A Look Back At Summer 2019

Summer 2019 has been an exciting season to say the least! The Steiner family is continuing to create new memories together. From our annual outings and fundraisers to new experiences – together, we make Steiner’s environment welcoming and thriving for all.

Saying Goodbye to Great Friends Retiring

Thank you for all of your hard work and dedication to the Steiner family. You will all be truly missed.

Don Petrovich, 20 Years of Service


Terry Boone, 17 1/2 Years of Service


Rick Ryan, 33 Years of Service

Celebrating Work Anniversaries

Thank you for your continuous devotion and loyalty to our Steiner family.

Steve Bendar and Ruperto Ramones’ 20th Anniversary


Robert Quijada’s 25th Anniversary& Florante Ramones’ 20th Anniversary


Ron Styne’s 30th Anniversary


Jack Sweeney’s 30th Anniversary

Special Events This Past Summer

Steiner Pride Week!

We express our pride in working with great people who treat one another like family 💙

 

Steiner Hosts 2nd Annual Ice Cream Social to Raise Funds for the Alzheimer’s Association

Steiner hosted its 2nd Annual Ice Cream Social to raise money for the Alzheimer’s Association! It was a fun (and yummy), memorable event – with lots of pictures taken in our photo booth and plenty of ice cream, too!  

At Steiner, we’re proud to have a core group of amazing people who dedicate time towards raising awareness and funds to fight against Alzheimer’s disease. They call themselves the Purple Winged Warriors!

Help us fight Alzheimer’s disease!


Folks at Steiner came together in memory of a family member to help raise funds for the American Cancer Society through selling handmade tie-dye shirts. Proud to be a part of such amazing support and solidarity.


22nd Annual Pig Roast – A Customer Appreciation Event

An annual event hosted at our Rockford Branch! Opportunities to network, view great products and watch demonstrations from our suppliers abounded. Fun door prizes were won and this year’s raffle had two wooden sculptures carved with a chainsaw by an amazing artist from a single piece of wood. As always, there was delicious food and live music.


Amazing Chainsaw Carver Danczyk Woodcraft Visits Steiner in Rockford

Chad Danczyk of Danczyk Woodcraft is a professional chainsaw carver who creates truly one of a kind custom wood sculptures. This summer, we invited him to be a special guest at our Annual Pig Roast – a customer appreciation event hosted at the Steiner Rockford branch. Danczyk spent a full afternoon on sight carving a hawk and cougar out of a single piece of wood. Continue reading and watch the time-lapse video….


Holocaust Survivor Magda Brown Tells Her Story to Steiner Employees and Their Families

On May 18, 2019 Steiner had the honor to host Holocaust survivor Magda Brown for 100 employees and their families, ranging in ages from 12 to 70.  Born in Hungary in 1927, Magda was sent to Auschwitz in 1944 at the age of 17. Magda has spoken to over 100,000 people the past 15 years throughout the country and internationally. Listening to Magda speak was an incredible experience, she is truly an inspiration to all of us and a reminder that we must NEVER FORGET what happened. Hers is an incredible story of courage and strength. Continue reading…. 


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The New Steiner Website Is Here!

The new Steiner website was launched to continue to give quick access to thousands of products and offer even more useful account management tools essential to the daily requirements of Contractors, MROs and OEMs. Designed to help easily manage and monitor purchasing and supply needs, the many on-demand features provide an immediate way for customers to get what they need, when they need it… giving them The Power to Connect.

Explore all the new capabilities our updated website now offers!

The New Steiner Website Is Here!

The Power To Connect
The new Steiner website will continue to give quick access to thousands of products and offer even more useful account management tools essential to the daily requirements of Contractors, MROs and OEMs. Designed to help easily manage and monitor purchasing and supply needs, the many on-demand features provide an immediate way for customers to get what they need, when they need it…giving them The Power to Connect.

Capabilities

The website offers a rich catalog of products from leading manufacturers and services from factory trained technicians and application engineers across the following verticals.

Account Management Tools

The new steinerelectric.com provides access to numerous account management tools for procurement, supply inventory and project needs at the company level down to specific job accounts.

Punchout and EDI connections to eProcurement solutions are also offered. Steiner representatives can provide assistance on configuring connections with specific systems.

