Kinzler Insulates House for Homeless Female Veterans

Kinzler provided the insulation for this new home which will provide temporary housing for up to five female veterans at a time.

Kinzler Construction Services is proud to help create housing for Minneapolis, MN area veterans in need by installing insulation in a new homeless shelter free of charge.

Each year, the Minnesota Assistance Council for Veterans (MACV) receives more than 25,000 contacts, inquiries and requests from veterans across the state who are homeless or experiencing a crisis that could lead to homelessness. Earlier this spring, MACV teamed up with Kinzler’s building partner, Lennar and BATC Housing First Minnesota, to break ground on a home that will house female veterans – a population that is in serious need.

“We’re happy to be able to give back to the community where our team of local insulation installers live and work,” says Kinzler Construction Services General Manager Rick Cobbs. “We’re excited that this house will be able to provide temporary shelter for up to five women at a time.”

Kinzler Construction Services partnered with insulation supplier Johns Manville, donating material and time to install batt insulation, spray foam around the rim joists and blow-in insulation in the attic.

The five-bedroom home located in Maplewood, MN is scheduled to be completed in August.

 

Project Profile: Duplex Insulation in HiLo Denver, CO

Kinzler Construction Services recently insulated this duplex in HiLo Denver. The contractor encountered several challenges which our expert team helped solve quickly in order to keep the inspectors happy and the project on schedule.

Closed cell spray foam was used on the ceiling in 2’x8′ cavities that needed to achieve an R49. Kinzler sprayed foam insulation in a vaulted ceiling that ran the length of the house.
Because this is a duplex, the builder was particularly concerned about sound transfer. Our team suggested noise-reducing options and mineral wool batt insulation was selected to place in common walls. Blown-In-Blanket (BIBS) was used on others walls where sound transmission was not a worry.

Our team of local professionals in Denver will:

  • Listen to fully understand your project scope & schedule
  • Complete the work to manufacturers specifications
  • Double check 100% of work orders
  • Inspect job sites to grade our installers on the quality of their work

Kinzler Construction Services has more than three decades of insulation install experience. We have a proven process created to ensure your project passes inspection the first time, saving you time and keeping the entire project on budget. Contact us today to discuss partnering on your next project!

VIDEO: The Sunset Rule

The Sunset Rule was a rule I imposed on myself many years ago after a call from a good customer. He called me out of frustration, agitated that he had not been called back by my salesman for a couple of days. The customer was a long-time relationship of mine and asked if he could work directly with me since his assigned salesman didn’t seem to care about him. I had a conversation with this salesman in our organization asking why he hadn’t called the customer back. The salesman had two or three reasons important to him for why he was too busy to make this call. The salesman’s first excuse was that he “didn’t have an answer for him yet,” so communication was suspended.

When a customer, co-worker, friend, or family member contacts you, make time by the end of each day to respond before the sun sets. You may need to prioritize your responses. Friends and family will understand that your response on a work day will need to be during a break or after work. Customers and co-workers deserve and expect a more immediate response by text, email or call, even if that response is simply to let them know you’re working on an answer. I have always done my best to stick to this rule and to advocate company-wide that we all adopt the Sunset Rule.

The Sunset Rule is an act of respect and diligence and is a key component to having great relationships. This simple discipline of getting back to people has truly been a key to success in my personal life and at Kinzler.

Kinzler Congratulations Second Class of Bell Leadership Graduates

18 Kinzler employees graduated from the most recent Bell Leadership training, pictured with certified in-house facilitator Brian Schwartze.

A class of 18 Kinzler Construction Services employees recently completed the Bell Leadership Institute’s Achievers program, led in-house by Certified Facilitator Brian Schwartze, Kinzler’s Chief Talent Officer. The leaders and aspiring leaders from Kinzler’s branch locations in Iowa, Minnesota and Texas participated in the three-day program at the company’s Training Center in Ankeny, IA.

Described by graduates as “life-changing,” Achievers is the cornerstone program of Bell Leadership Institute, designed to provide a unique framework to understand exceptional leadership in a personal context.

“I tell people all the time that Kinzler is a company where all people, programs, processes, and systems are focused on helping employees grow and advance their careers. The Bell Leadership Achievers program delivers on that promise,” said Angie Cramer, a Kinzler Recruiter and recent Bell Leadership graduate.

