Kinzler Crew Fights Fire

Pictured from left: Anthony, Josh J, Josh G

It’s a Kinzler core value to have a servant heart. One Kinzler crew took that to the next level when a car on the road near their jobsite caught on fire. Without missing a beat, Josh J, Josh G and Anthony helped knock down the flames with an extinguisher before the fire department arrived. Thanks for going above and beyond guys! #ServantHeart #KinzlerCares

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The Jackass Factor

By Brian Schwartze, Kinzler Construction Services V.P. of Sales & Marketing
(Used with permission from “The Intersection: Brian’s Schwartze Blog” http://brianschwartze.blogspot.com/)

Use this equation to measure the impact of an individual’s attitude on your entire team. (Talent + Intellect) x (Leadership) x (Attitude) =

First, the back story:

When searching for a winning formula, football coaches know the sum of the parts does not equal the whole.  In other words, 2 + 2 does not equal 4.  Creating a winning formula is much more difficult than just assembling talented individual pieces.  The most talented team does not always win the game.  Why?

Recently, we had a leadership training event at Kinzler Construction Services (my team).   The theme of the training was accountability.  We have several team members who were new to leadership roles.  I spent time thinking about how to best explain the impact of an individual team members’ attitude on the entire team. 

I asked our leaders to think about a few key members of their teams and rate them on a 1-10 scale as we worked through an exercise.  To see a portion of that video click below.

(Talent + Intellect) x (Leadership) x (Attitude) =

Next, a few questions:

I asked our team, is it possible that any of our team members have less than zero talent?  What about intellect? How about leadership?  They quickly agreed every team member rated higher than zero in all these areas.

But what about attitude?  Is it possible to have a negative attitude?  The answer, of course, was a resounding YES!

What is the impact to the equation if we use a scale of negative 10 to positive 10 to rank attitude?  We all agree an attitude can be negative, correct?  They quickly agreed it was logical to use a negative number measure the impact of attitude.

Now, the mathematical facts:

Any positive number multiplied by a positive number results in a positive number.  Any positive number multiplied by a negative number results in a negative number.

Any member of our team that has a positive attitude produces a positive result or what I refer to as a Net Contribution (NC).

Any member of our team that has a negative attitude produces a negative result, or what I refer to as a Jackass Factor (JF).

(T + I) x (L) x (A) = NC or JF

Finally, the call to action:

People who combine high Talent and Intellect with a negative Attitude produce a Jackass Factor.  Even worse is the cancerous impact of someone with high Leadership ability and a negative attitude.  The absolute worst is the person who is talented, smart and a great leader with a negative attitude.  Do the math!  These are the most dangerous people on your team.  The larger the Jackass Factor the greater the risk to your team health.

This is a very common leadership mistake.  Too often leaders think they “need” people with talent, intellect or leadership abilities, ignoring or tolerating a negative attitude.  Instead, they choose to spend their time and energy “fixing” people with low talent, intellect or leadership abilities.  After all, these options are easier then dealing with the 300 pound gorilla that is a negative attitude, but they won’t produce optimal results.

As the leader, take a long hard look at your team.  Then, chart the accountability path for turning your people with Jackass Factors into Net Contributors, or get them out of your locker room.  Not, when you can “afford to” or when you hit your next sales goal, get rid of them tomorrow!

In football we say, “you are either coaching it; or allowing  it to happen.”  If you have people with a negative attitude are you coaching it or allowing it to happen?  Is it time for you to step up and lead?  Or will you continue to allow people with Jackass Factors to erode your culture?

Kinzler Selected as Insulation Contractor for DIY Network TV Show

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Kinzler Construction Services is famous for providing construction supplies and services to commercial, residential and agricultural builders and homeowners. And now Kinzler is getting national attention after being selected as the insulation contractor for the DIY Network TV show “Texas Flip and Move.”

The homes Kinzler is working on now are part of season five and six of “Texas Flip and Move,” set to air on the DIY Network beginning February 10, 2017.

“We’re experts at installing all types of insulation from spray foam to fiberglass batting,” says Scott Wamack, General Manager of Kinzler’s Tyler, TX location (previously Garland & Jones Insulation). “Installing insulation while the TV cameras are rolling takes a little getting used to, but it’s fun! People across the country will now see the high-quality product and service we deliver every day.”

About the Show

“Texas Flip and Move” features three teams of hard-working Texas real estate entrepreneurs competing head-to-head in a fast-paced real estate flipping competition. The flippers are under the gun to buy low, work fast and sell high. When they buy a house at auction, they have to move it off the property that day, a task that can be downright dangerous. Once the house is moved to their lot, it’s a race against time to get it renovated and ready for auction.

Texas Flip & Move
Kinzler Construction Services crews install spray foam insulation in a house which is part of the DIY Network TV Show “Texas Flip & Move.”

Your Spray Foam Experts

Kinzler Construction Services is teaming up on the project with SWD Urethane, a supplier of insulation products across the US & Canada. Kinzler crews are experts at installing spray foam insulation, a two-component mixture made of isocyanate and polyol resin. These two properties combine at the tip of a spray nozzle and form an expanding foam that can be sprayed onto concrete slabs, roof tiles, into wall cavities, or through holes drilled into the cavities of a finished wall. Learn more about spray foam insulation.

About Kinzler Construction Services

Kinzler is a leading installer of insulation products, gypsum concrete, fireproofing & air barrier. Kinzler also distributes a full line of construction materials, including drywall, steel, acoustical ceiling tile & EIFS. With locations across America’s heartland, Kinzler is a rapidly-growing, family-owned company offering industry-leading service to the best customers. For information about our products, services or how to join the Kinzler team, please visit www.insulation.net.

