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.

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Project Profile: Church Spray Foam

We love to celebrate with happy customers! Here’s a note we recently received from St. Anthony Park United Church of Christ in St. Paul, MN, where we designed some new walls and a ceiling in their attic to encapsulate all of their duct work with spray foam.

“I want to let you know the church’s experience this past heating season with the new attic insulation and with new boilers. Our natural gas usage was down by 34% for the heating season. That’s a huge improvement. Thanks for your work through our complicated project.” #EnergySavings #Insulation #SprayFoam #WeInsulateYou

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!”

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