Kinzler Supports Local Homeless & Disabled Veterans

Nate Johnson, Kinzler Construction Services Sales Representative, presents a donation to Tim Combs of Americans for Independent Living Director.

Kinzler Construction Services is pleased to be part of a project aimed at ending homelessness among veterans in the Waterloo, IA area.

Local non-profit group “Americans for Independent Living” opened the Veterans Transitional House at 420 E 9th St in Waterloo earlier this spring. The home houses three men, each with his own room and a shared living room, kitchen and bathroom. The goal is to allow the men to live in the home for about a year, helping them find permanent housing and jobs.

Kinzler Construction Services installed insulation into the home, donating half of the total cost of the project back to Americans for Independent Living.

“Kinzler Construction Services is a huge supporter of our nation’s brave veterans,” says Craig Coder, Distribution General Manager for Kinzler’s Waterloo and Cedar Rapids branch locations. Coder is also a Captain with the Iowa Army National Guard. “Kinzler actively seeks out National Guard soldiers and prior military soldiers as employees. And we are proud to do our part to help eradicate the homeless veteran population here in Black Hawk County.”

There are about 30 homeless veterans in Waterloo on any given night according to the Black Hawk County Veteran Affairs Commission.

About Kinzler Construction Services

Kinzler Construction Services is a leading installer of insulation products, gypsum concrete, fireproofing & air barrier. Kinzler also distributes a full line of construction materials, including drywall, steel framing, 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. To search job openings and apply to join the Kinzler team, visit www.KinzlerCareers.com.

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.

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.


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 Ames, Ankeny, Waterloo, and Cedar Rapids, and in Minnesota and Texas. Learn more.

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