Client News: Linetec to expand with a third anodize line in Wisconsin adding jobs, capacity, capabilities; maintaining lead times

Linetec, one of the largest architectural finishing companies in the U.S., will expand its capacity and capabilities with a third anodize line. The 120,000-square-foot addition and associated improvements are estimated to cost $15.3 million and to bring nearly 100 jobs to the city of Wausau, Wisconsin. In January 2014, Linetec opened a 30,000-square-foot addition to its existing anodize lines, which are operating at capacity.
“We plan to have this additional line fully functional by Summer 2015 and are breaking ground immediately to get the site work completed prior to the cold, winter months. This will make us the only company in North America to have three architectural anodizing lines,” said Rick Marshall, Linetec’s president. “As the market continues to show strong recovery, our customers continue to experience tremendous growth and we are expanding to meet their needs.”

Linetec’s vice president of sales, Jon Close, added, “We are making this significant investment to stay ahead of demand. As our industry continues to recover and grow, we are seeing finishing lead times, particularly for anodize finishes, being pushed out to lengthier waits. This expansion will ensure ample capacity to give our customers the high-quality anodize finishes, consistent lead time and reliable service that they have come to expect from Linetec, as well as giving us the freedom to introduce new finishing capabilities.”

Linetec’s anodize is specified on architectural aluminum products, such as window and door systems, storefront framing, sun shades, light shelves, canopies, column covers, panels and flat sheets. Unlike other finishes, anodizing highlights aluminum’s metallic appearance. Because it is an integral part of the substrate, the anodic coating results in a hard, durable substance providing excellent wear and abrasion resistance with minimal maintenance.

The new anodize line, like Linetec’s other anodize lines, are fully automated and use the most recent technology. Linetec also pioneered environmental innovations in anodize that resulted in its industry-leading, eco-friendly anodize process. Compared with traditional anodize, Linetec’s process reduces waste by as much as 90 percent, decreases energy use, creates recyclable byproducts and enhances the durability and lifecycle of the finished product.

Once the planned expansion is completed, Linetec’s Wausau campus will span 670,000 square feet and provide room to further enhance production flow throughout the facilities. Along with its anodize lines, this space houses a comprehensive breadth of finishing and related services including liquid paint and powder coat finishing, thermal improvement and stretch forming services, warehousing, packaging and distribution.


Client News: Appleton Coated wins Gold Ink Awards

TACU_2014CuriousCollectionSwatchbookhe Gold Ink Awards honored Appleton Coated with a Gold and Silver award for its recent swatchbooks. The awards ceremony and Hall of Fame Banquet will be held in Chicago on Sept. 29 in conjunction with GRAPH EXPO, and featured in Printing Impressions magazine.

“Considered the ‘Oscars of the printing industry,’ the Gold Ink Awards are judged by a dozen professionals and peers. In addition to having our own promotional materials recognized among the year’s best examples of creative, printed communication, it’s always nice to see the number of Gold Ink entrants who select our papers for their award-winning work,” said Ferkó X. Goldinger, Appleton Coated’s marketing manager.

A Gold award will be presented for the new Curious Collection® swatchbook, designed by Appleton Coated’s Judy Brochtrup. The swatchbook welcomed Curious Matter®, an avant-garde, uniquely textured paper made with potato starch, and complements the other six grades of multi-sensory papers in Curious Collection. These fine papers are manufactured by Arjowiggins and distributed exclusively in North America by Appleton Coated.2013UtopiaSwatchbook_web

The Utopia Swatchbook, designed by The Thorburn Group of Minneapolis, will receive a Silver award. The swatchbook helps navigate the entire Utopia family of six high-quality, coated papers’ grades, shades, finishes and distinct personalities, ranging from the elegance of Premium to hardworking Utopia Three.


Client News: Idaho’s tallest building showcases Wausau’s unitized curtainwall, a first in the state

Wausau-Tubelite_OH_8thMain-1_MarcWalters_webRising above Boise’s skyline to become the tallest in Idaho, Eighth and Main prominently features Wausau Window and Wall Systems’ INvision™ Series unitized curtainwall and ClearStory™ sun shades. The $76 million, 18-story mixed-use building opened Feb. 15, 2014, and is pursing Silver certification through the U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED® rating system.

