Grateful to give

HappyTHanksgivigingAs we prepare to celebrate Thanksgiving with friends and family, we reflect on the reasons we have to be thankful. Among these, we are grateful that we can share with those in our community who are in need of a helping hand.

Through the United Way and other local organizations, Linetec and our associates contribute, not just during the holidays, but year-round. Our company supported numerous community events, charitable fundraisers and donation drives, including:

  • Wausau Polar Plunge, sponsored by Linetec, raised more than $90,000 for Special Olympics Wisconsin. The funding helps change the lives of 10,000 athletes across the state.
  • Run to Remember 5k Run/Walk was hosted by the Woodson YMCA and sponsored by Linetec to honor the victims of the March 22, 2017 shooting that impacted a number of families across several Central Wisconsin communities and shook the entire region. The initial fundraising goal of $15,000 was exceeded and established a standing memorial.
  • Fill a Backpack/Fill a Need provides a backpack filled with new, grade-appropriate school supplies for up to 6,000 eligible children in Marathon County. Linetec and its associates donated money, supplies and time to this annual project of the Workplace Volunteer Council.
  • Community Career Closet donation drive is a project of the United Way of Marathon County’s Emerging Leaders in collaboration with Linetec. The project provided more than 300 people across the county with business professional clothing for interviews or employment.
  • Veterans’ 22 Pushup Challenge fundraiser held at Linetec was started by Honor Courage Commitment to raise awareness for veteran’s metal health. Along with raising awareness, the goal is to raise money as participants accept pledges and the challenge of completing 22 pushups. Now a national event, the organization hopes to reach 22 million pushups.
  • The local food pantries provide individuals and families in the area with supplemental food assistance. Several times a year, Linetec hosts a food drive where our associates donate nonperishable food items for families who cannot afford the food they need.
  • The Woman’s Community, Inc. coordinates with Linetec to donate holiday gifts for several families in Marathon County. The organization serves people who have been affected by violence, assault or unemployment and helps them gain emotional and economic self-sufficiency.

In addition to these, Linetec’s contributions through the United Way’s funded programs serving Marathon County, promote school readiness, student performance and career readiness; create and sustain affordable, safe living options; provide accessible, confidential and critical connections to community services; and much more.

thanksgiving-pumpkins-clipart_1151-983The success of all these “giving” activities is due to our associates’ generous contributions and participation. This year alone, Linetec and its associates donated an average of $140 per employee improve lives in their community.

We are thankful to be a part of such a generous team who continue to make a positive difference in our community and our company.

Please click here to learn more about Linetec’s Core Values and about joining our team.

 

Linetec’s 33rd Annual Customer & Supplier Appreciation Golf Outing

Thank you to everyone that joined us for Linetec’s 33rd Annual Customer & Supplier Appreciation Open House and Golf Event. Despite a bit of warm and humid weather, we had a wonderful day on the course. Each year, our suppliers are so thoughtful and generous in their donations!

Each year a variety of events take place on the course, besides golf. This year included a few oversize games including dice, Jenga, Beer Pong and Connect Four as well as Bulzibucket. You don’t have to be good to golf to win prizes at this outing!

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Each year brings a few newcomers  to the outing. We hope you had a great time!

Whether a new customer, a new supplier, or a new Linetec associate, you always need to be the look out for Pepe Le Pew while on the course!

Please enjoy this 5 minute video scrapbook of the day

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Thank you all…

Linetec honors long-term associates

Every two years Linetec hosts a Service Award Banquet to recognize the dedication of its associates having reached milestone anniversary dates. Associates and their guest were invited to Greenwood Hills Country Club on Saturday, April 7th for an evening of fun, recognition and thanks.

