Jason Mortvedt

Thankful. It’s the Best Way to Live.

Kevin and Yvonne Kinzler, Founders

What if all you had in your life today was what you were thankful for yesterday?

Circumstances occasionally cause us to pause, to appreciate and recognize the blessings in our lives- like the Thanksgiving holiday. But do we pay attention each day to the blessings in our lives?  Do we take time at some point every day to be grateful for the place we live, our relationships, our opportunities and the freedom to make choices?

What if I started, or ended, each day focusing on what’s good instead of what I’m missing, wanting or what isn’t just right. Would I have a different outlook and attitude on my day and the people and situations in my life? Can I be grumpy, short tempered and walk with a slouch when I’m grateful?

No. It’s impossible to be thankful and not feel happiness and joy. A thankful heart and spirit changes our perspective, our posture and our entire personality.

Let’s decide this Thanksgiving, to keep an attitude of gratitude throughout the coming year. Thankful- it’s the best way to live!

We give thanks to God for each of you.

Have a blessed Thanksgiving,
Kevin and Yvonne Kinzler
Founders

5 Tips to Find a Construction Job When You Have No Idea What You’re Doing

Stuck in a job that isn’t you? Ready for a career change, but have no idea what else you could do – or where to start? With such high demand for talented construction professionals, there’s never been a better time to jump into the construction industry. Here are 5 tips to find the in-demand career you’ve been looking for.

  1. Make a Plan Figure out what type of position you’re interested in. Do you have leadership experience from a previous job? Do you want to lead others out on a jobsite? Or do you enjoy getting your hands dirty, getting the job done every day. If you’re not sure, don’t worry! There’s lots of room for growth from one construction position to another.
  2. Look for on-the-job training programs. If you’re worried you’re not qualified for a job in construction…stop worrying! The best companies offer on-the-job training programs. It’s just like going to school, but instead of you paying for an education – the company is paying you to learn!
  3. Add a License or Certificate. Do you have your CDL license? Many times you can make more money if you already have your CDL, allowing you to drive the big company trucks. If not, ask if the construction company you’re applying to will pay for you to get this license. There are numerous professional certifications that can be used to complement formal degrees, or alternatively, they can be used to demonstrate technical proficiency and compensate for a lack of degree in some cases. Their requirements and benefits differ, but finding one or more to add to your professional development skill set can be an effective tool for getting ahead in the job market.
  4. Start from the Bottom. One of the best ways to get a great idea of how a construction site operates is to find a general construction labor position. These positions perform basic construction tasks, installation and material handling and will provide you invaluable experience and introductions to high-level construction professional from whom you can learn a lot.
  5. Look for people, not for jobs. Focus on connecting with people and look for companies who have systems and programs in place to grow and advance the careers of the people that work there. A company that cares about their people will offer great benefits and perks too.

WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR?

Kinzler Construction Services has dedicated, bilingual, employee-owners ready to give you the technical training and professional skills you need.

We’re hiring general labor and leadership positions at our locations in Iowa, Minnesota, Colorado and Texas. Careers at Kinzler are full-time and year-round, with overtime available during peak season. You’ll receive our full benefits package after just 90 days! Learn more and apply now! 

Kinzler Honored for Safety

Pictured from left: Marty Leonhardt – Sales Representative, Bruce Moore – Safety Director, Angie Cramer – Recruiter, Andy Seiler – Regional Sales Manager, Tim Hurn – Regional Manager

Associated Builders and Contractors of Iowa (ABC), a national construction industry trade association representing more than 21,000 members, congratulated Kinzler Construction Services for recently being named a GOLD Safety, Training, and Evaluation Process (S.T.E.P.) award recipient at their Excellence in Construction Gala.

Every year, the ABC honors contractors who have achieved the highest level of safety in their firms. ABC uses the STEP application and interviews with company safety directors and owners to determine who receives the award. Contractors receiving this award typically possess exemplary total recordable rates and lost workday injury-illness rates. Kinzler Construction Services is proud to be a repeat recipient of the prestigious STEP award.

“There is nothing more important than jobsite safety,” said Bruce Moore, Kinzler Construction Services Safety Director. “Our mantra here is ‘Safe Today – Home Tonight, and we are committed to continuing to build on our strong culture of safety through ongoing training of our employee-owners.”

Located in Ames, Ankeny, Cedar Rapids and Waterloo, IA as well as Fridley, MN, Tyler, TX, and Denver, CO, Kinzler Construction Services is an employee-owned construction subcontractor with a proven process for hassle-free installation and delivery of building materials.

Kinzler Employee-Owners Give Back to Local Communities

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. Together, with the company match, our employees donated $60,000 to be distributed between United Way chapters across Iowa, Minnesota, Texas & Colorado — in communities where Kinzler Construction Services operates branches!