The project’s architect of record, CTA Architects Engineers, not only designed the superstructure, but also occupies the 8th floor. On the 9th floor are Babcock Design Group’s offices, the architectural firm that served as the design architect for the overall project and the building envelope.

Built on a vacant lot known as the “Boise Hole,” the project erased an infamous eyesore from the city’s downtown. Constructing more than 390,000 square feet of Class A office, retail and restaurant space, it has brought new tenants and business to Boise’s downtown.

Building owner The Gardner Company, a full service real estate company, prides itself on partnering with companies that implement the highest of standards. This includes designing and constructing to LEED criteria, minimizing impact on the environment. To realize The Gardner Company’s vision, CTA collaborated with Babcock Design Group, general contractor Engineered Structures Inc. (ESI), plus other key building team members to create a cost-effective, durable and energy-efficient building.

“Gardner’s vice president of construction, Tom Ahlquist Sr., is very knowledgeable of the building process and was very hands-on throughout the project,” says Bob Thiede, Wausau’s architectural sales representative serving Idaho. Respecting Wausau and specialty glazing contractor D&A Glass Company, Inc.’s contributions to this process and to the all-glass façade, Ahlquist and his team invited them to participate in the project’s initial design charrette Wausau-Tubelite_OH_8thMain-5_MarcWalters_webin the winter of 2011.

“This project was the first unitized curtainwall project in Idaho, and is now the tallest building in Idaho,” adds Thiede. To better visualize the curtainwall for the Eighth and Main’s project, Wausau’s team coordinated a trip to the manufacturing center in Wisconsin and to a similar installation in New York. Thiede along with Wausau’s regional sales manager Keith Lindberg and project manager Dale Cejka, hosted D&A Glass’ owner Denise Alter and senior project engineer Lester Alter, and representatives from ESI.

“The first leg of the tour included an in-depth tour of our LEED-Silver certified manufacturing facilities in Wausau, Wisconsin. We showed them how the unitized curtainwall is engineered, fabricated and pre-assembled into units. Glazing and sealing in a controlled factory-controlled environmental ensures that conditions are maintained to achieve the intended performance required for the project. And the pre-assembled units make the system easy to install on the job site,” notes Thiede.

In addition to being the first unitized curtainwall application in Boise, it also was D&A Glass’ first unitized installation. Thiede explains, “Lester started his career in southern California working on commercial projects, but never had been involved in unitized projects. In addition to witnessing the installation in New York, Lester traveled to the Phoenix to meet with one of Wausau’s long-time customers, Dave Tidwell, CEO of KT Fabrication who also has major unitized curtainwall experience. They discussed logistics and the best practices for setting of unitized panels.”

ESI broke ground on the project in July 2012. By Spring 2013, Wausau’s unitized curtainwall started arriving at Eighth and Main’s job site pre-engineered and factory-glazed in sequenced phases. Shipped one lite wide by one floor tall, the interlocking units facilitated speedy installation by the glazing team. In total, 72,000 square feet of Wausau’s unitized curtainwall, custom canopies and other finishing details were installed on the building.

“In addition to its aesthetics and performance, we valued the ease of installation and the schedule enhancement the unitized curtainwall system provided the project,” says David Bowar, ESI’s project manager.

Wausau-Tubelite_OH_8thMain-4_MarcWalters_webThe southeast corner of the building features Wausau’s unitized curtainwall running the full height of the building, accented by custom sun shades with integral LED lighting. The remainder of the tower features the same unitized system in continuous vertical strips installed between glass fiber reinforced concrete (GFRC) panels. At street level, the first two floors incorporate Tubelite Inc.’s storefront and entrances.

Supporting the project’s energy-efficient and environmental attributes, Viracon’s high-performance insulating, laminated glass was used throughout the curtainwall, storefront and entrance systems. In addition to the curtainwall and sun shades, Wausau provided zero sightline vents, custom interior stools, and other aluminum-framed architectural building products.

Both Wausau’s and Tubelite’s aluminum extrusions from secondary billet contain at least 70% total recycled content. Linetec painted all of the aluminum framing in a 70% PVDF finish. This high-performance architectural coating meets the most stringent, exterior, architectural specification, American Architectural Manufacturers Association’s AAMA-2605. As an environmentally responsible finisher, Linetec safely captures and destroys the liquid paint’s volatile organic compounds (VOC) content before the finished material arrives at the job site.

