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Daniel Politowicz named as Tubelite logistics manager

October 5th, 2021|

Walker, Michigan (Oct. 2021) – Tubelite Inc. welcomed back Daniel Politowicz as its logistics manager serving all of the company’s locations and personnel, including direct supervision of the company’s shipping assistants.

Politowicz reports to Tubelite’s order and planning manager, Scott Waggoner. Together, they oversee the company’s U.S. and Canadian freight movement, distribution and continuous improvement initiatives supporting Tubelite’s storefront, curtainwall, entrances and daylight control systems.

Drawing from more than 35 years of logistics and distribution experience, he is knowledgeable in Kaizen methods and lean manufacturing. Prior to joining Tubelite in 2015, Politowicz served as an operations and procurement manager at Palogix Supply Chain Services, a third-party logistic company based in Michigan.

Earlier in his career, he worked for 15 years at Coca-Cola Refreshment, eventually becoming the senior transportation manager for the Great Lakes Region. He also worked as a transportation manager for Menlo Worldwide Logistics, a global supply chain company based in Michigan.

Politowicz began his career with the U.S. Marine [ Read More… ]

IFMA World Workplace, Oct. 27-28, Kissimmee, FL

September 28th, 2021|

Apogee Renovation will be representing Tubelite and exhibiting in booth #1422 at the International Facility Management Association (IFMA) World Workplace Conference and Expo. The Expo will be held at the Gaylord Palms Resort in Kissimmee, Florida, on Oct. 27, 9 a.m.-3 p.m.; and Oct. 28, 9:30 a.m.-1 p.m.

Apogee Renovation, an initiative of Apogee Enterprises, Inc., provides high-performance glass, aluminum framing and window system solutions to optimize energy efficiency and enhance aesthetics of commercial properties, drawing upon the resources of Apogee’s business units: Alumicor, EFCO, Harmon, Linetec, Sotawall, Tubelite, Viracon, and Wausau Window and Wall Systems. With these solutions, building owners and developers can reduce energy costs, increase tenant satisfaction and improve the overall value of their buildings.

Learn more about Apogee Renovation at https://www.apogeerenovation.com.

Learn more about IFMA World Workplace at https://worldworkplace.ifma.org.

IFMA is the world’s largest and most widely recognized international association for facility management professionals, supporting 24,000 members in more [ Read More… ]

WCNY Glass & Glazing Expo, Oct. 20, Buffalo, NY

September 20th, 2021|

Jim Oberlin, Tubelite’s Eastern/Midwest Regional Sales Manager, will be presenting “Thermal Efficient Fenestration” at the WCNY Glass & Glazing Expo at 10:20 a.m. on Oct. 20.

This all-day event is hosted by the Finishing Trades Institute of W&CNY, an AIA Buffalo/WNY Allied Member. Registration is free at https://www.wnyglazingexpo.com.

Those attending Tubelite’s presentation will learn more about selecting energy-efficient aluminum framing systems, including storefront, curtainwall, and entrance doors for commercial applications. Participants will have the opportunity to earn 1.0 LU AIA/HSW.

Tubelite’s continuing education program will examine energy codes, thermal design criteria, definitions, condensation, testing and certification processes enhancing the design professional’s ability to make appropriate thermal framing selections for their project. Common materials used in commercial construction will be reviewed with a detailed look at the benefits of using recycled aluminum, thermal properties and energy saving techniques.

To learn more about Tubelite’s thermal-efficient fenestration solutions, please look for Jim at the event or explore our website for [ Read More… ]

BuildingsNY, Oct. 20-21, Pier 36

September 20th, 2021|

Apogee Renovation will be exhibiting and representing Tubelite in booth 437 at the BuildingsNY show, Oct. 20-21, at Pier 36, 299 South St., New York. Advance registration is free through Oct. 19.

