Kinzler Offers New Product: NewBrick

Kinzler employees and customers listen to a representative from Dryvit speak about the benefits of NewBrick.

Kinzler is a leading supplier of distributed construction products. Our Distribution Department customers and staff recently watched a demonstration of an exciting new product offered by Dryvit called NewBrick.

NewBrick offers the industry a different way to build more cost and energy efficient, traditional-looking buildings, from the ground up in a faster and simpler way. It’s a game-changing innovation in exterior wall design that can be installed over most common building systems, including concrete and masonry, as well as over any Dryvit Outsulation® CI system. Learn more about NewBrick.

Call Kinzler Construction Services today at 888-292-2382 to discuss with our team how NewBrick might be the best product for your next project!

Kinzler Solves Problem at Historic Fire Station with Gypsum Concrete

Cedar Rapids Historic Fire Station

What was once Cedar Rapids, Iowa’s first Central Fire Station (built in 1917), turned Science Station, is now getting a remodel and Kinzler Construction Services is on the ground floor. The Cedar Rapids Gypsum Concrete Division worked with Aspect Architecture to come up with a solution to make this historical building ready for new tenants.

The problem is there was no uniformity in the sub floor. Gypsum concrete was a great option for leveling this floor. Gypsum concrete has a number of advantages including that it’s fire resistant and lightweight. Though it weighs less than the average square foot of regular concrete, it still offers the same compressive strength, and has the ability to be laid faster than regular poured concrete.

Gypsum concrete depths throughout this structure differed from 3/4″ all the way to 8”. When finished, the floor was completely level and smooth.

Kinzler Construction Services is your best choice for gypsum concrete installation. Learn more about gypsum concrete and see if it’s right for your next project at www.insulation.net/GypsumConcrete.

Kinzler Construction Services Insulates Minneapolis Graves’ Uptown Luxury Condo

The team at Kinzler’s Minneapolis Headquarters, located in Fridley, MN, recently finished insulating a six-story, nine-unit condominium project by developer Jim Graves. It’s being built by Doran Construction.

The expert Kinzler crews used Dow CM2045 spray foam for the job. This product ensured 100% coverage with no voids and the customer was impressed. In fact, a representative from Dow inspected our installation, commenting to the General Contractor that Kinzler’s crews went above and beyond industry standards for quality control and attention to detail.

Kinzler Supports Iowa Rett Strollathon

Watch Lacey Kinzler’s story.
Kinzler Construction Services is a proud supporter of Iowa’s FIRST Strollathon to raise money for Rett Syndrome Research. Our founders Kevin & Yvonne Kinzler’s daughter, Lacey, was diagnosed with Rett Syndrome just before her second birthday. Hear their story.
Kinzler will be hosting a “Wheelchair & Stroller-Decorating Station” at the event Saturday, May 20th in Des Moines. Please join us by walking in the event, cheer on others from the sidelines or join us at Confluence Brewery after the stroll! Learn more or register a team at www.strollathon.org/iowa.
Rett Syndrome is the only Autism Spectrum disorder with a known genetic cause and it was completely reversed in a mouse model in 2007. It costs $100,000 to test just one drug. Thank you for your support!

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

We are guided by our core values, operating with:

  • servant hearts
  • integrity
  • dedication
  • problem solving
  • relationship building

Learn more about joining the Kinzler team on our Careers Page.

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

Texas Flip and Move Logo

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.

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