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AmeriLux | Frequently Asked Polycarbonate Question

Q: What are the benefits to filling polycarbonate multiwall panels with Lumira® aerogel?

A: Lumira® aerogel-filled polycarbonate panels improve the quality of light, transmit less sound, increase thermal efficiency, and help to reduce a building’s carbon footprint.

Aerogel-filled polycarbonate panels eliminate glare and hot spots. Natural daylight is diffused evenly throughout the interior of a building, creating a softer, improved source of light while reducing the need for artificial lighting.

Acoustic STC values are increased in multiwall polycarbonate panels with Lumira® aerogel, reducing external and internal noise transfer. Other Lumira® aerogel benefits include: moisture resistance, low thermal conductivity, reduced solar heat gain/loss, and a green product and manufacturing process.

These factors, when combined with the diverse nature of multiwall polycarbonate in daylighting and insulation systems, increase architectural design options and enhance aesthetics.


 

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AmeriLux | Meet the A-Team

Craig Cutcher | Special Projects Manager

Craig Cutcher has been a member of the A-Team since 2011. He has watched AmeriLux continue to grow and evolve with new hires and partnerships, additional products and fabrication services, solutions-driven equipment investments, and forward-thinking facility expansions.

Over the past six years, Craig has also grown within the company. He started out with AmeriLux in the Distribution Center (DC), fulfilling orders for a key customer, overseeing the operation of the multiwall polycarbonate cutting table, and moving trailers with the spotter truck. He’s assisted in crating, shipping and receiving, and inventory management. He’s also played an important role in the implementation of new equipment and processes. Mostly recently, Craig has been heavily involved in the new building expansion. “I’ve been moving material stored in forty outside trailers – inside,” Craig said. “Now that the new building is complete, our original distribution center is being revamped. I’ve been relocating departments and setting them up to be more efficient.”

Craig continued with his thoughts on the new building: “The new racking system and lift is going to make inventory management and moving material easier and faster. It’s now going to take only one person to move material versus needing five. And, the time spent moving material is going to be considerably less – half an hour versus what use to take four hours. That’s a huge time savings!”

Fun Fact: Craig spends much of his free time riding his Harley-Davidson Fatboy.


 

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The MODESTEhouse

“A Study in Innovative Construction”

The UL (University of Louisiana) Lafayette School of Architecture and Design completed their fifteenth Building Institute project this year. The MODESTEhouse is a tiny home, approximately 200-square-feet in size, built on an 8-foot by 20-foot flatbed trailer. A study in new modular construction techniques, this student design-build project put into question the notion and currently-trendy idea of ‘tiny houses’.

Over the last decade, tiny houses have become a fashionable micro-living movement for young minimalists and empty nesters. The MODESTEhouse project aimed instead at showcasing these small dwellings as a viable option for victims of natural disasters – either as a temporary shelter or a permanent residence.

The design concept for the MODESTEhouse required every building element to have more than one function, and sought to maximize storage space, optimize daylighting, and utilize innovative construction technologies. The shell comprises the wall, roof, and insulation while the north wall provides both light and storage.

The north gridwall of the MODESTEhouse is clad in 25mm Clear Triplewall Polycarbonate Panels filled with Lumira® aerogel. Multifunctional, the aerogel-filled polycarbonate panels fill the tiny home with beautiful, diffused light, providing privacy while reducing the need for artificial light. Because aerogel particles inhibit heat transfer, the inhabitants of this tiny home will benefit from energy cost savings as well as occupant comfort.

YouTube Video | MODESTEhouse Final

In partnership with the Lafayette Habitat for Humanity, the MODESTEhouse will be sold to a retired veteran who lost his RV home in the 2016 Louisiana floods. 

Lumira aerogel is a registered trademark of Cabot Corporation.


 

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AmeriLux Employee Spotlight

Julie Daul – Samples Assistant/Cleaning Associate

Looking for a full-time job, Julie Daul joined the AmeriLux A-Team as a Samples Assistant/Cleaning Associate on May 8th. Her positive attitude and great work ethic became evident immediately. Julie spends the first couple of hours of each day cleaning the offices, break room, and restrooms. And, since she gets in early, she usually makes the first pot of coffee in the morning!

After her cleaning duties, Julie spends the rest of her day fulfilling customer’s requests for product samples and literature. She also processes the aluminum install components, screws, and miscellaneous hardware portion of each work order.

“I like to have a variety of things to do and keep busy,” Julie commented. “Starting this job has been easy because everyone here at AmeriLux is very helpful and friendly.”

Fun Fact: Julie works part-time at the Green Bay Packers Pro Shop and enjoys spending time with her Bernese Mountain Dog named Uno.


 

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AmeriLux | Building Expansion Update

Last week, AmeriLux International held its 2nd Annual Family Picnic. Neighboring businesses and key partners were invited to this family-friendly event that included a bounce house, arcade games, henna, and music. Food and beverages were provided by the Salvation Army, giving us an opportunity to give back while celebrating.

The festivities kicked off with a special flag raising ceremony, celebrating the completion of our new building. Kurt Voss, AmeriLux CEO, delivered heartfelt words to the group before he and several others raised a large American flag. The flag measures 20 feet by 30 feet and makes quite an impressive statement on the AmeriLux campus. “Is this a great country, or what…?!”

A very big THANK YOU to everyone involved in the construction of our new building and to all who came out to celebrate with us!