During the project, Wausau’s Cejka and senior engineer Craig Schreiner visited the job site, conducting inspections to support D&A Glass’ correct installation. “Although this was D&A Glass Company’s first time working with Wausau’s unit wall, everything ran very smoothly,” said Cejka.

“It has been our pleasure to work with the Wausau team,” stated D&A Glass’ Denise Alter. “We could not have made a better choice than Wausau for this project. The expertise, customer service and true involvement from [their] people have been like no other project we have done. We would love to do more projects [together] in the future.”

Wausau-Tubelite_OH_8thMain-2_MarcWalters_webAt Eighth and Main’s grand opening ceremony on Feb. 15, 2014, Boise’s Mayor David H. Bieter praised the building as the “crown jewel” of the city’s downtown. Current tenants include: Zions Bank, Holland & Hart, Parsons Behle & Latimer, A10 Capitol, Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse, Flatbread Pizza Company, On the Fly Deli and Zenergy Health Club.

Anchor tenant Zions Bank hosted a free community grand opening that included family activities, local food trucks and a rock concert. Scott Anderson, president and CEO of Zions Bank, noted, “We believe that this epic celebration is fitting as we close the books on ‘the Hole’ and pay tribute to the beautiful new building that’s taken its place as the tallest in Idaho.”


Eighth and Main, 800 W. Main St., Boise, Idaho  83702
* Owner: Gardner Company; Boise, Idaho;
* Architect of Record: CTA Architects Engineers; Boise, Idaho;
* Design Architect – building envelope: Babcock Design Group; Boise, Idaho, and Salt Lake City;
* General Contractor: Engineered Structures Inc. (ESI); Meridian, Idaho;
* Glazing contractor: D&A Glass Company, Inc.; Boise, Idaho;
* Glazing systems – curtainwall manufacturer: Wausau Window and Wall Systems, INvision Series curtainwall and ClearStory sun shades; Wausau, Wisconsin;
* Glazing systems – entrances manufacturer: Tubelite Inc., entrance systems and 400 Series curtainwall; Walker, Michigan;
* Glazing systems – glass: Viracon; Owatonna, Minnesota;
* Glazing systems – finisher: Linetec; Wausau, Wisconsin;
* Photographer: Marc Walters Photography
* Video: TreJuice Films, Trevor Atkinson,


Client News: Rockfon Island’s frameless ceiling products deliver acoustical performance, easy installation

RF_Island_Park2020ExperiCtrRockfon® Island™ frameless, stone wool ceiling products expand designers’ creative options in achieving acoustic comfort for open plan offices, restaurants, waiting rooms, call centers and other spaces where sound can be overwhelming to occupants.

“Innovative and aesthetically pleasing, these frameless acoustic islands provide an alternative acoustic solution for rooms where suspended ceilings are not suitable. They can be used as part of a retrofit or to create a cloud-like design feature,” said Cory Nevins, ROCKFON’s director of marketing for North America.

Rockfon Island’s modular format is available in square or rectangular sizes, at either 3 feet 9-11/16 inches or 5 feet 9-5/16 inches in length. The frameless shape has a sharp, minimalistic edge and a subtle, elegant bevel. It features a smooth texture and white color to optimize light reflection (LR 0.86).

Rockfon Island, like all ROCKFON acoustic ceiling panels, consist of stone wool materials and inherently absorb acoustic waves from all angles due to its non-directional fiber. The stone wool also delivers a number of other notable performance benefits including fire protection, and water and humidity resistance.
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Contributing to building’s environmental goals, Rockfon Island products contain up to 39 percent recycled content. ROCKFON’s extensive portfolio of stone wool acoustic ceiling solutions has earned UL® Environment’s GREENGUARD Gold Certification for low-emitting products. These environmental attributes are recognized by such programs as the U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED® Rating System and the Collaborative for High Performance Schools’ Criteria (CHPS).

As with all of ROCKFON’s stone wool ceiling panels, these panels also are 50 to 75 percent lighter than other ceiling panels for easier installation. Providing low maintenance and long-term durability, ROCKFON products supplied in North America are supported with a 10-year product warranty.

