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October 09, 2017

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October Meeting
October 09, 2017
5:45 PM - 8:15 PM
Vortex Optics (New Facility)
300 Ernie Dr
Barneveld, WI 53507
Vortex Tour

$20.00 Member Registration

$30.00 Guest (non Madison ASHRAE member)

$100.00 Cafeteria Plan - (Not Paid Yet, Last Month Available!)

$0.00 Cafeteria Plan (Only If You Have Already Paid!)

$0.00 Presenter/Vortex Employee Ticket

$0.00 Student Ticket

Tour - 5:45 pm - Meet in Parking Lot of Vortex

Dinner and Meeting - 7:00 pm - Deer Valley Lodge




We encourage attendees to carpool. The Verona Park and Ride on Old County Road PB would be a great spot to meet for those coming from Madison.

For those of you using a GPS, plug in 300 Ernie Drive. 1 Vortex Drive is not included on GPS services yet.



After the tour, we will have a sit down buffet style dinner and our meeting/announcements at the Deer Valley Lodge located adjacent to the Vortex facility. Deer Valley Lodge is located at 401 Industrial Drive, just west of the Vortex site.

 Main Presentation Highlights:

This meeting is a tour of the new facility. We will meet in the parking lot in front of the building and break into groups. Vortex has been generous with their offer to allow us to tour their beautiful facility, but are sensitive to unsupervised people in the building. Please respect their concerns, stay with your tour guide, and refrain from wandering off!

Vortex Optics is building a new world headquarters, factory, and warehouse in Barneveld, which is about 30 minutes west of Madison on Hwy 18-151.  They have grown out of their current facility in Middleton and purchased most of the industrial park and some additional lands (totaling ~140 acres) on the edge of Barneveld. There is a 255,000 SF main corporate headquarters and production building, as well as an adjacent 30,000 SF warehouse. The main building is the largest in North America with in floor hydronic heating and cooling. The uses within the building are widely varied, and include manufacturing, offices, warehouse spaces, and clean rooms. Mechanical systems include a VAV system, boiler system, the in floor hydronic system, and a heat recovery chiller system.  


Matt Heil

 Direct Management Company

Matt Heil was born and raised on a dairy and ginseng farm in rural Wisconsin. He worked as a steam pipefitter before attending the University of Wisconsin - Platteville, where he graduated with a degree in Mechanical Engineering. He has worked for some very reputable manufacturing and engineering companies over the past 20 years. He has served on the ASHRAE Madison Board of Governors, culminating in a term as President during the 2010-2011 year.

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