Steiner Collects Koats4Kids 2018

Koats4Kids

With winter approaching, some of the most vulnerable in our society — children — could use a little help to stay warm. For the 17th year, Steiner has partnered with the Salvation Army for its annual Koats4Kids drive. The drive helps collect and distribute cold weather clothing to the less fortunate children in Rockford, IL. and surrounding areas. 

Collection barrels will be located at all  Steiner branches starting on September 18, 2018.


The following new or gently used items are needed most:

  • Coats
  • Hats
  • Mittens
  • Scarves
  • Snow Pants
  • Boots

Donated items must be in good wearable condition, clean, and not have any holes or stains. Adult sizes are also appreciated as many kids can wear them.  All barrels will be collected on October 18th, so if you wish to donate, don’t delay!


Over the past two winters, the following items were donated at Steiner location collection boxes:

  • 226 coats
  • 100 hats
  • 41 pairs of gloves/mittens
  • 9 scarves
  • 6 pairs of snow pants
  • 4 pairs of snow boots

We thank everyone who contributed in the past to this great cause and look forward to once again help children in need this winter season.

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.

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

 

Selfless and Generous Act Shows the Spirit of the Holidays

The holiday season brings out the good in most people, but sometimes the not so good in others. A recent event brought out both actions.

On Nov. 16, a woman stole a donation jar filled with money earmarked for two Rockford-based charitable organizations. The theft at the Treasures Galore Resale Shop in Rockford, reported by the Rockford Scanner, prompted a man to donate $300 dollars from his own pocket.

The anonymous donor wore a Steiner Electric t-shirt. While we do not know if he was a Steiner employee, customer, or just someone who ended up with a Steiner shirt, we applaud him for his generosity and encourage others to learn more about the organizations to whom the donated money was earmarked: the Rockford Rescue Mission and The Carpenters Place.

The Rockford Rescue Mission provides assistance to the homeless, near-homeless, addicted, and the working poor in the Rock River Valley. Each month, the Mission provides nearly 142,000 meals and 50,000 nights of lodging for area men, women, and children. To learn more about this group, visit www.rockfordrescuemission.org.

The Carpenter's Place
The Carpenters Place

The Carpenters Place provides “the tools necessary for rebuilding the lives of the homeless” including necessities such as shower facilities, secure storage for their belongings, and a mailing address. In addition, case management teams work one-on-one with those in need to develop a personal Life Recovery Plan. For more information, visit www.carpentersplace.org.

In the same spirit of giving, Steiner Electric has matched the donation made by this generous individual.

Steiner Collects Record Amount of Clothing for Koats4Kids

Steiner Electric employees and its customers once again stepped up—in a big way—to help Rockford-area children-in-need by collecting warm clothing.

This year, Steiner collected a record number of clothing items at its 9 facilities across the area. Items collected included:

  • 102 coats
  • 65 hats
  • 31 pairs of gloves/mittens
  • 3 scarves
  • 3 pairs of snow boots
A Koats4Kids hut outside Steiner Electric’s Rockford facility.

This was the 16th year that Steiner Electric had partnered with the Salvation Army for its annual Koats4Kids drive.

In addition to collecting the items at Steiner Electric facilities, the company played a major role in the area-wide effort. “As we have for years, Steiner was a big contributor to the drive, providing transportation and delivery of collection barrels and huts,” says Jeff Nagel, Steiner Electric’s Rockford inventory control manager.

Steiner volunteer crews transported the collection huts and barrels to-and-from 35 area donation sites. The huts were built primarily by Steiner traffic supervisor Gene Bullock.

If you’d still like to contribute, it is never too late to help.  You can donate directly to the Salvation Army via its donation page by clicking here.

Steiner Collects Koats4Kids

With winter approaching, some of the most vulnerable in our society — children and young people — could use a little help to stay warm and Steiner Electric, the Salvation Army and the Rockford community once again stepped up to help area children in need.

A Koats4Kids hut outside Steiner Electric’s Rockford facility.