Client News: Linetec shares a new white paper on antimicrobial protection infused coatings for public building applications

Linetec offers Antimicrobial Protection for Public Building Applications, a new white paper. Co-authored by Linetec, The Sherwin-Williams Company and Microban International, Ltd., the paper is available free for download at (PDF).
The new white paper describes the uses and advantages of antimicrobial infused coatings, as well as details the related technology, testing and specifications. According to the paper, “The need for microbial control stems from the fact that there are an estimated 4.5 million bacterial and fungi species throughout the planet, many of which travel and migrate via the constant ebb and flow of human foot traffic through an ever-changing population of people visiting public buildings. Under the right conditions, some microbes can double in number every 30 minutes or faster.”

“The white paper is the latest addition to our educational resources available to building team members. The antimicrobial infused coatings are one of our most recent, innovative developments serving our customers, especially those working on health care facilities, educational campuses and other public building projects,” says Jon Close, Linetec’s vice president of sales.

Antimicrobial protection is infused into select polyvinylidene fluoride (PVDF) finishes to inhibit the growth of stain and odor causing bacteria on the coating of aluminum surfaces. Linetec relies on a fluoropolymer finish containing 70% Kynar 500® Fluorosurfactant Free (FSF) PVDF resin-based SHER-NAR™ 5000 Superior Performance Architectural Coating with antimicrobial protection. This three-coat system meets requirements of AAMA 2605, the most stringent specification for architectural coatings.

Close adds, “Now, antimicrobial protection can be specified for high-touch, architectural metal products’ exterior and interior surfaces, such as hand rails, doors, windows, curtainwall, entrances, light shelves, panels and column covers. Anywhere the growth of stain and odor causing bacteria is a concern, projects can benefit from this extra level of protection.”

An environmentally responsible finisher, Linetec safely captures and destroys the volatile organic compounds (VOCs) present in liquid paints at the factory before arrival on the building site. These industry-leading practices complement other health-conscious and green building choices, such as using recycled aluminum content, and ensure a long-lasting, durable and sustainable finish.


Client News: Valspar’s Fluropon® exterior coatings offer field-proven, high-performance for metal roofing, panels and more

Valspar_NV_Aria1webWith its high durability and large color palette, Valspar’s Fluropon® exterior coatings have become an industry standard for both metal coil coating and aluminum extrusion applications since its launch in 1965. These field-proven, high-performance, 70 percent polyvinylidene fluoride (PVDF) coatings are offered in two- to four-coat systems in nearly any formulation, including low gloss, low sheen, solar reflective and ENERGY STAR. A wide variety of colors also are available, from neutral to bright colors, micas, metallic, pearlescent and Kameleon® color shifting coatings.

Valspar_LA_930Poydras_TimothyHursley2webFluropon coatings are ideally suited for long-life external use on monumental high-rise structures and pre-engineered buildings’ exterior architectural products made from aluminum, galvanized steel and Galvalume® coils and aluminum extrusions. End-uses include: metal roofing and wall panel systems; framing for curtainwall, windows, skylights and entrance systems; louvers and grills, soffits, fascia, mullions, column covers and more.

“A tried and true product, Fluropon has been protecting building components for nearly 50 years. This superior coating is battle-tested, real world-proven and architecturally worthy of the limelight,” said Jeff Alexander, Valspar’s vice president of sales for global coil and extrusion. “In all of its applications, Fluropon is recognized for its exceptional long-lasting durability, outstanding color consistency, excellent overall adhesion, and superior flexibility and formability.”

As examples of projects featuring Fluropon, Alexander mentions:
• 930 Poydras residential tower, New Orleans
• Sunnyvale Town Center Target Store, California
• Central Arizona College’s Maricopa CampusValspar_AZ_Maricopa_LiamFrederick1web
• Dallas Cowboys’ Stadium, Texas
• Exploration Tower at Port Canaveral, Florida
• Waubonsee Community College, Plano, Illinois
• Guthrie Theater, Minneapolis
• Paul David Athletic Training Center at Massillon High School, Ohio
• Aria Resort and Hotel Las Vegas
• Skyventure entertainment facility, Nashua, New Hampshire
These and other project examples can be viewed on Valspar’s website.

