Kinzler Construction Services Response to COVID-19

Kinzler Construction Services is a family and employee-owned construction subcontractor, but we’re also local community members ourselves. Like you, we have been monitoring the evolving news regarding COVID-19 and we’re taking the Coronavirus situation seriously. 

Many of the communities in which we work are taking measures to slow the spread of the virus and protect individuals, including issuing orders for people in the community to stay at home except for those that are supporting an essential business. In every case, construction has been deemed an essential business. Kinzler Construction Services remains open, fully operational and we don’t want our people or anyone at the jobsites we work on getting sick. If someone on your jobsite is sick or think they may have been infected, please tell us immediately so we can keep our employee-owners safe.  

To protect our teams and other construction partners on jobsites, we have made and will continue to make changes to our work practices based upon guidance from our federal, state and local governments. These changes include:  

  • Establishing a COVID-19 Task Force that meets daily to monitor developments and make adjustments, led by our President & CEO Tanner Kinzler. 
  • Daily talks with our teams to make sure everyone is feeling well and hasn’t been exposed to any infected person. 
  • Strict rules in place for coming to work sick. If anyone has a fever, is showing signs of illness, or has had close contact  with someone who has the Coronavirus as defined by the CDC, they are not allowed at work. 
  • Providing free telemedicine visits to all employees on Kinzler’s health care plan. 
  • Guests or visitors are not allowed in our job sites or offices. 
  • Travel between our branch offices has been suspended. 

In addition, all personnel have been trained on best practices for transmission prevention. Some strategies we’ve implemented include: 

  • Assigning the same crew the same tools and the same truck as much as possible. 
  • Have team members report directly to worksites to avoid riding together in vehicles. 
  • Increasing cleaning and sanitation of facilities, trucks, tools and work areas. 
  • Maintaining 6 feet social distancing whenever possible. 
  • Staggering crew start times.  
  • Conducting toolbox talks and safety meetings remotely. 

As your partner in the construction industry, we understand our essential role in keeping job sites open, people working and the economy moving forward. Despite the challenges, we are so grateful for the inspiring people on our collective teams and in our communities that are getting us through this difficult time. 

If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to reach out to us at (888) 292-2382.  

Kinzler Named Top 25 U.S. Insulation Contractor

Kinzler Insulation Installers pose for a photo and at a construction jobsite.
Walls & Ceilings Magazine recently announced Kinzler Construction Services as one of their Top 25 Insulation Contractors in the United States.
 
They made their selection with the help of W&C staff and its editorial advisory board—in particular the guidance of Michael Kwart of the Insulation Contractors Association of America. They decided on who they felt are among the best and most ambitious insulation contractors in the U.S. 
 
“As insulation demand continues to grow—both in the U.S. and globally— it’s important to take notice of all the different and expanding lines of insulation,” says John Wyatt, editor of W&C. “All these different types are designed and engineered to meet the unique demands of the various projects from across the globe.” 
 
The chosen insulation contractors have multiple characteristics that qualify them to be among the Top 25. Winners range from commercial to residential contractors, which apply spray foam to fiberglass and everything in between. 
 

Kinzler Honors Employees Called to be Deployed & Receives Patriot Award for Support of the Guard & Reserves

Kinzler honored employees called to be deployed & received the Patriot Award for support of the Guard & Reserves. Those honored posed in front of a cake at the ceremony.
Pictured from Left: ESGR volunteer Scott Little, Kinzler’s Distribution COO Brian Wulfekuhle, Eastern Iowa Operations Manager SFC Josh Dobbs, Eastern Iowa Distribution General Manager CPT Craig Coder.

Kinzler Construction Services recently honored two of its employee-owners who have been called to active duty overseas with the Iowa National Guard. At the same time, the company was honored for exemplary support of National Guard and Reserve member employees.

SFC Josh Dobbs, Kinzler’s Eastern Iowa Operations Manager, serves with the 1st Battalion (Ironman), 133rd Infantry Regiment based out of Waterloo. CPT Craig Coder, the General Manager of Kinzler’s eastern Iowa Distribution operations, serves with the 1st Battalion, 194th Field Artillery Regiment based out of Fort Dodge. Both soldiers received deployment orders for Operation Spartan Shield. Their primary mission will involve area security and force protection operations in 27 countries including Afghanistan, Iraq, Kuwait, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, among others. Kinzler will hold jobs for both until they complete their National Guard duties.

Meanwhile, Kinzler’s Chief Operating Officer for Distribution, Brian Wulfekuhle, 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. Wulfekuhle was nominated by CPT Craig Coder.

“Kinzler has helped me grow my career in the military,” Coder said. “It’s not easy to be able to have a successful military career and a successful civilian career, but Kinzler has allowed me to do both. 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 – Craig and Josh are two great examples of soldiers who are leaders in our company,” said Wulfekuhle. “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 Scott Little, 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.

Kinzler & United Insulators Merge in Denver, CO

United Insulators - Insulation experts serving the metro Denver area.

Kinzler Construction Services is pleased to announce our merger with United Insulators, a leading insulation contractor serving home builders, commercial construction contractors, remodelers and home owners.

This merger with United Insulators, based in Sheridan, CO, further strengthens our ability to serve customers in the metro Denver market. United has developed a reputation built on quality and service, led by Mike Sventko – a 45-year veteran in the insulation business.

Kinzler Construction Services is a family and employee-owned insulation company located in Denver. Our 35 year-old business was founded in central Iowa and has locations in Tyler, TX and across Iowa including a branch support headquarters in Ankeny.

