Linetec has earned a long-standing reputation as a leader in environmentally-conscious practices and finishing options. For more than a decade, environmental responsibility has been written into our core values.
Over the past decade, Linetec has made significant internal environmental process improvements and changes through associate responsiveness and Six Sigma methodologies.
Linetec is in full compliance of all environmental regulations. Linetec's or any other company's environmental compliance records can be verified on the US Environmental Protection Agency website (EPA's ECHO).
Linetec has been environmentally focused long before green was anything other than a color. As an example, in 1987, Linetec’s installed fume scrubbers at its anodize facility. This equipment removes 99% of the contaminants in the airstream prior to exhausting outside into the atmosphere. In 2008, the investment was enhanced by treating and re-circulating the water used from the scrubbers so that fresh water does not need be used in this process, saving more than one million gallons of fresh water per month.
Also helping save on energy costs, Linetec’s facilities began updates in 1999 to have white or light-colored roofs. This resists heat absorption and enables the buildings to cool down faster and minimizes air conditioning loads.
Given our Northern climate, Linetec used Wausau’s cold temperatures during fall, winter and spring to provide cooling for its anodizing tanks. To control the build-up of heat in the anodizing bath Linetec installed two large dry coolers in 2003, which act like a cars radiator. Water is pumped through the coolers, which reduces the temperatures, and the chilled water is returned to the building and used to cool the tanks. Linetec shuts down all electrical-run process chillers when outside temperatures dip below 35ºF. The facilities continue to benefit from this “free cooling” system until the outside temperature exceeds 55ºF, which provides a significant reducing in electrical consumption.
Electricity and natural gas consumption was further reduced through installing energy efficient fluorescent and LED lighting and reclaiming process heat from its processes that would normally have been lost to the environment.
Linetec brings outside air into the facilities where there is a natural concentration of heat, reducing the heat load on Linetec’s air make-up equipment. Linetec also captures heat created by its compressors and uses that heat to offset facility heating.
In 1993, Linetec installed a destructive oxidizer that protects the environment by destroying the volatile organic compounds (VOCs) emitted by the
The facility captures 100% of the VOCs released and, of those, 99.4% are destroyed in its oxidizer.
Rather than being sent to a landfill, Linetec’s paint-related waste is safely incinerated to reclaim the energy. In addition to the paint-related waste used for fuel blends, Linetec recycles contaminated solvents. A supplier cleans these solvents and returns them to Linetec for re-use, reducing unnecessary waste.
Since 1992, Linetec has led a multi-facility material recycling program. Each year, tons of aluminum cans, paper, plastic bottles, light bulbs, scrap PVC, wood, steel and other metal, cardboard and banding are diverted from the waste stream.
Linetec also has focused on minimizing the amount of packaging materials, while not compromising the integrity of the packaged product. Since 1996, Linetec’s re-usable shipping containers have been available. These minimize the use of disposable wood pallets, and maximize container space within a truck or trailer bed helping reduce fuel for transportation.
Minimizing wasted time and fuel, Linetec’s optimized truck routes and dedicated transportation fleet can ship finished materials directly to many of its customers and their job sites.
In 2007, auxiliary power units were added to trucks reducing unnecessary diesel fuel consumption by more than 85%. This has since become a requirement on trucks in California and New York.
Numerous miles of trucking and hours of driving also have been eliminated due to maintained inventory. Starting in 1998, key customers could ship large quantities of material to Linetec. This is stored and controlled by Linetec until the customer needs it to be finished and shipped. On average, 3 million pounds of customer-supplied aluminum is under Linetec’s supervision and care.
Going green is an opportunity to satisfy customers to a higher degree. Anticipating customers’ needs, Linetec is continuously reviewing and researching other environmentally responsible coatings.