“This class of Kinzler employees were engaged and eager to grow their leadership skills,” said Schwartze. “Without a doubt, this training translates to industry-leading service to our customers!”

Kinzler Helps Renovate 107-Year-Old Minneapolis Home for Net-Zero Performance

Kinzler insulates rafter bays with closed-cell polyurethane foam, sprayed in from the top. The new roof assembly includes a layer of sheathing below the I-joist rafters. (Photo Courtesy: Zero Energy Project)

Kinzler Construction Services was recently hired as the insulation contractor to help renovate a chilly Minneapolis home to be net-zero in energy with no sacrifice in attractiveness, space, or comfort.

This renovation was one of the first in Minneapolis to use a relatively non-invasive method of insulating the foundation wall from the outside. Kinzler Construction Services removed a 4-inch-wide slice of dirt all the way down to the footings, then inserted a 1-inch foam sheet and 3 inches of sprayed closed-cell foam. The net insulating effect for the basement was R-30 while removing very little dirt.
Read more about how the refurbished Victorian home now makes more energy than it uses in this article from Zero Energy Project.

Kinzler’s EntreLeadership Event Equips Leaders

Kinzler Construction Services recently invited customers, employees and friends to attend a one-day event designed for leaders and their teams. The EntreLeadership 1-Day Live Stream Event, held at Kinzler’s Ankeny, IA office, equipped attendees to master the art of influence, delegation, conflict resolution, team unification and other common issues all leaders face.

In addition to a great lineup of speakers on the EntreLeadership stream, the event also featured local experts tackling leadership issues facing the construction industry specifically.

Executive Chair & Founder Kevin Kinzler presented at the Spring EntreLeadership 1-Day Event at Kinzler Construction Services April 27, 2018. Kevin shares short stories and lessons learned growing his business from his garage to a 30+ year old company with locations across the country.
Brian Schwartze, Chief Talent Officer, presented at the Spring EntreLeadership 1-Day Event at Kinzler Construction Services April 27, 2018. Brian gives a brief overview of Crucial Conversations including tools and tips for talking when stakes are high.

“Kinzler Construction Services is committed to growing and advancing our employees and our business partners,” said Tanner Kinzler, President & CEO of Kinzler Construction Services. “We’re pleased to host events like this one which provide actionable steps to sharpen leadership skills and grow our organizations.”

Kinzler plans to offer more leadership and learning opportunities in the future. Those interested in participating in upcoming events should contact us.

Kinzler Receives Patriot Award for Support of the Guard & Reserve

Kinzler VP of Operations Tim Hurn (center) is presented the Patriot Award by ESGR volunteer Michael Dayton (left). Hurn was nominated by Iowa National Guard Commander Craig Coder (right), a Kinzler employee.

Kinzler Construction Services was recently recognized for exemplary support of National Guard and Reserve member employees. Tim Hurn, VP of Operations for Kinzler Construction Services, was named a Patriot Award recipient by the U.S. Department of Defense. The award, given by DOD’s Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR), recognizes individuals who practice leadership and personnel policies that support employee participation in the Guard and Reserve.

Hurn was nominated by Iowa National Guard Captain Craig Coder, who serves as the Commander for Alpha Company, 334th Brigade Support Battalion based out of Camp Dodge. Coder is the General Manager of Kinzler’s eastern Iowa Distribution operations.

“Kinzler has helped me grow my career in the military,” Coder said. “And the military has helped my career at Kinzler. I am grateful to work for a company which is flexible and supportive of me as I continue to serve our great country.”

Kinzler actively seeks out National Guard soldiers and people with prior military service and is a Home Base Iowa employer. Interested applicants should visit www.KinzlerCareers.com.

“We have had huge success with veterans as Kinzler employees,” said Hurn, himself a U.S. Navy veteran. “I am honored to accept this award on behalf of Kinzler Construction Services.”

“Supportive supervisors are critical to maintaining the strength and readiness of the nation’s National Guard and Reserve units,” said Michael J. Dayton, an ESGR volunteer who presented the award. “The U.S. Department of Defense is pleased to recognize Kinzler Construction Services as an outstanding organization that has and is continuing to support a strong National Guard and Reserve force.”

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. Kinzler is a rapidly-growing, employee-owned company offering industry-leading service to the best customers with locations across America’s heartland. To search job openings and apply to join the Kinzler team, visit www.KinzlerCareers.com.

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