Get Help

For help with website registration, product purchasing or account management tools please contact Steiner specialists at 847-871-5251.

A New Steiner Web Experience Is Coming This Spring!

The Power To Connect

The Power To Connect

The new Steiner website will continue to give you quick access to thousands of products and offer even more useful account management tools essential to the daily requirements of Contractors, MROs and OEMs.

Designed to help you easily manage and monitor your purchasing and supply needs, the many on-demand features provide an immediate way to get what you need, when you need it…giving you The Power to Connect.

Stay tuned for more exciting details!

Quench Your Thirst with a Free Pop from Steiner

Beat the summer heat and quench your thirst at Steiner’s Will Call Counters.

Enjoy a FREE 24oz bottle of ice-cold pop when you make an in-person purchase or pick up an order at one of Steiner’s eight Will Call Counters.

This thirst quenching deal runs from July 2 through July 31, 2018 or while supplies last.

A receipt of purchase or invoice for pickup must be presented at time of visit. One 24oz. bottle per visit.

Our well-stocked Will Call Counters are conveniently located across Northern Illinois and Northwest Indiana, so while your picking up your supplies take a cooling respite from the dog days of summer.

Ordering Made Easier

Purchasing products to pickup is easier than ever. Order online from the Steiner website or on your smartphone using the free Steiner Mobile App.

So, place your order, and pick it up at a Will Call Counter to satisfy your thirst.

May is Huntington’s Disease Awareness Month

May is Huntington’s Disease Awareness month, and it is the mission of the Huntington’s Disease Society of America to spread awareness and raise funds with hope to discovering a cure. Huntington’s Disease (HD) has been called the “quintessential family disease” because every child of a parent with HD has a 50 percent chance of carrying the faulty, deadly gene.

On May 20, the Illinois chapter of the Huntington’s Disease Society of America (HDSA) celebrated the 14th Annual Illinois Chapter Team Hope Walk. The event, held at the Grand Pavilion on the “Riverwalk” in downtown Naperville, gathered families and friends to support each other and raise funds. For the 2nd consecutive year, Steiner Electric was a corporate sponsor.

Huntington’s Disease is a fatal genetic disorder that causes the progressive breakdown of nerve cells in the brain. Symptoms usually appear between ages 30 to 50, and can worsen over a 10 to 25-year period. HD causes a lessening in a person’s physical and mental abilities during the prime years to work.

Approximately 30,000 Americans are symptomatic of the disease, and more than 200,000 others are at-risk of inheriting a gene that over time can mutate and trigger HD symptoms. Within many families, multiple generations have inherited this expanded gene.

According to the HDSA, those at risk of inheriting HD can take a test to find  out if they’re carrying the faulty gene. Symptoms of HD varies from person to person, even within the same family. The progression of the disease can be roughly divided.

Donations to the HDSA advocacy group supports research into new therapies, provides services and referrals to HD families and individuals trying to cope with the effects of the disease, and expands educational programs and develops informational materials to bring great awareness and further education about HD into three stages. In the early stage, HD usually includes subtle changes in coordination. In the middle stage, movement disorder becomes more pronounced, and in the late stage, the person with HD is dependent on others for their care as their brain cells decrease.

To learn more about HD, and the work of the Huntington’s Disease Society of America, visit www.hdsa.org or phone (800) 345-HDSA.

Steiner Donates Vintage Film for War Documentary

Steiner Electric is very proud to have provided footage for the production of the WWII documentary “City at War: Chicago,” a film that examines what Chicago was like during the second world war.

At the beginning of America’s involvement in World War II, President Franklin Delano Roosevelt (FDR) called on the country to become “an arsenal of democracy” – to become producers of war materiel to help defeat the Axis powers — Germany, Japan, and Italy.

A new documentary, “A City at War: Chicago,” looks at how Chicago became a well-oiled production machine, with every man, woman, and child contributing to the war effort. John Davies, the executive producer, along with his co-producer Brian Kallies, says the film explores “just about everything that happened in Chicagoland during WWII.”

The documentary utilizes rare film footage, vintage propaganda movies, period posts, stills and other articles from the period to show viewers Chicago’s transformation into an “arsenal of democracy.” Several key elements that helped the producers achieve the “look” they wanted were donated from the Steiner family archives. These items, which were donated by Rick Kerman of Steiner Electric, included old 8mm and 16mm footage, and other articles either filmed or collected by his grandfather George Steiner during the war years.  “We used that all over the film and it really helped us illustrate some points,” says Davies. “It’s vintage and it really gave the movie a look.”