Kinzler & Mortvedt Honored for Service & Community Involvement

Kinzler Marketing Director Jason Mortvedt and Co-Founder Yvonne Kinzler at the Ames Chamber Annual Awards Recognition event.
Kinzler Marketing Director Jason Mortvedt and Co-Founder Yvonne Kinzler at the Ames Chamber Annual Awards Recognition event.

Kinzler Construction Services was well represented at the Ames Chamber of Commerce Annual Awards event with two people receiving recognition for outstanding contributions to the Ames community.

Kinzler Construction Services’ Co-Founder Yvonne Kinzler was honored with the “Community Involvement Award,” recognizing her personal involvement and enthusiasm in a variety of civic and service organizations, improving the quality of life in the community.

Kinzler’s Marketing Director Jason Mortvedt was presented with the “4 Under 40 Award,” for demonstrating outstanding leadership, professionalism, and community involvement in Ames.

Kinzler Helps to Make Homeless Veteran’s Dream a Reality

Ben Cordero, a homeless Vietnam veteran, will move into his new home in the coming weeks.
Ben Cordero, a homeless Vietnam veteran, will move into his new home in the coming weeks. (Photo courtesy: The King’s Rein.)

A homeless Vietnam veteran’s dream to have a warm, safe place to stay is closer to reality thanks, in part, to a generous donation from Kinzler Construction Services located in Tyler, TX (formerly Garland & Jones Insulation.)

Ben Cordero has had a hard life from the start.  He was left on the steps of an orphanage at age four and was moved around to different foster families but never adopted.  He later joined the Navy and fought in Vietnam. Since then, Ben has suffered with severe PSTD.  Due to the severity of his PSTD, Ben had trouble keeping jobs long-term and became homeless, living in a run-down, cold and leaky RV.

Kinzler installers install spray foam insulation into wall cavaties to make Ben Cordero’s home air tight.
Kinzler installers apply spray foam insulation into wall cavities to make Ben Cordero’s home air tight. (Photo courtesy: The King’s Rein.)

Kinzler Construction Services partnered with the non-profit organization “The King’s Rein,” to build Ben a new place to live through their Veterans Home Program. Kinzler donated all of the product and labor expenses to insulate a cabin with energy-efficient spray foam.

“Kinzler’s core focus is to serve others, build relationships and enrich lives,” said Scott Wamack, General Manager of Kinzler’s Tyler, TX operation. “It’s not something folks at Kinzler Construction Services just say – this is a great example of how we actually live that out in the work that we do.”

If you are interested in donating to this project, please visit http://www.thekingsrein.org/donate or call 903.675.5536.

Installers from Kinzler Construction Services pose for a photo after insulating a home for a local homeless veteran.
Installers from Kinzler Construction Services pose for a photo after insulating a home for a local homeless veteran. (Photo courtesy: The King’s Rein.)

About Kinzler Construction Services

Kinzler is a leading installer of insulation products for east Texas. With locations across America’s heartland, Kinzler Construction Services is a rapidly-growing, family-owned company offering industry-leading service to the best customers for more than 30 years. For information about our products, services or how to join the Kinzler team, please visit www.insulation.net.

Kinzler Donates Record Amount to United Way

Kinzler Construction Services believes in giving back to the communities where we live, work and play. A big part of that is our annual United Way Employee Campaign.

Kinzler President & CEO Tanner Kinzler recently announced the company raised $60,000 to be distributed between United Way chapters across Iowa, Minnesota & Texas, in communities where Kinzler Construction Services operates branches.

VIDEO: Watch Tanner Kinzler announce results of the company’s 2016 United Way Campaign

Amazing Employee Participation

More than 104 Kinzler employee participated in the 2016 United Way campaign, raising $20,000. The company matched those donations dollar-for-dollar, bringing the total to $40,000.

“This is a little emotional for me,” Tanner Kinzler said, “Our founders Kevin & Yvonne have stepped up and said they’ll match the employee donations again. So the $20,000 given by our team here is having a $60,000 impact in the communities where we live and work in. I am absolutely astonished and blown away!”

“United Way of Story County thanks Kinzler Construction Services and employees for their substantial support of our work,” said United Way of Story County Campaign Director Kristin Pates. “Kinzler’s longtime partnership is a testament to its caring corporate philosophy and the generosity of its employees. United Way of Story County will invest these donations in the areas of education, income and health. Together, we will make a difference all day!”

Yvonne Kinzler is serving as the chair of the Story County United Way Campaign.

Join our Caring Team

Kinzler Construction Services is a leading provider of construction supplies and services to commercial, residential and agricultural builders and homeowners. With locations across Iowa as well as Minnesota and Texas, Kinzler is committed to being experts on the latest insulation techniques and building-science technologies, continuously improving value for their clients. The company is rapidly growing and invites you to search job openings and apply to join the Kinzler team.

Safety First

Drywall Delivery in Campustown

Nice job to our central Iowa distribution crew on this great example of a safe setup for delivery to the new location of the Arcadia Cafe on Welch Ave. in Ames. Our guys were there at 6:30 am to deliver the drywall before students and vehicles were on the move. The team realized the risk of booming over a sidewalk and taped it off, and put up cones to keep vehicles away from the truck when it was in operation. They did a great job keeping everyone out of harms way, and getting the job done safely.

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