About Apogee Renovation

Apogee Renovation, an initiative of Apogee Enterprises, Inc., provides high-performance glass, aluminum framing and window system solutions to optimize energy efficiency and enhance aesthetics of commercial properties, drawing upon the resources of Apogee’s business units: Alumicor, EFCO, Harmon, Linetec, Sotawall, Tubelite, Viracon, and Wausau Window and Wall Systems. With these solutions, building owners and developers can reduce energy costs, increase tenant satisfaction and improve the overall value of their buildings.

Learn more about Apogee Renovation at https://www.apogeerenovation.com.

About BuildingsNY

For 35 years BuildingsNY has been the leading event for NYC building professionals. This annual event brings together more than 4,000 industry professionals and provides the tools and suppliers needed to increase a building’s profitability, business growth and efficient operations.

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Tom Klutho joins Tubelite as client development manager for Louisiana and Mississippi

September 13th, 2021|

Walker, Michigan (Sept. 2021) – Tubelite Inc. welcomed Tom Klutho as a client development manager serving Louisiana and Mississippi. Klutho reports directly to Tubelite’s regional sales manager Terry Robinholt. They work closely with glazing contractors and architectural teams across the region to assist with storefront, curtainwall, entrances and daylight control systems.

Most recently, Klutho served as architectural sales representative at Wausau Window and Wall Systems. Both Wausau and Tubelite are part of Apogee Enterprises, Inc. At Wausau, he was involved with several successful health care, education, government and commercial building projects, including at Mississippi State University.

Klutho previously worked as an architectural sales representative for both Kawneer and C.R. Laurence Company, Inc., after serving as an architectural consultant at a Guardian Glass Fabricator.

In addition to his professional experience, Klutho earned a bachelor’s degree in communication and media studies from Missouri State University. He also earned a Construction Specification Institute (CSI) [ Read More… ]

BOMA, Oct. 6-9, Boston

September 6th, 2021|

BOMA 2021 logoApogee Renovation will be exhibiting and representing Tubelite at the Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA) International Conference & Expo, Oct. 6-9 in Boston.

Visit with Apogee representatives in booth #707 at the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center. Expo hours are Thurs., Oct. 7, 12:30-5 p.m. and Fri., Oct. 8, 10:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Conference programming runs Wednesday throughout Saturday.

About Apogee Renovation

Apogee Renovation, an initiative of Apogee Enterprises, Inc., provides high-performance glass, aluminum framing and window system solutions to optimize energy efficiency and enhance aesthetics of commercial properties, drawing upon the resources of Apogee’s business units: Alumicor, EFCO, Harmon, Linetec, Sotawall, Tubelite, Viracon, and Wausau Window and Wall Systems. With these solutions, building owners and developers can reduce energy costs, increase tenant satisfaction and improve the overall value of their buildings.

Learn more about Apogee Renovation at https://www.apogeerenovation.com.

About BOMA International

The BOMA International Conference & Expo are produced [ Read More… ]

AIA Iowa, Sept. 23-24, Des Moines

August 23rd, 2021|

Hillesheim Architectural Products will be representing Tubelite in booth #163 at the American Institute of Architects (AIA) Iowa Annual Convention, Sept. 23-24, at the Iowa Events Center in Des Moines.

The exhibit hall will open with a continental breakfast on Thurs., Sept. 23, at 7 a.m. and on Fri., Sept. 24, at 7:45 a.m. Lunch on Thursday and refreshments during conference breaks also will be served in the expo area. The hall will close by 11:30 a.m. on Friday.

Learn more and register by clicking here.

CSI Milwaukee, Sept. 13, Wisconsin

August 13th, 2021|

On Sept. 13, the Milwaukee chapter of Construction Specifications Institute (CSI) hosts an in-person presentation on storefront and curtainwall by Tubelite’s representative, Rick Hillesheim, CSI, BME, NFRC ACE. He will discuss how to avoid common failures and review success stories.

Rick is the president of Hillesheim Architectural Products and its sales engineer. He draws from more than 35 years of experience representing fenestration  manufacturers including Tubelite Inc. He is a registered NFRC ACE and a guest trainer for the Milwaukee-area Glaziers Union, Painters & Allied Trades–District Council No. 7 apprentice training program for eastern Wisconsin.

