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 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.
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, at 7 p.m. and WTTW Prime at 10 p.m.
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
1250 Touhy Ave.
Elk Grove Village
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Imagine you’re sitting in your office, and your corporate headquarters contacts you and tells you they’ve had an emergency shutdown and they need you to get them some critical parts by the next day. But, you realize that you don’t have the parts in stock and besides, corporate headquarters is on the other side of the world more than 6,000 miles away.
What do you do?
The first thing you do is call your sales representative at Steiner Electric and ask for help. In this case, Matt Piekarczyk and Rich Meagher, both inside sales representatives, went into emergency order mode and ascertained that we had the needed parts. They then turned to Jose Gonzalez and Rigoberto Gonzalez in the warehouse department and Jim Boss in shipping to locate, box and prepare the parts for shipping. In all, 3 boxes of much-needed parts were transported.
“From sales to shipping to the customer, it was a group effort,” says Boss, “Even the customer had to create original labels and get them to us so that they could be shipped via FedEx for next day shipping to Japan.”
It is this type of effort, this desire to help a customer—no matter the challenging circumstances—that sets Steiner apart from other distributors. And, it is this effort, this willingness to go that extra mile (or in this case 6,000 miles), that keeps customers coming back to Steiner to help them with their business and supply needs.
In fact, a few days later, the customer, a reseller of industrial machinery and related equipment, placed another overseas order with us. This time, the deadline was not as immediate, but that doesn’t mean that the Steiner team didn’t go above and beyond again.
“Without being asked, we made sure that this order was shipped to Japan on heat-treated skids,” says Boss. Heat treated-skids are heated to a core temperature of 140 degrees for a minimum of 30 minutes to kill off any insects or larva that might be in the pallet. “The use of heat-treated skids should be routine for any company that ships out of the country, but some companies don’t do it,” he adds. “I know about it because of all the freight that I have shipped out of the country over the years.”
For help with any order a Steiner representative is always just a phone call away. If you are in need of emergency services call the 24-hour service line at 1-800-STEINER (783-4637).
In many ways, Steiner’s Will Call Counters are the face of our renowned, 100-year-old company, and many area contractors, industrial electricians, maintenance workers and others depend on us as a trusted, reliable resource, much as they would a handy tool in their toolbox.
And that, the Will Call Counters are…reliable and trustworthy…and a whole lot more.
In fact, in the last several months, customers who visited our Will Call Counters have had the opportunity to partake in a variety of special offers from big-named brands such as SqD, Hubbell, Ideal, Lutron, Milwaukee, Panduit, Carhartt, and more. Customers have had a chance to see new products hauled to our facilities on specially designed trucks, displaying tuggers and benders, lighting and gear, while eating burgers or hot dogs grilled fresh on the back of the rolling product display.
In addition, everyone has had the opportunity to view great deals, participate in product giveaways, and some customers even won a prize or two along the way.
If you missed out on those special offers, don’t fear. More special deals are coming down the pike. Stop in and see what’s new. Check out our digital display boards that can be found just outside the doors of our Will Call Counters. Look for flyers on our countertops; posters on our shelves or checkout our website at www.steinerelectric.com.
Shopping may even be easier with modern electronics. You can order
products from our website or on your phone using the free Steiner Smartphone App. Using these devices, you can also manage your account, check on product availability and price, view order history, reorder frequently purchased products, and more.
Steiner represents the leading manufacturers in the electrical industry. However, it is the knowledgeable sales team that makes the difference.
It goes without saying that having access to the right product, service, or tool needed for a job, as well as the ability to pick the brain of an experienced staff member, are driving forces for a Will Call customer. But that may not be the only reasons. Often, our Will Call Counters will have some benefits that just might make a customer’s day a little nicer.
For instance, Steiner Will Call Counters offer cold water bottles to our customers, and all offer coffee. Some branches offer popcorn while others have the occasional donuts on hand for when you need a recharge. Several facilities offer USB charging stations to give your phones a power boost, and some offer electric car vehicle charging stations to keep your vehicle in operation.
So, stop in for something cold, or hot, to drink, but don’t forget to bring your list of materials. While you’re there, keep an eye out for any last-minute sales and promotions.
These hallowed words, as Gen. Douglas MacArthur reflected, is not only the motto of the West Point Military Academy, it is the heart and soul, the strength and the goodness, of those sons and daughters who serve in the United States military to protect our freedom and way of life.
On this special day, let us pause and salute all who serve in war and in peace. We pay homage to your efforts and wish you our best.
We especially honor the 30 current Steiner Electric employees who served in the cause of liberty. Steiner also salutes the mothers, fathers, and family members of those who have served this nation at posts around the world.
Of the nearly 1-million organizations certified globally to the ISO 9001 quality standard, only an estimated 20 percent have successfully transitioned to the revised 2015 standard. Steiner Electric is one of them.
Through a series of grueling auditing sessions at Steiner Electric facilities, the 101-year old distribution house was certified to the new standard in October 2017 almost a full year ahead of the required deadline.
“The Elk Grove Village facility underwent a 2-person, 3-½ day audit of our Quality Management system (QMS) and the certification body approved our QMS to the new ISO9001: 2015 Standard,” says Rich Hamer, company senior vice president and chief information officer.
Steiner Electric was one of the first distribution houses to become certified when it did so in 1994, and has once again led the industry in preparing for re-certification to the newly revised ISO 9001:2015 standard. In addition to the Elk Grove facility, the St. Charles and Chicago facilities also underwent the rigorous audit process so that the company could achieve this honor.
The ISO 9001 standard, and its multiple components, sets out the requirements for a quality management system. It requires Steiner to take a process approach view of the business with the goal of improving the way work gets done.
This effort, which is an ongoing, continual-improvement endeavor, helps Steiner Electric be more efficient, better understand our customers and deliver the products, services and solutions they need to grow their business.
The International Organization for Standardization (ISO) updated its ISO 9001: 2008 version to the 2015 version in September 2015. Companies such as Steiner who were certified to the 2008 version had until September 2018 to transition to the new version.
“The new standard is far more rigorous and demands that we manage our processes at a much higher level than ever before,” says Hamer. “We largely have a new system, even after being an ISO registered firm for over 22 years. I am very excited about how the changes we have made to our QMS will support our goals for continuous improvement and exceptional customer experience.”
ISO 9001:2015 Benefits
• Puts greater emphasis on leadership engagement
• Helps address organizational risks and opportunities in a structured manner
• Uses simplified language and a common structure and terms
• Addresses supply chain management more effectively
• Is more user-friendly for service and knowledge-based organizations