For the 16th year, Steiner Electric partnered with the Salvation Army for its annual Koats4Kids drive. Steiner is pivotal in collecting and distributing cold-weather clothing to children in Rockford and the surrounding areas who may otherwise go without during the cold winter months.

“Contributing to this cause is a no-brainer,” says Jeff Nagel, Rockford Distribution Center Manager. “The coats collected this year will be used this year to help children who otherwise might not have a warm coat. It is hard to think of a more worthy cause.”

Nagel points to one of Steiner’s employees who rarely takes credit for his efforts, but gives his time, and carpentry expertise, to this cause. Traffic Supervisor Gene Bullock has been supporting the drive for 16 years, primarily through the construction of sturdy, wooden collection huts.

“Steiner got involved and all of a sudden we needed solid huts to keep the donated clothes dry and clean,” says Bullock. “That is how I started helping this cause. It is a way to give back to the community. With everything going on in the world it is easy to think about other things, but the children have got to stay warm. It is one of life’s simplest human needs. ”

Bullock constructs the tall, wooden huts with spring-hinged doors for easy access. They are built directly on a pallet so that a Steiner crew using a pallet jack and company truck can move them where needed.

Steiner provides all the transportation for the delivery and collection of the huts and barrels to and from 35 donation sites.

Nagel says that donations of the following items are always needed:

  • Coats
  • Hats
  • Mittens
  • Scarves
  • Snow Pants
  • Boots

Donated items must be in good wearable condition, clean, and not have any holes or stains. Adult sizes are accepted as many kids wear them.

Items donated at Steiner’s Will-Call Counters were transferred back to Steiner’s Rockford facility and then transferred en masse to the Salvation Army.

If you’d like to contribute, it is not too late to help.  The Koats4Kids Campaign runs through Oct. 21, and you can donate directly to the Salvation Army’s donation page by clicking here.

Koats for Kids Coat Drive
In 2016, Steiner Electric donated the following items to the Koats for Kids clothing drive.
 124 coats
 35 hats
 10 pairs of gloves/mittens
 6 scarves
 3 pairs of snow pants
 4 pairs of snow boots

Steiner Electric Cornfest Extravaganza

The leaves might be falling, and the temperature dipping, but it is not too late for one last blow-out BBQ to celebrate the end of summer.

No matter the weather, the Steiner Electric Cornfest will be full of fun, free food, great prizes, and interesting products and services to explore.

Join us at our St. Charles Branch on Thursday, Oct. 5, from 3:30pm to 7pm, to enjoy some “a-maize-ing” corn and delectable BBQ, while also viewing products from more than 30 vendors.

On display will be a roster of wide-ranging products such as lighting and wire, power tools and hardware … and so much more. (A list of vendors, with links, is below.)

Come out and hear music, and have a chance to win free door prizes throughout the event. In addition, you can participate in a 50-50 Raffle to benefit the Hesed House homeless shelter.

Worried about inclement weather? No problem. The event will be held indoors.

For more information, view the flyer for this event.

 Cornfest 2017 Sponsors

    
3M (Casey Sales)GreenleeLevitonPhilips (Chicago Lightworks)
Acme Electric (Hubbell)HoffmanLouvers InternationalRAB Lighting (Archibald & Meek)
ASCOHubbellLutron (Archibald & Meek)Siemens
B-Line by Eaton (Agents Midwest)Ideal Industries Inc.ArlingtonSquare D by Schneider Electric
BurndyIntermaticMilwaukeeThomas & Betts
Cooper Lighting by Eaton (Force Partners)KSA Acuity BrandsOmni CableUniversal Lighting Technologies
Appleton Sola HDKlein ToolsHubbell Lighting Inc. (PG Enligthen)Wheatland Tube
LittelfuseLake Michigan SalesPanduit
Fluke (McDonald & Associates)Lenox (Agents Midwest)Philips (Agents Midwest)

 

Steiner Kerman Foundation Awards Scholarships

There are certain times in life when a young person needs a helping hand, a nod, a show of faith from someone outside their immediate family. One of the more challenging times is the transition from the safety net of high school to the world of college.

