While the thought of having difficult conversations may fill most of us with dread, avoiding conflict is a big mistake. In fact, such conversations are absolutely crucial to an organization’s health and overall success. Sure, the tension may feel high—but ignoring incompetence or bad behavior only creates alienation and a culture of mistrust.
In this video, Kinzler Chief Talent Officer Brian Schwartze shares practical ways to defuse the situation and achieve a successful resolution.
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 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!
“Not only is this a chance for businesses to network with one another, but it gives us a chance to recognize the companies and individuals who have made major contributions to economic development in Ankeny,” said Joey Beech, Executive Director of the Ankeny Economic Development Corporation.
Kinzler Construction Services was presented with the Commercial Reinvestment Award, reserved for an existing Ankeny business that is growing or reinvesting in itself. Kinzler is substantially renovating approximately 110,000 square feet of office and manufacturing space at 700 SE Oralabor Rd. in Ankeny. The company also plans to add 44 new jobs as a result of this project over the next three years.
“We’re excited to be able to better serve our customers from this renovated space in the coming months,” said Kinzler’s Vice President of Accounting & Finance Mae Saunders, who accepted the award. “We’re happy to be located in the vibrant city of Ankeny and honored to receive this recognition from the Ankeny Economic Development Corporation.”
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 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.
Kinzler Construction Services was recently recognized for exemplary support of National Guard and Reserve member employees at a ceremony in Des Moines, IA. The United States Department of Defense ESGR (Employer Support of the Guard & Reserve) publicly honored Kinzler as a 2016 Employer Support Freedom Award Nominee. Accepting the award was Kinzler Construction Services Distribution Operations Manager AJ Flander, who served as a Sergeant in the Army Reserves.
The Freedom Award is the highest recognition given by the U.S. Government to employers for their outstanding support of employees serving in the Guard and Reserve. Each year, Guard and Reserve employees, or a family member acting on their behalf, have the opportunity to nominate their employer for the Employer Support Freedom Award.
Craig Coder, General Manager of Kinzler’s Waterloo and Cedar Rapids, IA branch locations, nominated Kinzler Construction Services for the award. Coder is a Captain with the Iowa National Guard and just returned from two-weeks of training. In his nomination, Coder says, “Kinzler actively seeks out National Guard soldiers and prior military soldiers. This is because they have had huge success with veterans as employees. They proactively recruit National Guard and Reserve Services members by using a referral program of $1,000 per referral. Currently, close to 10% of the employees are either National Guard or have prior service. During my AT and training periods, they have reached out to my wife to offer support or a helping hand if there was anything my wife needed.”
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 at www.insulation.net/careers.
Check out this beautiful home Kinzler Construction Services insulated for Duane Kaiser in Bemidji, MN! Krause Anderson is the Project Manager who modeled the thermal envelope based on a project Kinzler did for them previously at Itasca State Park.