Record Employee Participation

More than 126 Kinzler team members participated in the 2018 United Way campaign, raising $20,000. That was a record number of employee donations for Kinzler’s annual United Way fundraiser. The company matched those donations dollar-for-dollar, bringing the total to $40,000.

“Our founders Kevin & Yvonne have stepped up and said they’ll match the employee donations again,” said President & CEO Tanner Kinzler. “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!”

“The care and dedication of Kinzler and its employees does not go unnoticed,” said Kristin Pates, United Way of Story County Campaign Director. “Thank you for your partnership in United Way’s vision to improve lives. Your generous support will help build a brighter future for so many.”

Join our Caring Team

Kinzler Construction Services is an employee-owned construction subcontractor with a proven process for hassle-free installation and delivery of building materials. Our purpose is to serve others, build relationships, and enrich the lives of our employees and those we partner with. The company is rapidly growing and invites you to search job openings and apply to join the Kinzler team.

Kinzler Named a Top Workplace AGAIN!

Kinzler Construction Services, a family and employee-owned construction subcontractor, was again named one of the Top Workplaces in Iowa. This is the second year in a row Kinzler’s employees have recognized the company’s dynamic workplace culture.

The Top Workplaces lists are based solely on responses to a survey of Kinzler Construction Services employees administered by Energage, LLC, a leading research firm that specializes in organizational health and workplace improvement. Several aspects of workplace culture were measured, including alignment, execution, and connection, just to name a few.

“It’s a great honor when two years running, employees rate Kinzler Construction Services as one of the best places to work,” said Tanner Kinzler, President & CEO. “We’re serious about our Team Member-Focused approach, which means we’re a workplace where all people, programs, processes, and systems are focused on helping employees grow and advance their careers. We’re creating a culture where positive people excel, safety is #1, employees have a voice on the team and they control their advancement and earning potential.”

Kinzler Construction Services recently launched their company ESOP (Employee Stock Ownership Plan), which means team members actually have ownership in the business.

“Top Workplaces is more than just recognition.  Our research shows organizations that earn the award attract better talent, experience lower turnover, and are better equipped to deliver bottom-line results,” said Doug Claffey, CEO of Energage.  “Their leaders prioritize and carefully craft a healthy workplace culture that supports employee engagement.  Becoming a Top Workplace isn’t something organizations can buy.  It’s an achievement organizations have worked for, and a distinction that gives them a competitive advantage.  It’s a big deal.”

Kinzler is currently hiring team members. For a complete list of job openings, visit our careers page.

About Kinzler Construction Services

Kinzler Construction Services is a family and employee-owned construction subcontractor with a proven process for hassle-free installation and delivery of building materials. To search job openings and apply to join the Kinzler team, visit www.KinzlerCareers.com.

About Energage, LLC
Headquartered in Exton, Pa., Energage (formerly known as WorkplaceDynamics) is a leading provider of technology-based employee engagement tools that help leaders to unlock potential, inspire performance, and achieve amazing results within their organizations. The research partner behind the Top Workplaces program, Energage has surveyed more than 47,000 organizations representing well over 16 million employees in the United States.

Tour Kinzler’s New Cedar Rapids, IA Facility

You’re invited to tour Kinzler Construction Services’ new Cedar Rapids, IA facility at an open house Friday, September 21 from 11 am-1 pm.

The new facility at 9915 Atlantic Dr. SW, opened earlier this spring with twice the space of the previous Cedar Rapids location and a much larger yard for steel and other distribution products. The new building also includes a customer showroom and order desk. Kinzler hopes to add as many as 50 new jobs to the Corridor in the coming months. Learn more about open positions and apply at www.KinzlerCareers.com.

In addition to providing tours, free lunch and prizes — Kinzler will also offer educational opportunities throughout the event:

  • 11-11:30 am: Product Demo – Continental Rapid Deco Level 5 System
  • 11:30 am-Noon: Product Demo – Certainteed Ceiling Grids
  • Noon-1 pm: Install Demo – BIBS/In-Floor Assembly Insulation

Recognized as an industry expert with a reputation for superior service and innovation, Kinzler Construction Services installs insulation, fireproofing and gypsum concrete underlayment for commercial, residential and agricultural builders and homeowners. In addition, Kinzler distributes a full line of B2B construction products for contractors, including drywall, steel, acoustical ceiling tile, EIFS and more.

LEADERSHIP: Crucial Conversations

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.

DOWNLOAD OUR CRUCIAL CONVERSATIONS CHEAT SHEET

Learn more from the New York Times best selling book, Crucial Conversations.

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