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)

 

 

 

Linetec Customer and Supplier Appreciation Golf Outing

Thank you to everyone that joined us for our 32nd Annual Open House and Golf Event. Despite the dreary weather in the morning, we had a wonderful day. Each year, our suppliers are so thoughtful and generous in their donations!

Regardless of the rain that fell the previous evening and that morning, the course was in fine shape. Thank you Pine Valley Golf Course!

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Each year brings new firsts, this year we had a First Time Golfer! Fabio from PPG (originally from Brazil) had never been on a golf course before. Their team didn’t win, but they assured us they had a great time.

 

Not only do our guests get to golf at our outing, but they also have the chance to answer trivia questions, find hidden items throughout the course, try for the best poker hand and play crazy games! Two of the games this year were Birdie Bounce…..

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and Walk the Plank

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Thanks for another successful year….  See you for our 33rd Annual in 2018!