Combining Kinzler and United Insulators means exponential increases in inventory, equipment, manpower, infrastructure, technology, employee benefits and administrative support.  The size and scope of our products and services will continue to grow. But the friendly people and industry-leading customer service you’ve come to expect will remain.

Effective immediately, our combined business will be known as “United Insulators – A Kinzler Company.” We will work closely with our customers, partners and employees to make the integration process as smooth as possible.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact us at (303) 730-3059. We look forward to your continued partnership!

Sincerely,

Tanner Kinzler
President & CEO

Mike Sventko
General Manager

Kinzler Hosts Safety & Risk Control Workshop

Disasters happen everywhere and every business can – and should – prepare today.  That’s why Kinzler Construction Services hosted a Safety & Risk Control Workshop for our team, our customers, insurance captive colleagues, as well as safety and HR professionals from Ankeny, IA and the surrounding area. Guests heard from experts and those who have experienced disaster in the workplace to learn safety and risk management best practices.

Below are two of the featured sessions, recorded and shared with permission from the presenters.

Active Shooter Preparedness

Brian Endrizal, Endrizal Investigation & Consulting


Tornado Impact: Before, During & After an EF3 Tornado

Auby Ninemire, Vermeer Manufacturing

Kinzler Construction Services Appoints New Chief Financial Officer

Breanne Kruger, in the Hearth Room at Kinzler's Branch Support Headquarters, is the company's new Chief Financial Officer.
Breanne Kruger

Breanne Kruger has been appointed Chief Financial Officer of Kinzler Construction Services, a family and employee-owned construction subcontractor which installs and distributes building materials in Iowa, Minnesota, Colorado and Texas. In this role, Kruger will lead the Company’s finance and business development strategy, budgeting and planning, accounting, and financial reporting functions. 

“Breanne is a collaborative leader with a strong record of success, and we are pleased to welcome her to Kinzler Construction Services,” said Tanner Kinzler, President and Chief Executive Officer. “Breanne brings impressive finance and accounting experience to our Senior Leadership Team.”

“I am honored and excited to join the Kinzler Construction Services family,” said Kruger. “I was drawn to Kinzler’s core values and purpose of serving others, building relationships and enriching the lives of team members and those we partner with. I look forward to helping the company achieve its strategic objectives of driving profitable growth for all of Kinzler’s employee-owners.”

Prior to joining Kinzler Construction Services, Kruger served as Chief Financial Officer for Signature Resources, Inc which consists of four operating entities including Century 21 Signature Real Estate. Before that she worked ten years at Denman & Company, LLP, an accounting and business consulting firm in West Des Moines.

Kruger holds a Bachelor of Science and Master of Science in accounting from Iowa State University. She lives in Bondurant with her husband, John and two kids, Ashton (6) and Aubrey (3).

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. We are 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 systems & EIFS. With locations across America’s heartland, Kinzler is a rapidly-growing company offering industry-leading service to our customers. To search job openings and apply to join the Kinzler team, visit www.KinzlerCareers.com.

Insulating Older & Historic Homes

The 120+ year-old Jester-Butler-Clyde House in the historic Charnwood District of Tyler, TX.
The 120+ year-old Jester-Butler-Clyde House in the historic Charnwood District of Tyler, TX.

Owners of historic homes may find things like corn cobs, newspaper, wood shavings or bricks in their walls for insulation. Fortunately, today’s insulation options are much higher performing. When installed properly, insulating older and historic homes can make your home more comfortable and can save you up to 50 percent on utility bills!  

Special consideration needs to be taken with older and historic homes in order to maximize energy savings while preserving the historic character. You can request a free home visit from one of our insulation experts by filling out our easy online form or calling 888-292-2382.

Older Homes CAN Be Made More Energy Efficient

Air sealing & insulating a few key places in historic homes—attics, crawl spaces, basements—provides the greatest benefit with the lowest risk of damage. 

Wall insulation can sometimes be problematic in historic structures. That’s because it’s difficult for people with inexperience to install it properly due to the unpredictable nature of historic walls.

  • There may be old knob and tube wiring in the wall which would present a fire hazard.
  • Blocking, fire stops, or forgotten or obsolete chases will result in cold pockets. Anywhere the insulation does not or cannot reach, such as the junction between the exterior wall and the floor joists, can create thermal bridging.
  • Blowing insulation into lath and plaster walls can potentially cause the plaster to detach from the furring, necessitating extensive repairs.

Historic Tyler, TX Home Insulated by Kinzler

Kinzler using blown-in fiberglass insulation to insulate the home to increase energy efficiency with minimal disturbance to existing finishes of the historic home.
Kinzler used blown-in fiberglass insulation to insulate this home because we were able to increase energy efficiency with minimal disturbance to existing finishes of the historic home.

The insulation experts at Kinzler Construction Services (Home of Garland & Jones Insulation) were hired to insulate the 120+ year old Jester-Butler-Clyde House in the historic Charnwood District of Tyler, TX. Its new owners are doing extensive renovation work, which they contracted with Canfield Construction Management.

One of the projects involves turning a space on the second floor into a laundry room. This area of the home did not have any insulation, so introducing it needed to be done carefully and with particular attention given to proper ventilation.

Kinzler installers carefully removed a piece of wood paneling on a sloped ceiling to gain access into the walls without damaging the structure. Blown-in fiberglass insulation was the best option for this project because we were able to complete the install and increase energy efficiency with minimal disturbance to existing finishes of the historic home.

Kinzler Can Help

Kinzler Construction Services (Home of Garland & Jones Insulation) has the experts to install insulation in your older or historic home. Contact us today at 888-292-2382. to discuss how we can partner on your next project!

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