 

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Minnesota Pergolas

“Creating Beautiful Outdoor Living Spaces”

Located in the Minneapolis/St. Paul metro area, Minnesota Pergolas has been building beautiful, well-built, custom-designed pergolas for more than eight years. “When we design and build a pergola, we factor in the direction of the sun and the customers purpose for the pergola,” explained Minnesota Pergolas owner Kregg Weispfenning. “A pergola can be a simple structure to define a space and hang lights or it can be an outdoor living space with a lot of shade. The more wood we use – the more shade you get!  With the proper amount of shade your deck or patio can feel 20° cooler.”

Cover your pergola and now you have an outdoor living space that you can use no matter what the weather is doing – rain or snow. “You can grill when the weather is not so nice and your grill is protected from the elements,” Kregg says. “Covering a pergola protects the cedar. Staining the cedar can be time consuming and expensive.  The roof protects and prolongs the stain. It basically pays for itself.”

A pergola covered with LEXAN™ VEROLITE™ 8mm twin wall polycarbonate has many benefits. The UV protection on the sheet’s outer surface provides skin protection from dangerous UV rays. This shielding property also prevents discoloration, extending the life of outdoor furniture. Virtually unbreakable, polycarbonate canopy covers provide long-lasting beauty and functionality. LEXAN™ VEROITE™ panels will retain their high performance characteristics even after prolonged outdoor exposure.

Available in standard colors of clear, opal, and bronze, LEXAN™ VEROLITE™ polycarbonate panels provide various levels of shade while allowing natural sunlight to filter through. “We use the 8mm bronze twin wall. It looks richer than clear. The bronze color really enhances the color of the wood. We think they go great together,” adds Kregg.

Fully licensed and insured, Minnesota Pergolas designs and builds pergolas of all sizes and shapes. Each pergola is designed to meet the individual space requirements. No two pergolas are ever the same. All pergolas are built on-site by master craftsmen. Learn more at http://www.mnpergolas.com/.


 

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AmeriLux | Building Expansion Update

Construction of the new building is nearly complete and everything’s coming together nicely. The concrete crew has poured the loading dock area, created steps, and extended the existing sidewalk. All of the doors, including the overhead doors have been installed. The retention ponds are built, the new parking lot has been paved, and the final grading is complete. Landscaping began this Monday and will continue for several weeks.

On the interior, all the electrical and plumbing work is done. Three small rooms have taken shape – a fire pump room, a restroom, and an office space. The wireless network and phone system is operational. Installation of the racking system is complete, providing 161 unique storage locations. The new Multidirectional Sideloader has been busy moving material and filling the racking system with long pallets of polycarbonate panels. Goodbye storage trailers!

AmeriLux has invested heavily in racking and material handling equipment to improve efficiencies, quality, safety, and inventory control.

Follow our Expansion Progress >> Updates are posted regularly.


 

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AmeriLux | DIY Tip of the Month

 “Creating Private Spaces”

Want to add privacy to a room or define areas in a large, open space? Build a room divider or partition with multiwall polycarbonate. Customize panels with printed art or photos.

Looking for a way to add privacy to your deck or patio? Multiwall polycarbonate is a great alternative to traditional screen panels, creating a private area while allowing natural light to filter in.

Add multiwall panels to your gazebo or pergola for more privacy and enjoy protection from the sun, wind and rain. Order panels cut-to-size for quick and easy installation!

Multiwall polycarbonate is available in translucent and opaque colors. Panels are light in weight and easy to install with basic carpentry tools. Ask for a quote. Call 888.602.4441 today!


 

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AmeriLux Employee Spotlight

Jake Chamberlain | DC Area Leader

Jake Chamberlain has been a member of the A-Team since December 2011. He started working for AmeriLux while attending college. During those part-time years, Jake experienced the company’s growth and success. After graduation, it just made sense to him to join a winning team.

As a DC (Distribution Center) Area Leader overseeing Distribution and Cutting, Jake facilitates the fulfillment of customer’s orders in the multiwall polycarbonate, corrugated polycarbonate, and Lumira® aerogel departments. Jake is also involved in systems improvement, inventory and cycle counts, and material movement.

When asked what the most challenging part of his job is, Jake replied, “Building and maintaining teamwork as well as systems that can match our increasing production rates.” He added, “We are a growing company and you have to be adaptable in order to embrace change.”

Fun Fact: ‘Icebreakers’ were Jake’s favorite part of college course


 

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The Hub at Times Square NYC

“Kiosks Feature Polycarbonate”

Located in the heart of Manhattan, Times Square was the recent home to the latest Hub Culture experience. The temporary installation featured new experiments in mobile design architecture including a virtual reality studio, a creative meeting lounge, and a new form of kiosk.

Modified twenty-foot shipping containers, the mobile design units demonstrated creative ways of integrating repurposed materials. The collection of mobile units were all created with circular economy and cradle-to-cradle initiatives in mind.

The custom-built kiosks were designed using aluminum and LEXAN™ THERMOCLICK™ 40mm opal polycarbonate panels. The benefits of using LEXAN™ THERMOCLICK™ for this type of application are many. The product is light in weight, making it easy to handle and transport. The multiwall x-structure provides high impact strength and breakage resistance. The tongue and groove connection is designed for fast and easy on-site assembly. The inter-connecting system also eliminates the need for vertical profiles, enhancing overall aesthetics.

The 2017 Concept Collection is now in Bermuda at the Hub Culture Innovation Campus and Beach Club at Ariel Sands. The mobile units are serving as hospitality suites and hotel rooms for visiting members.

LEXAN THERMOCLICK is a trademark of SABIC


 

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