Linetec-Valspar_FL_ExplorationTwr1_RipNoelFluropon, containing a 70 percent PVDF proprietary resin system, meets or exceeds the American Society for Testing and Materials’ stringent standards, the American Architectural Manufacturers Association’s AAMA 2605 high-performance exterior specification. Fluropon demonstrates reliable performance including resistance to harmful ultraviolet rays, chemical degradation, abrasions and humidity.


Association News: AAMA Fall Conference registration deadline approaching

The American Architectural Manufacturers Association (AAMA) is still accepting registrations for the upcoming AAMA 2014 Fall Conference. It will be held Sept. 14-17 in Westminster (Denver), Colorado. An action-packed week in the heart of the Centennial State has been planned for attendees, who can test their industry knowledge with a game show during the Product Supplier Display, and enjoy a night on the town at Red Rocks Amphitheatre. Those interested in making a hotel reservation at the Westin in Westminster may contact Florence Nicolici directly.

Exhibitor spots for the Supplier Product Display are still available, although time is running out to join the 14 currently filled. This opportunity is offered to Category 1 supplier members and provides the opportunity to exhibit products and services during an informal reception. Exhibitors are able interact with a number of potential customers without the added expense of separate trips or time away from the office. Local architects, specifiers and other industry professionals also have been invited to attend.

While at the display, attendees can test their knowledge by playing “Are You Smarter than a FenestrationMaster?” and win discounts off FenestrationMasters™ courses and exams. Players can earn savings on the only publicly available professional education and certification program by correctly answering questions from the course work.

Attendees also can look forward to optional Sunday events, including a Colorado Foothill sightseeing tour with a visit to the Coors Brewery and a golf scramble tournament. The tour will be from 8:45 a.m. to 1 p.m., and the golf scramble will have a 9 a.m. tee time. A group outing for dinner and karaoke at the Red Rocks Amphitheatre will happen Tuesday night starting at 4 p.m.

During these networking events and throughout the conference, attendees are encouraged to tweet using the hashtag “#AAMAConf” and mention @AAMAinfo.

To stay in the loop and have a custom-built agenda in your pocket all week, attendees can download the free AAMA app. During the Fall Conference, app users can receive notifications with pertinent event information, connect and interact with AAMA staff, take notes during conference sessions and much more. The app is available in the iTunes App Store and on Google Play.

Michael Hodgson, ConSol founder, has more than three decades’ worth of experience in making new and existing buildings more energy efficient. His presentation, “California Regulatory Proceedings Impacting the Nation,” will be given Tues., Sept. 16. Hodgson will discuss how California’s leading edge energy policy is driving the market to time-of-use energy pricing, incentivizing ways to reduce peak load and detailing how the policy impacts energy choices in buildings.

Additional speakers will include Dick Doyle, who will present an update on The Vinyl Institute, and Sherwin-Williams representatives Kathy Andersson and Eric Crosby, who will give an aluminum-focused presentation on coatings trends and residential and commercial exteriors.

On Monday, spouses attending the conference are invited to roll up their sleeves from 9-11 a.m. to fill backpacks with school supplies to benefit a Title I elementary school serving underprivileged children in the Westminster area.

A Title I area school is designated as such for having a poverty level at or above 40 percent. Children attending Title I schools are typically in homes where the household income is under $23,000 per year. AAMA will be filling and delivering more than 400 backpacks at a cost of $22 per backpack.

Volunteers will travel to the school to distribute the backpacks as well. Thanks to those who helped sponsor this important project and for World Vision’s efforts in bringing this cause to the conference.

World Vision is a humanitarian organization dedicated to working with children, families and their communities to help them reach their full potential by tackling the root causes of poverty and injustice. AAMA and World Vision have been working together since February 2012.


Client News: Wisconsin Safety Council director presents award to Wausau

The Wisconsin Corporate Safety Award flag now flies at Wausau Window and Wall Systems. Janie Ritter, director of the Wisconsin Safety Council, visited Wausau in August to present the flag and award plaque to company president Jim Waldron and safety manager Doug Janz.
At the award ceremony, Waldron said, “Safety is at the top of the list of our core values and we have a great team of associates that made this recognition happen.” After being honored five years in a row as an award finalist, Wausau Window and Wall Systems was selected as one of only 13 winners in the state of the prestigious, 20th annual Wisconsin Corporate Safety Award.

