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.

Kinzler Construction Services Supports Mission to Insulate African Church

Kids and Water
Please click on the image above to make a tax deductible gift to support this mission.

Kinzler Construction Services is partnering with a non-profit charity founded in Ames, Iowa to insulate a church in the East African nation of Uganda. It’s part of Kinzler’s core focus to serve others, build relationships and enrich lives.

Brian Schwartze, Kinzler Vice President of Sales and Marketing, and his 13 year-old son JB will spend nearly two weeks in Uganda. Part of their mission there includes insulating a church and school in the village of Obule. Kinzler Construction Services donated radiant barrier for the project, an insulation system which uses a type of heavy duty aluminum foil which can limit up to 97% of radiant heat transfer.

“Radiant barriers work exceptionally well in sunny climates, like they experience in Uganda,” said Kevin Kinzler, Executive Chairman and Founder of Kinzler Construction Services. “A significant amount of the heat transfer into and out of that church is through radiation. We are happy to be able to support this project which will make a positive impact for those living in this African village.”

Brian and JB also plan to dig wells, supporting the mission of the Clean Water Movement, and put on a baseball clinic or two.

“I’m most excited about this trip because I want to make a large impact on people’s lives,” says JB, who will attend Gilbert Middle School this fall. “I want to make the world better one step at a time. I really want to meet the kids and learn a new culture. When we are there we are going to have a baseball clinic. That will be awesome to teach something that I love to people across the world.”

Visit Brian and JB’s fundraising website to make a tax-deductible gift to help support their mission trip to Uganda. Donations also earn you entries into a raffle drawing.

Hear from JB

Hear more from JB Schwartze about his mission to Uganda in this short video.


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Kinzler Construction Services Sponsors Habitat for Humanity “Blitz Build”

The Kay Reh family standing in front of their new home.
The Kay Reh-Su Meh family standing in front of their new home.

Kinzler Construction Services was pleased to participate in the first-ever “blitz build” for Waterloo-based Iowa Heartland Habitat for Humanity. Kinzler joined with other area contractors, suppliers and builders in June, who successfully completed a home in record time – just six days! It’s a process that normally takes as long as six months.

Kinzler Construction Services made a donation for the home’s insulation and volunteered a crew to install it. The donations from Kinzler and others helped to make the home affordable for the Kay Reh family. Kay Reh & Su Meh and their four children are very grateful to have secure safe, affordable, and decent shelter! Several years ago they arrived in Atlanta, Georgia from a Burmese refugee camp and have been in Waterloo for the past four years.

“We are pleased to be able to participate in this Habitat for Humanity Blitz Build,” said Tanner Kinzler, President and CEO of Kinzler Construction Services. “Part of our core focus at Kinzler is to serve others, build relationships and enrich lives. By working together, we are making a difference in the lives of those in the Cedar Valley.”

The Kay Reh-Su Meh home is the 132nd Habitat home to be completed in an area that includes Waterloo, Cedar Falls, Waverly, Evansdale, Parkersburg, La Porte City and Hudson, since 1991.

Iowa-based Kinzler Construction Services is a leading provider of construction supplies and services to commercial, residential and agricultural builders and homeowners. Kinzler has locations in Waterloo, Cedar Rapids, Ames and Ankeny, and in Minnesota and Texas.

Brian Schwartze joins United Way of Story County Board

Brian Schwartze, Tony Hogan, Martino Harmon, Kim Linduska (not pictured Jane Acker) are new members of the United Way of Story County Board of Directors. Contributed photo
Brian Schwartze, Tony Hogan, Martino Harmon, Kim Linduska (not pictured Jane Acker) are new members of the United Way of Story County Board of Directors. Contributed photo

Brian Schwartze, Vice President of Sales and Marketing at Kinzler Construction Services recently joined the United Way of Story County (UWSC) board of directors. He joins 18 other volunteers and will serve a three-year term.

“United Way of Story County is thrilled to welcome our newest board members,” said Jean Kresse, UWSC president and CEO. “We’re looking forward to putting their talent to good use as we continue to improve lives in our community.”

Brian lives in Ames with his wife, Autumn, and their three children.

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