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Etc. – March 2010

Sussex company floored to represent

Custom graphics are applied to the floors Jason Thomas Flooring Inc., Sussex, is providing for the NCAA men’s basketball tournament this month. Photos courtesy of Jason Thomas Flooring Inc.

Custom graphics are applied to the floors Jason Thomas Flooring Inc., Sussex, is providing for the NCAA men’s basketball tournament this month. Photos courtesy of Jason Thomas Flooring Inc.

John Bruckner isn’t a huge basketball fan, but he’ll definitely be tuning into the NCAA men’s basketball tournament this month.

But it’s not the athletes he’s interested in seeing; it’s the floors they’ll play on.

Bruckner is sales director at Jason Thomas Flooring Inc., Sussex, which is in its second year of providing flooring for the NCAA tournament. The custom floors are sanded, sealed and painted at Jason Thomas Flooring’s Milwaukee office and then shipped to the various game sites in 200-pound sections, Bruckner said.

The tournament uses custom floors, he said, so they can incorporate all the desired team and sponsor graphics and colors.

“They used to slap stickers on the floors,” Bruckner said, “but one player slipped a couple of years ago and some blamed the stickers, so they started doing the custom floors.”

Jason Thomas Flooring created five floors for this year’s tournament, he said, an increase from the three the company did last year. The company is excited to be representing Milwaukee on a national level, Bruckner said.

“It’s one of the most televised events of the year,” he said. “For me, it definitely makes the games more exciting to watch.”

CEOs weigh in on automated building systems

Paul Oswald knew his company was right, but he wanted to prove it.

So Oswald, president of Environmental Systems Inc., Waukesha, commissioned a study to examine the growing use of automated building systems and find out firsthand corporate executives’ opinions on the systems and sustainable efforts in general.

“The idea was to try and bring into focus some of the things we see going on in the industry,” Oswald said, “to help us validate what we’re seeing.”

Oswald

Oswald

The roughly month-long study involved interviews with hundreds of top-level executives such as Jim Hunzinger of Hunzinger Construction Co., Brookfield, and Joe Muehlbach of Quad/Graphics Inc., Sussex, to determine what role automated building systems — computerized networks that control building operations, often used to control energy use and costs — play in the market.

The study found that use of automated building systems has increased exponentially as going green has become standard practice for many businesses, according to the report, which is available for free on ESI’s Web site. The growing popularity of these systems has brought an increased focus on innovation and integration, according to the study, requiring providers evolve at a rapid rate.

“The study confirmed that we are investing in the right aspects of our business: people, education and expanded capabilities,” Oswald said. “It shows the industry what is possible.”

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