10 yr associates: Chad A, Cara B, Tim B, Dan B, Brad B, Keith C, Robin C, Travis D, Mike F, Joleah F, Joel G, Matt H, Adam H, Andy J, James J, Jason K, Pete K, Chris M, Boone P, Jeremy P, Jackson S, Roberto S, Scott S, Deb S, Barb S, Tom S, Dave S, Lisa U, Michy V, Kip V, Cliff W, Cher X

15 yr associates: Mark A, Chris B, Mark B, Paul B, Dale B, Jon C, Lynn C, Chris K, Gina K, Shane L, Megan L, Brian S, Dan T, Doug W

20 yr associates: Dameon B, Pam C, Jason G, Jayne G, Mike K, Hilda K, Chris K, Wa Pao L, Jeanne M, Ryan M, Eric M, Ron S, Jackie S, Dawn T, Dennis W, Lue Y

25 yr associates: Aric I, Jeff K, Brian R

30 yr associates: Jon B, Brian G, Russell H, Rick L, Todd P, Brian R, Calli S, Bob W, Don W, Roger Z

35 yr associates: Denny H, Dale R

40 yr associate: Jerry H

50 yr associate: Mark H

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 activeheroes.org/22pushups/ 

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 People to Know: Andy Joswiak

JoswiakQ:  Tell me about your job

A:  For the past 18 years, I have been the V.P. of Operations. The duties and details of the job were very extensive, so with Linetec’s recent growth, the decision was made to split that role into two positions.

The two new positions are:

V.P. – Operations with responsibility for daily manufacturing, scheduling and safety

V.P. – Engineering and Technical Services, (my new position), with responsibility for Engineering, Environmental, Continuous Improvement, Maintenance, New Product Introductions, and New Plant & Equipment

Q: What did you do prior to Linetec?

A: I focused on my education and held part-time jobs. I sent out one resume while in my senior year of college – and I am still here.

Q: What is your favorite part of your job?

A:  Working with all the great people at Linetec and helping to build a team and culture that has made Linetec the best in our industry.

I also enjoy working on concepts and projects that make us safer, better, faster and more reliable.

Q: What poses the biggest challenges for you?

A:  Easy – keeping up with the significant growth we have seen over the past four years.

It has been phenomenal, but ensuring we have capacity to service that growth has at times been challenging.

Q: What is the biggest change you’ve seen over the years of doing your job?

A:   Change – it never stops. We are constantly improving our process capability, capacities and offerings. It has been great to be part of the change improvement for the past three decades.

If I had to pick one, it would be connecting nearly all the buildings of Linetec with the Line 3 “Great Hall” connection.

Q:  What is something you are looking forward to?

A:  Getting into more detail of my new position to make Linetec even better and more capable.

Q: What do you enjoy doing outside of work?

Andy-snowmobiling-webA:  I really enjoy the outdoors, both winter and summer. It is tough to find things to do outside in Wisconsin in the winter. Snowmobiling is one thing I really enjoy no matter how cold it gets outside.

You don’t understand cold until you are doing 100 MPH on a snowmobile with an outside temperature of -17F. (I am not sure what the wind chill was, but it was a little cool.)

I have also snow-machined in Alaska several times. If you ever have that opportunity, do it. It is nothing like trailriding in Wisconsin. And I still managed to keep in contact with customers via cell phone in the mountains!

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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.”

Congratulations to Linetec’s 2017 Lead Training Program Graduates

LeadershipClass8-17-(2)webThese associates dedicated 26 training hours of time over 10 months, including 2 on-the-job assignments and earn 6 technical college continuing education credits! A few of their classes include Core Values for Leaders, Safety & Injury, Communication, Conflict Resolution, as well as Upstream and Downstream Experiences.

Congratulations to:

  • Aaron Groh
  • Travis Dalsky
  • Matt Meurette
  • Tom Stiff
  • Kim Thibedeau
  • Jonathan Antoniak
  • Tom Hubert
  • Luke Mucha
  • Ryan Strehlow
  • Thao Xiong
  • Matt Buck
  • Pete Kope
  • Ed Radomski
  • John Sturzenegger
  • Phil Mleziva

(not all associates were available at time of photo)