Anodize Nickel Test

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Nickel Test

When extreme hardness is required for aluminum building components, such as in high-traffic areas, like entranceways and railings, an AAMA 611-14 anodized aluminum finish should be specified.

The hardness of anodized aluminum rivals that of the diamond.

This “Nickel Test” demonstrates why a Class I high-performance anodize coating is the perfect choice for exterior architectural applications.

5 Things to Know About On-Site Finishing Repair and Restoration

Regardless of its durability, no architectural finish is completely maintenance-free. Periodic cleaning is needed and, in such cases, on-site repair and restoration may be necessary. Here are five things to keep in mind when looking into on-site finishing services:

  1. Start at the source   Whether it is graffiti removal, premature paint chalking and fading, or an anodized surface needing to be refinished, begin by talking to the original finisher to see if they can correct the issue with their on-site team. If this isn’t a practical option or they don’t offer field repairs, please contact us to discuss a plan for restoring your finish to its intended appearance
  2. USCourthouse-RightNewlyPainted-webGo with the pros  For any large refinishing project, consult a professional service. On-site restoration and repair of sizeable architectural projects require specialized equipment and knowledgeable professionals. As projects like these typically are performed on occupied buildings, an experienced partner also can help minimize disruptions with appropriate scheduling and communication.
  3. MadisonCourthouse-fieldrepaint3-webPerformance counts  Ask if the coatings being applied during restoration and repair meet the American Architectural Manufacturers Association (AAMA) specifications of the original finish application. One solution may be a PVDF resin-based air-dry coating that is field-applied by a qualified, professional finisher. Developed to meet green building criteria, these tough properties of these coatings resist marring and abrasion, and require little maintenance.
  4. Take care with touch-up  For minor scratches and blemishes, some applicators may supply a limited amount of touch-up paint. These are fairly easy to apply, but remember that they are only intended to cover a small area. It does not have the adhesion or durability of factory-applied coating, and will deteriorate at a faster rate. For best results, follow all instructions that come with touch-up paint and use it very sparingly. Also, when applying touch-up, use extreme caution as excessive use may void the original finisher’s warranty.
  5. Know your warranty  On-site project warranties vary greatly depending on the project and situation. If the issue being repaired is an applicator or manufacturer issue, the warranty most often will parallel the manufacturer’s factory warranty. For field repair and restoration work unrelated to a factory-applied issue, warranty options may be applicable depending on the base metal condition, base finish condition, site location or type of damage. Read carefully to understand the terms and timeline.

Learn more about Linetec’s on-site repair and restoration services by clicking here. For personalized assistance or to request a site visit, please contact Linetec’s field service manager, Dale Robinson, by emailing fieldservice@linetec.com or calling 888-717-1472.

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.

Linetec People to Know – Jeff Fochs

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Q: Tell me about your job at Linetec

A: I am the Regional Sales Manager for the East Central Region. I go out to visit new and existing customers ensuring customer satisfaction and trying to gain more business for Linetec. I also head up Linetec’s flat sheet program along with our purchasing department.

Q: What did you do prior to Linetec?

A: My family owns a residential construction business, so I grew up building houses. After graduating, I was an outside sales rep for a local lumber yard and then moved to Weather Shield as a territory manager.

In 2007, I got the bug to move out West. I spent four years living in Seattle working for a Canadian company as a Territory manager selling architectural panels covering Washington, Oregon and California. In January 2012, I moved back to Wisconsin to be closer to family, and I started at Linetec in February 2012.

Q: Are there any color or finishing trends you are seeing in your territory?

A: I’ve been seeing more and more requests for unique finishes. Either odd colors, or textured coatings like our Terra Cotta. Our wood grain finishes are really gaining interest too.

Q: What is something you are looking forward to?

A: I am looking forward to going to spring training in South Carolina with the Wausau West baseball team.

Q: What is something people don’t know about you?

A:  Most people outside the office don’t know that I love my crazy socks. It’s actually easier that way because I don’t have to try to match anything. Also, my dad and I make our own maple syrup.

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Jeff’s fashion sense has been wearing off on  others at Linetec

Learn more about Linetec at www.linetec.com

Antimicrobial Protection for Architectural Aluminum

people-quoteLinetec offers antimicrobial protection infused into 70% Kynar 500 PVDF resin based coatings for the use on high-touch, architectural metal products’ exterior and interior surfaces, such as doors, windows, curtainwall, entrances, panels and column covers.

Available in nearly any color options: standard and custom colors, mica and metallic coatings.

Available in thermal strut systems, where products can be manufactured with two-tone finishes. You can chose to apply the interior and exterior finishes that best match their your cost, performance and design requirements.

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Antimicrobial protection is infused into select Linetec 70% PVDF-based fluoropolymer product finishes helping to inhibit the growth of stain and odor causing bacteria that may affect the surface of the coating. It protects product finishes from microorganisms such as bacteria that may cause odor and deterioration of the physical properties of the coating.