 Steiner family film footage that was used in the documentary, included:
  • Steiner employee sendoff office party for Manny who soon would ship out to serve our country.
  • Film of Rick’s aunt, Elaine Steiner, standing along the Lake Michigan shore watching as a luxury yacht passes by her. The ship was made by the Henry C. Grebe & Co., a Chicago yacht building company, who would retool its factory to make wooden hulled mine sweepers used in WWII. (The boats would tow a device that produced a magnetic field that triggered magnetic mines. The hull was made from wood so as to not magnetically attract the  bombs.)
  • A backyard scene showing sailors and marines relaxing. It is unknown whether they were on leave or enjoying a few final days before receiving their orders, but the footage was used to illustrate a story shared by author Harry Mark Petrakis.  The Chicago-based novelist described watching returning veterans tell soldiers who hadn’t shipped out as yet, “wait, wait, your turn will come.”
  • Also donated from the Steiner archives were original front pages from WWII-era newspapers and gas-ration stamps issued to Steiner Electric.

Rick explained, “Our friendship with Davies and Kallies goes back many years, most recently the filmmakers produced Steiner’s humorous video: “Tommy Tomagain: Steiner is There, starring Tim Kazurinsky.” When they mentioned their upcoming WWII documentary project, it was the excuse I needed to restore my grandfather’s home videos dating back to the early 1930’s and WWII news reels.”

The shots helped illustrate the prominent role that Chicago and the surrounding communities played in the buildup to WWII. Chicago Mayor Ed Kelly attracted government investment in more than 1,400 companies that re-tooled to support the war effort.

The first aircraft landing on USS Wolverine occurred during September 1942. From 1943 until the end of the war in 1945, the USS Wolverine and its sister ship, the USS Sable, were used to train 17,000 pilots, landing signal officers and other navy personnel.

During these war years, Chicago was a major US Navy training area for Navy Air, Carrier, Surface and Submarine Services. An estimated one third of the military personnel serving the Pacific theater were “boot camped” at the Naval Air Station Glenview in Chicago, according to Davies.

The Glenview air station trained aircraft carrier pilots on two carriers docked next to Navy Pier (see picture). The first aircraft landed on the USS Wolverine in September 1942 and between that initial flight and the end of the war, approximately 17,000 pilots, landing signal officers and other Navy personnel were trained on the deck of the Wolverine, and its sister ship, the USS Sable.

Another example is the Orchard Place Douglas Plant (ORD) facility, at which the Douglas Airplane Co. built more than 600 of its C-54 Skymaster aircraft. The facility was so massive that it would later become O’Hare Airport.

“Possibly as much as 30% of all U.S. materiel used to support the war effort was manufactured in and around the City of Chicago,” Davies told the Daily North Shore community web site. “That included a range of items like food, parachutes and tanks.”

The one-hour documentary, narrated by Bill Kurtis, will air in Chicago on WTTW Chicago Channel 11, on Memorial Day, Monday, May 28, 2018 at 7 p.m. and WTTW Prime at 10 p.m.

Join Steiner for Our 2018 Great American BBQ

 Summer is quickly approaching and Steiner Electric is hard at work preparing to welcome our customers and friends to our 2018 Great American BBQ.

This annual fun-in-the-sun event is held at Steiner’s centrally located Elk Grove Village branch. Join us on Thursday, June 28, 2018, from 11:30am to 1:30pm. Use this mid-day break to view great products from vendors and vie for exciting prizes. Keep an eye out for a Steiner Electric display where customer’s can purchase deeply discounted products.

And, bring your appetites so you can feast on barbecue specialties catered by Smoque BBQ – highly rated by Zagat as not just one of the best BBQ in Chicago, but also one of the 50 best restaurants in Chicago.  

So, if you don’t already have lunch plans for Thursday, June 28, come on by our Elk Grove Village branch for a great time, with great people, and enjoy great BBQ by one of Chicago’s finest. Take a moment now to RSVP for the event.

We look forward to seeing you there!