The CSI Milwaukee’s evening event is held at DoubleTree by Hilton, 611 W. Wisconsin Ave. Cocktails and socializing starts at 5 p.m., followed by dinner and chapter announcements. The one-hour educational presentation will begin at 6:30 p.m.

Learn more about the event and register online by clicking [ Read More… ]

Architectural Design Solutions, AIA/CES webinar, Aug. 26

August 13th, 2021|

As part of the Architectural Design Solutions Webinar Series hosted by Apogee Enterprises, Tubelite’s Kevin Haynes will present “In’s and Out’s of Aluminum Doors and Frames for Storefront and Curtainwall” on Aug. 26 at 2 p.m. CDT.

Attendees will have the opportunity to learn the advantages of architectural aluminum doors and frames, industry standard sizing, and standard hardware options. The course also provides an overview of architectural finish options for aluminum doors and frames.

Register here for this free, online event.

Participants can earn 1.0 LU AIA for this hour-long presentation and stay for a second one on “Codes, Ratings and Labels for Windows and Curtainwall” presented by Wausau Window and Wall Systems’ Steve Fronek, PE.

To learn more about Tubelite’s aluminum door and framing for storefront and curtainwall, please explore our website for product information and architectural resources.

Loews Kansas City Hotel features aluminum framing systems by Tubelite, finishing by Linetec, glass by Viracon

July 14th, 2021|

Missouri’s Loews Kansas City Hotel is the first full-service luxury hotel to open downtown in more than 30 years. Rising 24 stories and encompassing 800 rooms, its crisp, modern, minimalist look was designed by Cooper Carry and brought to life with Tubelite Inc.’s curtainwall, window wall, entrance and interior aluminum framing systems.

One of Tubelite’s largest completed projects to date, Flynn Midwest LP installed approximately 122,000 square feet of Tubelite’s systems. All of Tubelite’s aluminum framing was finished by Linetec in an Arcadia Silver color on the exterior with multiple paint and anodize finishes on the interior. The finished aluminum was paired with Viracon‘s VRE1-38, VRE1-4322 and VNE1-63 high-performance low-e products, all on a clear glass substrate. Archon Fenestration Technologies, LLC served as the local manufacturers’ representative assisting with glass and framing product selection, specifications and coordination.

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Tubelite expands ForceFront Blast product family for DoD, GSA, VA applications

June 29th, 2021|

Tubelite ForceFront Blast Standard EntranceWalker, Michigan (June 2021) – Tubelite Inc. has expanded its ForceFront® Blast product family to include a full range of high-security curtainwall, storefront, entrance door systems for low- and mid-rise government, health care, educational and commercial building projects.

Tubelite’s ForceFront Blast systems are engineered to comply with the blast hazard-mitigating requirements for U.S. Department of Defense (DoD), General Service Administration (GSA) and Veterans Affairs (VA) applications. In addition to verified fenestration systems, Tubelite provides its clients with engineering and estimating support services to deliver projects’ required performance with competitive pricing.

Tubelite ForceFront Blast Curtainwall“The Tubelite ForceFront Blast family of products are now a complete package of curtainwall, storefront and entrances, providing maximum safety and security for public and private construction projects,” said Greg Hall, Tubelite’s product development manager. “ForceFront Blast systems are engineered for simple integration [ Read More… ]

Erika L. Heredia R. named as Tubelite’s continuous improvement director

June 7th, 2021|

Erika L Heredia RWalker, Michigan (June 2021) – Tubelite Inc. welcomes Erika L. Heredia R. as the company’s continuous improvement director based in Walker, Michigan. Reporting to Dean Seger, vice president of integrated supply chain, Heredia’s focus will be to lead the implementation of lean manufacturing initiatives for Tubelite’s six locations.

