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, at 7 p.m. and WTTW Prime at 10 p.m.

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.

Join Steiner When LIGHTFAIR Lights Up Chicago’s Lakefront

After a 20-year hiatus, LIGHTFAIR International (LFI) returns to Chicago May 6-10, 2018, and Steiner plans to make this show a memorable one.

Accompany Steiner to LIGHTFAIR on May 8, the opening day for exhibits, and receive:

Join Steiner at LIGHTFAIR 2018 this May.
  • FREE: Exhibit hall pass ($99 value and good for duration of show).
  • FREE: Transportation to and from the show on May 8 from either Steiner’s Elk Grove Village location or its Rockford location. (See chart below for further details.*)
  • FREE: Hot Breakfast Buffet from Chicago’s iconic Manny’s Delicatessen.
  • FREE: Tour of Steiner’s state-of-the-art Lighting and Technology Center.

Space is limited, register today!

Steiner’s LIGHTFAIR event is co-sponsored by Acuity Brands, and Philips.

Free Entry to World’s Largest Lighting Fair
LIGHTFAIR 2018 is the world’s largest trade show. It’s coming to Chicago in May.

With the free Exhibit Hall pass from Steiner, you can gain entry to LIGHTFAIR, the worlds’ largest annual architectural and commercial lighting trade show and conference. The show is considered the premier event for the lighting industry that focuses on a variety of topics, including connecting innovative design, cutting-edge style, state-of-the-art technology, networking opportunities, and continuing education courses.

The show is expected to attract nearly 30,000 visitors to Chicago’s McCormick Place.  More than 550 exhibitors are scheduled to showcase their wares throughout 6 pavilions. To view an exhibitors list, as of mid-March, click here.

More than 550 exhibitors are scheduled to showcase their lighting wares at LIGHTFAIR 2018.

It will be the first time since 1995 that the trade show and conference will be held in Chicago. “We expect Chicago and McCormick Place to help deliver a LIGHTFAIR experience of extraordinary relevance and resonance,” says Jeffrey Portman Sr., vice chairman of LFI managing partner AmericasMart Atlanta. “The spectacular scope of LIGHTFAIR exhibits, together with its extensive conference programming, demands an environment of the scale which McCormick Place offers–one that our customers will embrace and enjoy.”

Earn CEUs

LIGHTFAIR will also be home to educational courses and sessions beginning with pre-conference events on May 6 and running throughout the show. Topics include: lighting, design, technology, smart lighting, lighting and health, retrofitting buildings, managing LED costs and more.

The educational component, includes:

  • Conference offering approximately 200 hours of accredited education
  • Accredited courses that range from 60 minutes to 2-day immersion sessions at every level, from Foundational to Advanced, as well as General courses.

In addition, the show will feature a Smart Cities Forum and a Light & Health Forum. Both Forums take place on Wednesday, May 9, and offer six conference sessions. Forum sessions are available as a package or à la carte.

The Smart Cities Forum explores how smart cities are leading lighting into the Internet of Things (IoT) where lighting enables digital technologies critical to the expansion of city services. The Light & Health Forum will explore light’s impact on humans as well as plants and wildlife.

*Travel Information
Buses Depart from Steiner’s Rockford facility at 6:30a.m.
(6900 Rock Valley Pkwy, Loves Park, IL 61111)
Buses Depart from Elk Grove Village at 7a.m.
(1250 Touhy Ave., Elk Grove Village, IL 60007)
Buses Arrive at Steiner’s Lighting and Technology Center at approximately 8a.m. for a free breakfast and tour.
Buses Depart for LIGHTFAIR at 9:30 a.m. for travel to McCormick Place.
Buses Depart McCormick Place at 4p.m. for return trips to Rockford and Elk Grove Village facilities

Hurry, space is limited!  Register Now »

2016 Walk and Roll Chicago Online Silent Auction

The 2016 Walk and Roll Chicago Online Silent Auction is LIVE!

American Cancer SocietyThe Walk & Roll Auction has been created by generous event partner, the Chicago Electrical Industry (CEI), with major support from BP and other partners including Steiner Electric. The Auction is open to all and the funds raised directly support the mission of the American Cancer Society and have been generously donated.

Visit the Walk & Roll auction site to see all of the great items up for auction.

According to the American Cancer Society, approximately 1.7 million new cancer cases are expected to be diagnosed in the United States this year. Every dollar raised makes a life-saving difference and helps to create a world with less cancer and more birthdays.

500 Lives Saved Every Day

The Auction is easy to use and open to all! Simply…

Register via your mobile phone (by text) for the auction today!

  • Text the keyword, walkroll2016, to the number 24700
  • Reply with your full name to the message from the GiveSmart system
  • Click the blue link in your welcome message to open your mobile browser
  • Start browsing and bidding on silent auction items

Don’t want to register via your mobile phone? You can view items online by visiting the Auction website. You may click the “Register for Auction” link on the website, and you’ll receive a welcome email with a link that will allow you to bid online only.

Hurry!  You can preview and bid on your favorite items until 8PM CST on Tuesday, April 26.

Learn More

American Cancer Society Walk and Roll Chicago 2016

Walk and Roll Chicago 2016

Join the American Cancer Society, Chicago Electrical Industry (CEI), and Steiner Electric on Saturday, April 23, 2016 for Walk & Roll Chicago at Soldier Field.

Many Events, One Goal

American Cancer Society's Walk and Roll ChicagoWhether you walk, roll, run or stroll, the American Cancer Society’s Walk & Roll® brings people together to walk 5K, run 5K, bike 15K or skate 10K along the Lakeshore path each April. Walk & Roll is a family friendly fundraising event that brings our community together in the fight against cancer.