How it Works:
When moisture is present, the ion exchange mechanism in the antimicrobial finish is activated and silver cations are released. The released silver acts on odor causing bacteria by disrupting metabolism and reproduction

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Whitepaper: Antimicrobial Protection for Public Building Applications

Antimicrobial protection infused into 70% Kynar 500 Fluorosurfactant Free PVDF resin based coatings for public building applications

FOR MORE INFORMATION

Email sales@linetec.com
Contact your regional sales manager
Phone us at 888-717-1472

News Channel 12, Rhinelander visits Linetec

Watch video clip – http://www.wjfw.com/stories.html?sku=20161118181127

Linetec’s success leads to continued growth

WAUSAU – Last month, Wausau-based Linetec announced it wanted to hire 40 or 50 new employees. By the end 2017, it will have grown by a couple hundred employees in just a few years.

Linetec is an architectural metal finishing company, but what exactly does that mean, and why has it been so successful?

When you step onto Linetec’s production floor with company president Rick Marshall, you’ll notice the sounds, machines, and people.

The people at Linetec aren’t making or molding aluminum. They’re working with all types of pieces of it.
“Basically any type of product that’s aluminum that you may find on the exterior of buildings would be a potential customer of ours,” said Linetec President Rick Marshall.

Companies don’t want to put raw aluminum windows, skylights, and louvers on the outside of buildings. Instead, they want that aluminum either painted or anodized.

“Two reasons, weathering, so you don’t get corrosion, and the other is to provide color,” said Marshall.
Half of Linetec works with paint.

“It’s a combination of robots, robot-applied paints. It’s supplemented in a lot of cases with hand spray, manual spray,” said Marshall.

Employees have a lot of paint options.

“You get to see a lot of neat things, like colors. We have so many different cool-looking colors,” said Logan Wenninger.

If customers choose to have their aluminum anodized, they have just a few color options. Anodizing uses a chemical and electrical process on the metal.

“The outside of the aluminum is changed to aluminum oxide. That aluminum oxide is kind of like a hard crust formed on the outside of the aluminum,” said Marshall.

Painted and anodized aluminum components go far and wide.

“Any place east of the Rockies is where it’s going immediately, to a fabricator who’s making the windows, or making the end product. From there, it could go any place in the United States or in North America,” said Marshall.

While the products could go anywhere, Linetec’s only plant is here in northcentral Wisconsin, but that one plant keeps growing, thanks in part to company core values which go beyond just words.

“Teamwork is a big thing, just understanding and just having respect for the individual,” said Lisa Ullman, a nine year Linetec employee.

“How well you do your job matters, but the attitude you carry to work every day matters more than that,” said Marshall.

While painting aluminum, anodizing it, and shipping it across the country, that attitude seems to come across in Linetec’s hundreds of employees.

“It’s a rare treat to find a company with this kind of culture,” said Marshall.

In the 33 years since Linetec in Wausau opened, its plant has expanded from 40-thousand square feet to 900-thousand square feet.

Interested in a career with Linetec? Apply online 

Linetec names Michael Bridenhagen as inside sales manager

mikeb-webMichael Bridenhagen will lead and develop Linetec’s inside sales and customer service team. As the inside sales manager, Bridenhagen will drive efficiency in department operations and will support on-time customer delivery and satisfaction. Linetec provides finishing and related services for customers’ architectural metal components, such as aluminum framing for window, curtainwall and entrance systems, as well as automotive, marine and manufactured consumer goods.

Bridenhagen has served in sales and management roles for more than 20 years at several Wisconsin-based companies. Most recently, he was the sales manager for Eastbay, Inc./Footlocker.com’s largest, most influential school and clubs sports accounts. Previously, he worked at Noel Group, LLC, as vice president of operations where he was responsible for three call centers and a team of 90 people. Noel Group is the former parent company of Travel Guard, a leading travel insurance plan provider, where Bridenhagen worked as regional vice president of sales for the western U.S. and Canada.

In addition to his professional experience, Bridenhagen earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of Wisconsin–Whitewater. Continuing to expand his knowledge, he also successfully completed Kellogg Graduate School of Management programs through Northwestern University in Illinois.

Outside of the workday, Bridenhagen’s volunteer work has included being a board member on the Boys & Girls Club, and the Green Circle Trail as promotion and education committee chair for the 27-mile scenic hiking and biking trail. He also has served as a mentor/champion for Jobs for Life program participants, and  an Early Grade Reading Initiative Committee Member with the United Way of Marathon County. In addition, he is a board member on the University of Wisconsin–Stevens Point Men’s Basketball Court Club’s Coach’s Committee, as well as an area youth/high school boys’ basketball and football coach.

For more information about Linetec’s associates, finishing services and more, please call 888-717-1472, email sales@linetec.com or visit http://www.linetec.com.