Heredia draws from a decade of leadership in Apogee Enterprises Inc.‘s family of businesses including Viracon, at Tru Vue and now at Tubelite. She most recently served as Viracon’s continuous improvement manager and previously as the coatings production manager. Heredia has extensive Six Sigma training and completed Apogee’s 17-month Lean Six Sigma Black Belt management trainee program. She applied this knowledge as a lean Six Sigma Black Belt at Tru Vue.

In addition to her professional experience, Heredia earned a master’s degree in production and management, and industrial process improvement from OBS Business School through Spain’s Barcelona University. Fluent [ Read More… ]

Josh Herman returns to Tubelite as client development manager for western Pennsylvania and northeastern Ohio

May 4th, 2021|

Walker, Michigan (May 2021) – Tubelite Inc. welcomes Josh Herman as a client development manager serving western Pennsylvania and northeastern Ohio. Based in Ohio, he previously served in this role from 2018-19. He returns to the team as a manufacturing representative, and as the founder/president of Herman Architectural Products, LLC.

Herman reports directly to Tubelite’s regional sales manager Jim Oberlin. They work closely with glazing contractors and architectural teams across the region to provide assistance with storefront, curtainwall, entrances and daylight control systems.

Most recently, Herman worked as an outside sales representative at W.A. Wilson Glass in Canton, Ohio. He previously was employed at Everhart Glass Company, also located in Canton. While at Everhart, he served as an operations manager and as a shop foreman. He also has served as a project manager at Oldcastle Building Envelope in Warwick, Rhode Island, where he worked with architects and engineers.

Herman perused a bachelor’s degree in business finance at the University of [ Read More… ]

Wendy’s Quality Supply Chain Co-op, Inc. teams with Tubelite Inc. to offer storefront and entrance systems on prototype restaurants

April 28th, 2021|

Wendy's restaurantTubelite Inc. announces an agreement with Wendy’s Quality Supply Chain Cooperative (QSCC) to supply architectural aluminum products for “Smart 2.0” prototype restaurants in the U.S.

Wendy’s® Smart 2.0 prototypes are part of its “Smart Family of Designs” portfolio offering franchisees development options, including smaller footprint buildings. To simplify the construction process, reduce building costs and support good environmental stewardship, QSCC will rely on Tubelite for dedicated inventory of storefront and entrance products for Wendy’s 30-, 40- and 55-seat new Smart 2.0 restaurants.

As the independent purchasing cooperative for the Wendy’s® system and the third-largest purchasing cooperative in the quick-service restaurant industry, QSCC works with leading suppliers to provide Wendy’s restaurants with products and services that offer quality, consistency and value. Meeting QSCC’s criteria, Tubelite is recognized as an industry leader for its dependable service, product fabrication and distribution of eco-efficient architectural aluminum products.

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Net-zero-ready Colorado office showcases modern design and high performance with Tubelite’s thermal curtainwall and window wall

December 9th, 2020|

Vaisala, Denver; photo by Matt PuckettVaisala, a Finnish company and global leader in weather, environmental and industrial measurements, recently opened its new North American headquarters in Louisville, Colorado. Designed by OZ Architecture of Denver, the office building blends Scandinavian style and sustainable, net-zero-ready functionality.

Tubelite Inc.’s curtainwall and window wall systems contribute to the building’s crisp, modern, minimalist, high-performance design. Thermally broken aluminum framing, low-e insulated glass and Tubelite’s PTB120 Thermal Pressure Plate supplied by Deceuninck further support the building envelope’s sustainability and energy-efficiency goals.

Naturally welcoming design
Vaisala, Denver; photo by Matt PuckettCreating a fluid, indoor/outdoor campus, Vaisala’s new two-story, 35,000-square-foot building accommodates the majority of the company’s 150+ Colorado-based employees and a weather-monitoring operations center. It also serves as a conference and training center for customers and researchers from around the world.

