his coworkers move the company forward. From the time I new Dave, he was a steady influence in the department and his legacy here will continue long into the future.”