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Winterizing a Hobby Greenhouse

Winterizing your hobby greenhouse from cold winter winds and plunging temperatures is an ideal way to extend the growing season. The first step is deciding on a heat source. Do your research. There are many ways of heating your greenhouse, including some energy-conscious options.

Inspect all joints, hinges, and panels. Tighten and adjust if needed. Seal any cracks. They can leak warm air outdoors. Plug holes to prevent unwanted pests from taking shelter. Add some form of insulation to the back (north-facing) or sidewalls – locations where the sun will not be blocked. Do not completely shut all vents. Good ventilation is essential. Greenhouses need fresh air no matter what the season.

Winterizing your hobby greenhouse will keep the cold air out and the warm air in so you and your plants stay comfortable inside.


 

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Season’s Greetings from AmeriLux!

“A special holiday message from our CEO”

Dear Friends,

I love this time of year. ‘Tis the season to step back, reflect on our blessings, celebrate the accomplishments of the year, and look ahead with a goal to “be even better” than before!

2016 was a year in which AmeriLux achieved growth in every aspect of our enterprise. With the help of our customers, strategic partners, and employees, our momentum carried us to a 27% increase in business. As part of that growth we continued to expand the team here at AmeriLux and empowered them to “make a play”. We developed a system to measure and enhance employee engagement, and implemented emotional intelligence coaching to foster personal and professional growth. We also formalized our culture, a topic we will share more about in a future newsletter.

As we look ahead and anticipate continued growth in 2017, we have approved plans to build a 26,000 square foot expansion of our Distribution Center. We will also upgrade our racking to optimize our use of space and enhance the safety of our employees. The expansion will allow us to preserve our short lead times, strengthen our quality and inventory control systems, and continue our robust growth. Targeted completion date is late spring 2017.

As the 2016 calendar year winds down, the activity and excitement here in De Pere, Wisconsin is ramping up. We look forward to welcoming the New Year, and having even more opportunities to create “win-win” relationships, a bedrock commitment of our organization. I’d like to express my sincere thanks and gratitude to our customers, vendors, employees and their families, and the communities in which we live and work for being the other side of the “win-win”.

May God bless you and your family richly in 2017. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

Kurt Voss


 

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Link of Interest: Blighted Home transformed into Greenhouse

Image Source: http://michiganradio.org/post/transforming-blighted-home-detroit-subterranean-greenhouse

Once a northeast Detroit eyesore, the “Afterhouse” has been transformed into a subterranean greenhouse. The building sits on the original foundation and is constructed from recycled materials, many from the original home.

Instead of a total demolition that leaves nothing more than a vacant lot; the Afterhouse is a wonderful example of a new way of dealing with homes that have long since been abandoned.

Click here to read full article by Nick Wallace.

 

 

 

 


 

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Link of Interest: Khan’s Forests Installation for MINI

Image Source: https://www.dezeen.com/2016/09/28/video-interview-oke-hauser-mini-living-asif-khan-forests-installation-movie/

“Challenging the Future of Urban Society”

Featured at this year’s London Design Festival, three translucent box-shaped structures explore a concept called Third Places. Shared spaces for people to meet, work, and relax outside of their home or workplace.

Filled with a variety of plants, the structures consisted of aluminum frames clad with translucent corrugated polycarbonate. Polycarbonate was an ideal covering choice for this installation, emphasizing the semi-public nature of the installation.

Click here to read full article by Ben Hobson.

 

 

 


 

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Tyler Brown | Account Manager – AmeriLux Logistics

This past spring, Tyler Brown graduated from St. Norbert College (De Pere, WI) with a degree in Business Administration. He joined the A-Team shortly after graduation as an Account Manager with AmeriLux’s Logistics Division. “I was attracted to join the AmeriLux team because of its culture and values,” said Tyler. “The people here are kind, hardworking, and extremely dedicated to making AmeriLux successful.”

As an AmeriLux Logistics Account Manager, Tyler coordinates and facilitates incoming and outgoing freight, creating worry free situations for its customer’s freight moving needs. Negotiation and relationship building are Tyler’s favorite aspects of his job. The most challenging part he says is finding functional ways to account for every detail. “There is significant value in staying organized so that our customer’s freight is moved effectively. The transportation industry is full of variables out of my control that can eradicate the initial plan. Being organized can advance the time it takes to manage predicaments.”

Fun Fact: Tyler is a 200-hour certified yoga teacher and enjoys sharing the positive benefits of movements with others.


 

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Frequently Asked Polycarbonate Question

Q. Do polycarbonate sheets expand and contract with temperature changes?

A. Yes, polycarbonate sheets have a natural tendency to expand in hot weather and contract in cold. Temperature changes throughout the day and night will cause the sheets to expand and contract, making allowances for this thermal movement during installation is very important. Otherwise, the resistance to these temperature adjustments will cause undue stress on the sheet. Possible sheet failure may result in the form of distortion, buckling, and/or cracking.