Welcoming its U.S. staff and its global [ Read More… ]

Tubelite expands MaxBlock Sun Shades product line with new single-blade airfoil design

November 16th, 2020|

Walker, Michigan (Nov. 2020) – Offering more options for daylighting and shading strategies on commercial buildings, Tubelite Inc. introduces MaxBlock® Single Blade Sun Shades with a single, horizontal, airfoil-shaped blade in 6- and 9-inch depths, and widths spanning up to 149 inches. This new design expands the MaxBlock Sun Shades by Tubelite line of multi-blade airfoil, tubular and “Z” blade sun control product selections.

Sun shades contribute to managing solar heat gain by shading vision glass, while allowing natural light into the building envelope without obscuring the view. This helps maintain a comfortable interior temperature for building occupants and minimizes glare on screens and monitors, along with the associated eye strain. For building owners, reducing solar heat gain and the corresponding HVAC demands increases the opportunity to save on utility costs with energy-efficient performance.

Tubelite’s MaxBlock Sun Shades can be manufactured with recycled aluminum content. The products’ [ Read More… ]

ARCO/Murray teams with Tubelite on Topgolf projects to ensure design continuity, consistency, quality across multiple locations

November 9th, 2020|

Every year, new Topgolf venues open across North America and beyond. Supporting this consistent growth, ARCO/Murray Construction Company has provided design/build services for U.S. Topgolf locations since 2006. Partnering with its client and with Aria Group Architects, Inc., ARCO/Murray has helped create at least 60 Topgolf entertainment destinations with more planned.

Topgolf venues offer a golfing, gaming, dining and entertainment experience built on technology that uses embedded microchips in golf balls to track players’ shots on its enclosed driving ranges. To ensure continuity across multiple sites, with multiple glazing contractors and multiple architectural aluminum framing systems, ARCO/Murray teamed with Tubelite Inc. on more than half a dozen Topgolf projects since 2015.

Tubelite’s national accounts team assisted ARCO/Murray with product selection and services for such Topgolf destinations as Oklahoma City, Columbus, Omaha, [ Read More… ]

Dean Seger named as Tubelite’s vice president of integrated supply chain

October 12th, 2020|

portrait of Dean SegerWalker, Michigan – Tubelite Inc. has named Dean Seger as vice president of integrated supply chain in Walker, Michigan. Reporting directly to company president Steve Green, Seger’s focus will be on manufacturing, quality and logistics for Tubelite’s six manufacturing sites.

“We are very excited to have Dean join our team! As we continue to grow, his knowledge and experience will prove invaluable to contributing to our commitment to quality and dependability,” said Green.

Seger joins Tubelite with more than two decades of operations leadership, most recently coming from Western Window Systems, a residential window manufacturer in Phoenix. He began his career there as the continuous improvement director before being promoted to vice president of manufacturing, then to his most recent position as vice president of operations. In this position, he implemented lean manufacturing principals for labor- and cost-savings, and drove new product development that resulted in significant annual revenue growth.

Previously, Seger was [ Read More… ]

Customer Training Series, July 16-Oct. 1, 2020

July 13th, 2020|

Tubelite’s new, live, online Customer Training Series begins July 16, 10 a.m. EDT, with senior technical trainer Ron Schaaf. For flexibility with customers’ schedules, each session’s topic will be repeated twice. All require registration, start at 10 a.m., and are limited to customers or by special invitation.

Visit our Calendar to register and join in our small group educational sessions.

  • July 16, Website/Client Portal Basic Overview
  • July 23, EZ 101 – Price Book and EZ Estimate Spreadsheet Overview
  • July 30, EZ 201 – EZ Estimate Spreadsheet for Modified Doors
  • Aug. 6, EZ Product Substitution Tool
  • Aug. 13, Website/Client Portal Basic Overview (encore)
  • Aug. 20, EZ 101 – Price Book and EZ Estimate Spreadsheet Overview (encore)
  • Aug. 27, EZ 201 – EZ Estimate Spreadsheet for Modified Doors (encore)
  • Sept. 3, EZ Product Substitution Tool (encore)
  • Sept. 10, Website/Client Portal Basic Overview (encore)
  • Sept. 17, EZ 101 – Price Book and EZ Estimate Spreadsheet Overview (encore)
  • Sept. [ Read More… ]

