History of Linetec
Linetec was founded in 1983, by its parent company Apogee Enterprises Inc. Apogee's companies specialize
in glass, coatings and architectural products, so establishing a finishing company focused on architectural products was a natural
The increasing demand by architects for windows of different colors spawned Linetec. As hardly anyone was specializing in
coating architectural products, this was a niche waiting to be filled.
Linetec started in Wausau, Wisconsin in June of 1983 with a small facility and a single paint line. Scott Platta
managed Linetec with 20 employees and a 40,000 square foot building capable of applying enamel, acrylic and Kynar
Linetec was only the second paint line in the U.S. to paint Kynar coatings in a single pass.
In 1984, Linetec's field service department was founded and sent on its first project to a 34-story, high-rise bank in Kuwait. Dale Robinson, a paint line supervisor was sent to Kuwait to inspect the project. Upon review, the only thing wrong with the material was the fact that they were off-loading it with wire cable, wrapping chains around it, and pulling it to the jobsite. Dale has since gone on to lead Linetec's field service as the field service manager.
Linetec's concern for the environment was evident as far back as 1984, when an environmental compliance officer was hired to coordinate all Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Protection Agency compliance activities.
Linetec subsequently expanded its finishing offering to its customers by adding anodizing and powder coating lines. In 1986, a $4 million
automated anodizing line was installed in its own facility across the street from the paint plant and in January of 2005, Linetec added its
powder coat operation.
Linetec has set the standard for environmentally-friendly finishing operations. In 1994, Linetec invested $2M in a thermal oxidizer. The oxidizer eliminates harmful chemicals prior to them being released into the atmosphere, and enables Linetec to continue to apply high-performance liquid paint coatings, while operating 98.8% air-pollution-free.
Linetec has gone far beyond just providing reliable deliveries and trucking services. In 1995, Linetec added a fleet of trucks to provide regular pick up and delivery services, with distribution points and covering much of the U.S. By 2001 Linetec trucking grew to more than 20 weekly truck runs throughout the U.S., demonstrating the benefit and value this service has to its customers.
In 1999, Linetec provided part of its factory space to help incubate a PVC fabrication business, Polywood Fabrication. This business, which
provides finished interior shutter panels to retail dealers throughout the U.S., has since established its own facility, consolidating all of its U.S.
fabrication centers in Wausau.
Linetec has tremendous focus on Continuous Improvement, using the tools of Six Sigma, a formal process-improvement methodology. Six Sigma was implemented at Linetec in 2001. Six Sigma methodologies eliminate process variation, leading to more consistent quality processes.
Linetec values-based culture has earned our company several regional and national honors and awards, including the Wisconsin Governor's Award as an Exemplary Employer, The #1 Best Place to Work in the architect products and glass industry, Outstanding Achievement Award for Excellence in Safety, Community Challenge Award, Crystal Achievement Award and the Wisconsin Manufacturer of the Year Award.
Today, after numerous plant expansions and developments, our three high-tech finishing plants, provide more than one-half million square feet of automated finishing capacity.