During her visit, Ritter toured Wausau’s manufacturing facility and spoke to the associates. She explained the history of the Wisconsin Safety Council and the Wisconsin Corporate Safety Award: “There is a rigorous nomination process where statistical information, as well as information on the organization’s safety programs is considered by a panel of judges. There are many companies in Wisconsin doing the right things to provide safe workplaces, and the winners of the Wisconsin Corporate Safety Award are the best of the best.”

The Wisconsin Safety Council website elaborates, “This awards program honors businesses for exemplary safety records and excellence in safety and health management. These businesses are making safety a top priority. They have gone to extensive measures to assure their most valuable asset — their employees — are safe on the job.”

Waldron added, “This is an incredible award. It shows that every associate takes their own safety and the safety of their team members seriously.”

To learn more about Wausau’s safe, green business practices, products and employment opportunities, please visit


Client News: Knutson Construction shares “Top 10 Considerations in Healthcare Renovation”

KCS_ChildrensHospitalMpls_PaulCrosby_web“Top 10 Considerations in Healthcare Renovation” is a new paper from Knutson Construction sharing its extensive experience in healthcare facilities renovation projects and key points that should be addressed when selecting a contractor. The paper can be viewed by online.

“Having led over 150 healthcare construction projects for over 20 different organizations in the last 15 years, Knutson is well-versed in the joint commission standards, and literally wrote the book on interim life safety measures and infection control,” says Todd Vigil, Knutson’s vice president of project development. In addition to safety and communication, the Top 10 list addresses such topics as value-conscious budgeting and the benefits of using larger, self-performing contractors for renovation projects.

Vigil adds, “Our Top 10 list reflects our philosophy that it’s not the construction that comes first, it’s the needs of patients and staff; minimizing disruption and maximizing convenience is more than a priority – it’s a requirement.

Knutson has contributed to notable healthcare projects for Children’s Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota, Fairview Health Services, and a major healthcare provider in Rochester, Minnesota. Other healthcare clients include Hazelden Foundation, University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, Allina Health, and Park Nicollet.


Association News: AAMA announces new certification and technical staff appointments

The American Architectural Manufacturers Association (AAMA) announces new staff appointments, which include Jason Seals as certification manager and Rich Rinka as technical/industry affairs manager.

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Seals comes to AAMA with over 15 years of experience in the fenestration industry. As AAMA’s certification manager, he will direct all certification-related activities of the association with direct management responsibilities for the AAMA air, water and structural Gold Label Certification Program, as well as the AAMA Thermal Certification Program (Silver Label). Also, Seals will manage all aspects of the ANSI accreditation requirements in addition to certification-related audits and act as advisory staff liaison to assigned member groups within the association.

“We are very fortunate to have Jason join AAMA in the role of certification manager,” says AAMA’s president and CEO, Rich Walker. “He will be a valuable asset to the association and our members since he brings with him more than 15 years of testing and member company knowledge and experience.”

In his most recent position with a window and door manufacturer, Seals managed certifications and approvals from various independent inspection agencies and code organizations, including AAMA.

Rich Rinka, Technical/Industry Affairs ManagerAAMA_RichRinka

As AAMA’s technical/industry affairs manager, Rinka will serve as a technical spokesperson and liaison representing AAMA at the meetings of key affiliated industry organizations to identify any areas of interest or impact to AAMA members. He also will conduct critical reviews of the association’s technical documents to ensure consistency, stringency and accuracy, as well as coordinate the use and acceptance of AAMA standards by other consensus bodies. As staff liaison for assigned committees and task groups, Rinka will provide technical expertise and direction for members.

“In a relatively short period of time as the previous certification manager at AAMA, Rich grasped all the challenging nuances of the certification program. We have no doubt he will excel as technical/industry affairs manager,” says Walker. “Rich’s impressive technical credentials and troubleshooting experience in the field underlie his versatility, and we look forward to him solidifying AAMA’s relationships and collaboration with our key industry partners.”

Prior to joining AAMA in 2012, Rinka worked in the industry as a field technical engineer for a component supplier and also served as chair of the AAMA 800 Maintenance Committee. During his time in product development for the automotive industry, he developed and still holds four patents related to sealants.