Great American BBQ
Thursday, June 28, 2018
11:30am to 1:30pm
Steiner Electric
1250 Touhy Ave.
Elk Grove Village

Join Us for Our 21st Annual Pig Roast

Summer is approaching and we’re looking forward to hosting another family fun Steiner Electric event – our 21st Annual Pig Roast! Please join us at our Rockford branch on Thursday, June 21, 2018, from 4:30pm until 7:30pm.

As in previous years, you can check out products and watch demonstrations from an array of vendors who will be exhibiting. More than 50 companies are scheduled to showcase their wares.

Southern Heritage Band
Southern Heritage Band plays at the 21st annual pig roast in Rockford.

In addition, enjoy great food, win door prizes, and hear live music from local favorites, Southern Heritage. A Rockford Area Music Industry Hall of Fame Member (RAMI), Southern Heritage has opened for such well-known musicians as Keith Anderson, David Allan Coe and Lady Antebellum. At the Pig Roast, you can expect them to play music from Johnny Cash to Jason Aldean.

RSVP to attend the event or download the event flyer for more information.

Walk, Roll and Raise Funds for Cancer Research

Strap on your running shoes, buckle up your roller skates, give your bike a tune up, and get ready to participate in Walk and Roll Chicago, an annual  event held to raise funds for the American Cancer Society.

This year marks the 47th year that the American Cancer Society has organized Walk and Roll in Chicago and the eighth consecutive year that Steiner Electric has participated.

Walk and Roll Chicago is scheduled for April 21. Help raise funds to fight cancer.
Walk and Roll Chicago is scheduled for April 21. Come out and help raise funds to fight cancer.

Join Team Steiner and its partners in the Chicago Electrical Industry group on Saturday, April 21, 2018, at 8:30am. The races’ step-off is at 10am. The starting line, team tents, music, food vendors and more are located on the Stadium Green, which is at the southeast corner of Soldier Field.

Participants can choose from four ways to participate in the event. They can walk or run 5K, skate 10K, or bike 15K. Those who do not have a bike or skates can rent them on site.

There is still time to register for Walk and Roll Chicago. To register or donate, click here.

Join Team Steiner in the fight against cancer. If you haven’t signed up yet, there is still time to register. If you’re unable to make the event, you can still make a donation online. To donate or register for the event, click here.

Joy to the World, One Child at a Time

If we could harness the smiles of joy from the children and their families who attended the 26th Annual Homeless Children’s Party and convert it to electricity, we could light many future nights no matter how dark some of those nights may be.

Steiner and other companies held toy drives to collect presents for the holiday party.
Steiner and other companies held toy drives to collect presents for the holiday party. All Photos: Antonette Favia, Villa Park Electrical Supply

On a snowy, blustery Saturday morning, a record number of children and their families were transported from their temporary residences at seven Chicago-area homeless shelters to the James Jordan Boys & Girls Club in Chicago. In all, more than 250 children and 100 family members were treated to a festive Christmas party sponsored by the Chicago Electrical Industry (CEI). The girls and boys ranged in age from newborns to 16 and older. Most of the children were under 10-years old.

Each child received a gift from Santa, ably assisted by Mrs. Claus and a record number of volunteer elves. The gifts were collected during the annual Steiner Electric Toy Drive, and similar toy drives at other CEI companies. In addition to getting gifts and meeting Santa, the children and their family enjoyed a holiday meal of turkey with all the trimmings.

Volunteers wrap presents for the children attending the Christmas party.
Volunteers wrap presents for the children attending the Christmas party.

After every child received a gift, Santa and Mrs. Claus exited the hall with a trail of happy, but exhausted, children in their wake.  As the families departed, volunteers thanked them for coming and gave them a goodie bag to take with them as they were transported back to the shelters.

Through donations from CEI members, all the day’s expenses were covered. Excess funds will be used to buy much needed items for the shelters whose residents attended the party. In year’s past, the CEI has provided computers, printers, mattresses, and linens to these facilities. Additionally, the remaining gifts were donated to the Hesed House in Aurora. The shelter provides food, housing and other necessities to those in need.

2017 Company Toy Drives
Steiner Electric
Continental Electric
C&C Power, Inc.
Illinois Business Communications, Inc.
Maron Electric
Houston Wire & Cable
Allied Machine & Engineering Corp.
Electri-Flex