Amanda Chapman is a winner of a Kerman Steiner Education Foundation scholarship.
Amanda Chapman is a winner of a Kerman Steiner Education Foundation scholarship.

For a group of young students, including children of Steiner Electric employees, this affirmation came in the way of scholarships from the Steiner Kerman Education Foundation.

For example, Amanda Chapman, daughter of Steiner Electric Will Call sales representative Paul Chapman and graduate of Glenbard East High School, responded to the news of her scholarship with a thank you note.

“Thank you for sponsoring this generous scholarship,” she wrote. “This scholarship will immensely help my financial obligations and help further my higher education … thank you so much for believing in my future at the college of DuPage by awarding me the Steiner Kerman Foundation Scholarship.”

Nicole Cermak
Nicole Cermak

Chapman was one of three winners of scholarships earmarked for children of employees. The other winners included Nicole Cermak, daughter of John Cermak, who works inside sales at the company’s St Charles facility. Nicole graduated from Hampshire High School in May and will be attending Illinois State University in the fall. “I will be studying Business in Accounting as I hope to get my masters in professional accountancy,” she said.

Catherine Genevieve Goebel
Catherine Genevieve Goebel

The third winner is Catherine Genevieve Goebel, daughter of Chris Goebel, applications engineer in the Power Systems Division. Goebel is a graduate of Metea High School where she had a 4.0 GPA. She will attend the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where she will play piccolo in the  Marching Illini Band.

The Foundation also has programs geared for students who are not children of employees.

Brent Stack, Hobart branch manager, presents scholarship award to April Dzik, a graduate of Hobart High School.
April Dzik is surrounded by her father, Frank, and mother, Karen, as well as school administrators after receiving the scholarship.

This year, for instance, April Dzik from Hobart (Ind.) High School won a scholarship. The athlete and volunteer at her church and with local community groups will enter Indiana University Northwest (Gary) as a second semester first-year student having taking dual credit classes. She will be studying psychology and elementary education.

Another winner was Marc Clay, a 2017 graduate from Elk Grove High School. Marc will be attending Harper College where he will be studying in the nursing degree program. Nursing became a passion for Marc a couple years ago when an injury put him in the hospital and in contact with medical health professionals. That was a turning point, as he turned away from business, which had been an interest, and toward health care. He has already become a certified nursing assistant (CNA), and is working in the health field while going to to school.

These students have more in common than similar ages and graduation dates. From their applications, it is evident that they embody the respect and initiative that represent the values on which the Foundation was created,says Carol Kerman, president of The

Marc Clay, a scholarship recipient, with David Lutes, Steiner Electric's vice president of human resources.
Marc Clay, scholarship winner, with David Lutes, Steiner vice president of human resources

Steiner Kerman Education Foundation.

The Foundation was established in 2007 by Harold Kerman, who was at the time the company’s CEO, and over the last decade it has awarded more than $450,000 in scholarship monies. This includes scholarships awarded to Steiner employee children ($290,000),  and scholarships presented to high schools and colleges in the municipalities near Steiner Electric locations as well as the Chicago Electric Association Education Foundation ($160,350). The Fund, which was established from Kerman’s personal holdings and is not funded by company profits, was started “as a way to give back and in appreciation for opportunities given to him,” Carol Kerman says.

In his younger days, Harold Kerman got a hand up from his aunt. She gave the 1937 graduate of Von Steuben High School, a public high school on Chicago’s North Side, money to attend Wright Junior College. This helping hand led to night school at Northwestern University where he graduated in 1941. After graduation, he served in the armed forces during WWII and upon his return he passed the CPA exam in 1946.

“The Steiner Kerman Education Foundation bases scholarships on an individual’s need and goals,” explained Carol Kerman. “Careful consideration is given to the prospects ability to view the world, ‘As if your glass is half full.’

“High School students are in a delicate phase of life,” she added. “The Steiner Kerman Education foundation focuses on fostering positive impact that continues the student’s path to fulfillment.”

For more information on the scholarship program, click here.