Come together with thousands of walkers, runners, skaters, cyclists and volunteers to honor cancer survivors, raise awareness about reducing cancer risk, and raise money to support the lifesaving services of the American Cancer Society.

Sign up to participate at Walk & Roll Chicago today and help us save lives and create more birthdays in the process!

Want some company?  You can walk along with us by joining the Steiner Team.  Our team is committed to helping the American Cancer Society raise awareness about what we can do, together, to help end this disease.  Our mission is clear – keep fighting for the day when no one hears the words “you have cancer.”

To learn more about the event, registration, volunteering, donating, sponsorship opportunities, fundraising tips, and more visit the official Walk & Roll Chicago website.

  • Date:
    • Saturday, April, 23, 2016
  • Time:
    • 8:30am – Registration / Event Site Opens
    • 10:00am – Routes Open
  • Registration:
    • The registration fee per participant is $15 and will be credited toward the fundraising goal.
      • Cancer survivors register for free!
      • Registration for kids 17 and under is free, too!

Register Now

Participants are welcome to bring signs and posters to carry on the routes. Many will picnic and enjoy the entertainment around Soldier Field before and after the event.  Participants are welcome to bring charcoal grills, athletic equipment, games, etc. and to join in with others celebrating their efforts in the fight against cancer.

Attend the 2016 ChicaGO Safety and Sustainability Conference

Chicago Safety and Sustainability Conference

The Electric Association will once again be presenting the annual ChicaGO Safety & Sustainability Conference on Thursday, January 21st, 2016 at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont, IL.

This year’s conference features a great line-up of educational programs that will be of interest to all segments of the electrical and construction industries. Inspectors, planners, architects, contractors, engineers, and members of the construction community will get a sneak peek at the major changes coming to the 2017 National Electrical Code. Attendees will have many different tracks of seminars to choose from throughout the day, spanning an array of topics including: OSHA regulations and managing your company’s safety plan, how to sell an energy efficient project, implementing renewable energies into your construction projects, the future of lighting technology, the Government’s sustainability plans, and much more.

550+ Attendees are expected to attend in 2016!

Who Should AttendRaffle Grand Prize of $10,000

  • Building owners
  • Facility Managers
  • Electrical contractors, electricians, installers, project managers
  • Architects, engineers, specifiers, designers
  • Electrical and building inspectors
  • Safety Managers and Professionals
  • HVAC and Mechanical contractors
  • Public sector planners: municipalities, schools, hospitals
  • Energy professionals, consultants, utilities
  • Industrial maintenance supervisors & personnel

Conference Details

  • Date:
    • Thursday, January 21, 2016
  • Time:
    • Workshops – 8am to 4pm
    • Tradeshow – 11am to 6pm
    • Networking Reception – 4pm to 6pm
  • Location:
    • Donald E. Stephens Convention Center
    • 5555 North River Road, Rosemont, IL 60018

Register Now for Chicago Safety and Sustainability Conference

Join Steiner Electric, the Electric Association, and partnering organizations at Chicagoland’s largest electrical construction conference of the year!

The Skyscraper as a Small Town

Chicago_SkylineSeptember 3rd is Skyscraper Day, a date chosen in honor of Louis H. Sullivan, who is considered the father of skyscrapers. The first skyscraper was built in Chicago in 1885. It was a metal framed structure that reached a dizzying 10 stories into the sky. This was a time when most structures still relied on stone support and they worried that a human’s face would peel off if a train reached 60mph. Some continue to define a skyscraper as any building that reaches 10 stories, though most reserve the term for buildings that are at least 100 stories. Continue reading “The Skyscraper as a Small Town”

Putting the “W” in a Cubs Win!

It was a delightful spring day in Chicago. Sparse clouds floated within an otherwise clear sky, April blossoms brightened the lanes, and the windy city’s famous winds were little more than an insistent breeze. But all was not well in the City by the Lake. The Cubs were hosting a three game series against the Cincinnati Reds, and although they had been doing great on the field throughout the young season, they were taking a beating in the press.

Plans to renovate Wrigley Field had faced several roadblocks. Proposals were met with skepticism by a public protective of the stadium’s legacy. What’s more, the number and placement of new media screens suggested in the plans threatened Wrigley Field’s ability to seek historic landmark designation. Add to that a lawsuit by neighboring rooftop owners claiming the renovations would harm their property values, and the organization was facing a public relations nightmare.

What better way for the Cubs to foster goodwill than to incorporate a longstanding tradition into the renovations?

Since the 1930’s, the Cubs have flown “W” and “L” flags over Wrigley Field, lit up by various color schemes at night, to let the public know the outcome of the most recent game. Lighting up the sponsor’s “W” atop the giant new left-field video board would be a great way to modernize the tradition, while also thanking the fans for their patience with the construction.

Cubs_Win_flagIt was a fine idea, and with the neighbor’s lawsuit dropped and the plans adjusted to retain contention for historical designation, the timing was perfect for this symbolic move. There was only one problem: it was late afternoon, the final game of the series with Cincinnati was the next day, and their contractor wasn’t going to be able to get it done in time.

That’s when our colleagues at Kelso-Burnett called in Steiner Electric to help. We got the call at 4:30pm and we sent a team from our Automation Products Group the next day, ready to get the job done. When they arrived, they programmed the “W” to light up independent of the rest of the letters in the sponsor’s name, installed a LOGO programmable relay linked to the press box, and did the final testing early that evening as the teams warmed up on the field.

And what a huge game against the Reds to get the “W”! In extra innings, the Cubbies roared back to beat the Reds and the “W” lit up for the first time in the season, shining brightly for all to see; a win-win for all the fans, Kelso-Burnett and for Steiner!

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