Salt Lake City’s Fire Station No. 14 features triple-glazed, Therml=Block curtainwall

June 8th, 2020|

In April 2020, Salt Lake City’s Fire Station No. 14 earned LEED Gold certification through the U.S. Green Building Council for its energy-efficient, environmentally responsible design and construction. When it opened in 2018, it was one of the first net-zero-energy (NZE) fire stations in the country, meaning it generates more energy than it consumes. Helping achieve the building’s performance goals, Tubelite Inc.‘s triple-glazed thermal curtainwall, multi-pane storefront and interior framing systems were installed by Mollerup Glass Co.

Nestled between the Wasatch and Oquirrh Mountains, Salt Lake City’s valley winter temperature inversions can act as a lid trapping cold air and pollution for several days or weeks. The State of Utah and Salt Lake City have invested in strategies and resources to improve the air quality and reduce potential health risks.

Salt Lake City’s NZE facilities mandate and “Climate Positive 2040” plan seeks to [ Read More… ]

Jim Hughes named client development manager

May 19th, 2020|

Tubelite Inc. has named Jim Hughes as client development manager serving the market in Maryland, northern Virginia and Washington, D.C. He reports directly to Tubelite’s regional sales manager, Patrick Daniels. They work closely with glazing contractors and architectural teams to provide assistance with storefront, curtainwall, entrances and daylight control systems.

Hughes joins Tubelite with over three decades of experience in the glass and glazing industry. He began his career at Harmon, Inc. as a senior sales associate, and included an operations role at Trainor Glass Company and Fairfax Glass Company. Most recently, he worked as an account manager at Schüco USA, where he served clients and architects in New York City; Washington, D.C.; and across the East Coast.

Hughes said, “I am excited to share the Tubelite product line with the architectural community, general contractors and the glazing industry [ Read More… ]

Tubelite’s high-performance systems with traditional, culturally inspired design

April 28th, 2020|

Project - Navajo Tribal Utility Authority (NTUA) Headquarter - Fort Defiance, NM - Curtainwall, Storefront, Entrances - 2019The Navajo Tribal Utility Authority (NTUA) was established in 1959 to address the absence of utilities on the 27,000-square-mile Navajo Nation, which extends into Arizona, New Mexico and Utah. After 60 years, the NTUA has grown into the largest multi-utility enterprise owned and operated by an American Indian tribe.

The NTUA’s new headquarters brings together administrative departments within its 80,000-square-foot offices located in Fort Defiance, Arizona. Dyron Murphy Architects, a Native-American owned business, said its design was inspired by Navajo cultural elements. Traditional building materials are complemented by modern, high-performance, aluminum-framed curtainwall, storefront and entrance systems manufactured by Tubelite Inc. and installed by Southwest Glass & Glazing.

The project broke ground in 2017 with a ceremonial blessing of the site, emphasizing the importance of the project’s connection to the local [ Read More… ]

University’s aquatics center achieves LEED Gold

April 16th, 2020|

Project - Southern Methodist University – Aquatic Center - Dallas, TX - Curtainwall, Storefront, Entrances - 2017Southern Methodist University’s (SMU‘s) new Robson & Lindley Aquatics Center and Barr-McMillion Natatorium stands as a gateway for the growing east campus and builds on a legacy of proud Olympians, world records and 155 national titles. Earning LEED Gold certification through the U.S. Green Building Council, the project also exemplifies SMU’s commitment to sustainability.

To realize the project’s aesthetic, performance and sustainability goals, glazing contractor B&B Glass, Inc. installed Tubelite Inc.’s high-performance 400CW Series Curtainwall, T14000 Series Storefront and Wide Stile Entrance systems. Contractor and LEED consultant, The Beck Group, led the project’s 20-month construction.

Home to SMU’s Dallas-based, internationally recognized men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams, the 42,000-square-foot center provides facilities for practice and competition. Brinkley Sargent [ Read More… ]