 


 

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ATW New Car Rental Facility

“Skylight Provides Natural Lighting”

Architect: Mead & Hunt
General Contractor: Miron Construction

Appleton International Airport (ATW)* broke ground on a new car rental facility this past June. The new facility is part of a multi-phase airport renovation project. The interior of the nearly 7,000 square-foot building features a center skylight that spans the main lobby, providing natural light throughout the day.

Designed, manufactured and installed by Super Sky*, the center “ridge-style” skylight features 25mm LEXAN™ THERMOCLEAR™ Plus 5-Wall X clear multiwall polycarbonate panels mounted onto a steel support structure. This well-designed system allows for the expansion and contraction of the polycarbonate panels, ensuring the skylight will be strong, silent and leak-free.

“Polycarbonate panels are easy to work with because they are light in weight,” said Super Sky Field Superintendent Greg Karow. “There is no need for additional equipment to help move or place the panels. Even the longer panels can be handled easily by one person.”

CLICK HERE to read the Full Article and view Installation and Finished Skylight Photos.

LEXAN THERMOCLEAR is a trademark of SABIC
*Appleton International Airport is located just west of Appleton, Wisconsin in the town of Greenville.
*Located in Mequon, Wisconsin, Super Sky Products Enterprises, LLC provides high quality skylight systems around the world.


 

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A-Team Members | Giving Thanks

thanksgivingThanksgiving is a time when we get together with family and friends and give thanks for that which we are grateful. In celebration of Thanksgiving Day, here is what some of the members of the A-Team are thankful for:

Joe Nick (Director of Operations): “I am thankful for having the opportunity every day to make a positive difference in people’s lives and our community as a whole.  I am also extremely thankful (and lucky) that my beautiful wife of now almost 4 weeks said yes!”

Jesse Kettenhoven (Distribution Center): “I spend much of my Thanksgiving season in my hometown. My mom always has the Christmas tree up already. My Dad and I spend most of our time in the outdoors. So this time of year, I’m thankful for my family.”

Jim Voss (Distribution Center): “I have never been given such a difficult yet rewarding job as being a parent. It is a blessing watching them grow and discover life’s beauty. I am thankful for the strength and grace to raise my precious children. They have taught me how to be a real man to depths I could not have achieved without this experience.”

Kelly Romenesko (Customer Relations Mgr): This year I am especially thankful for the amazing support system I have that not only includes my family and friends but my work family as well!

Conner Doran (Account Mgr – AmeriLux Logistics): “I’m thankful for what I have, the opportunities that I have been given, and the trust worthy people in my life.”

Kelvin Emmons (Distribution Center): “I’m thankful for standing upright. To be able to get up out of bed every day and have an address (job) to come to. I’m also thankful for my sassy wife Mary.”

Travis Vanden Heuvel (Director of Business Development): “Our daughter started her first year of school this year. Jess and I knew that Faith liked to learn new things, but little did we know how much 4K – and specifically, her teachers – would amplify her love of learning. My wife and I have always been thankful for great teachers; we’ve been blessed to have been taught by some of the best. But I think most parents can agree, there is a newfound appreciation for the educational system when you entrust it to develop and care for your own children. THANK YOU, TEACHERS!”

All of us at AmeriLux International would like to wish you and yours a Happy Thanksgiving. May you enjoy the day with the ones you cherish the most. Have a safe and happy holiday!


 

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DIY Tip of the Month

pergola_install_blogPolycarbonate panels are manufactured with a protective masking film to ensure they stay scratch-free during product handling and installation. This film also indicates the UV protected side. It is important to remove this masking immediately after installing the panels.

If this protective film is not removed, heat or exposure to the sun will “bake” it to the surface of the panel, causing extreme difficulties in removal and possibly voiding the product warranty.


 

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Josh Chamberlain | Shipping & Receiving / DC Team

josh_chamberlain_blogJosh Chamberlain began working for AmeriLux part-time while going to college. Since graduating a couple of years ago, Josh has become a valuable full-time member of the Distribution Center (DC) Team. As the Corrugated Team Leader, Josh oversees the Hendricks horizontal panel saw — responsible for quality “cut-to-size” Corrugated, Agrilite™, TRUSSCORE™, and THERMOCLICK™ panels.

In addition to his team leader role, Josh has taken on the responsibilities of shipping and receiving. From scheduling material pick-ups to creating bills of lading to receiving incoming containers, he oversees all aspects of inbound and outbound shipments. Excited to expand his current role, Josh looks forward to gaining more exposure to other areas of the company that will challenge and help grow his skills.

Fun Fact: Josh is a passionate follower of adult amateur athletics.


 

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