NFPA Releases Natural Disaster Electrical Equipment Checklist

When Natural Disasters Strike, Should Damaged Electrical Systems be Repaired or Replaced?

Electrical systems in the midwest can be damaged by numerous natural disasters including floods, lightning, hail, ice, snow, high winds and tornadoes. Significant damage from severe weather is expected to occur at least once a year. Electricians must answer the critical question of whether or not to repair or replace electrical equipment as a result.

Use NFPA’s helpful “Natural Disaster Electrical Equipment Checklist” to guide your assessment. The checklist is provided by NFPA, and refers to recommendations in Chapter 32 of the 2019 edition of NFPA 70B, Recommended Practice for Electrical Equipment Maintenance.

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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!

The Purple Winged Warriors’ Story

It has affected us all in different ways, but we will NOT go quietly into the good night…If you think about people in your life, odds are, you know someone who has Alzheimer’s or is affected by Alzheimer’s. It should make you mad, too! There is no cure yet and funding is low – we need to make our voices heard, not only when signing petitions, but by letting families and caregivers know they are not alone. 

Even if you can only give a little, you’re letting another family know that you’re on their side and they’re worth fighting for – memories matter, people matter, family matters, caregivers matter – cures matter!

If you weren’t able to make it to the fundraiser and would still like to contribute, please CLICK HERE to donate.

All donations go directly to the Alzheimer’s Association to help raise awareness for this disease, raise funds for a cure, and support caregivers and families taking care of loved ones who are battling this disease. 

#EndAlz

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. Although Danczyk was feeling a bit under the weather, he provided us with an amazing chainsaw performance from start to finish. He later applied paint to the carving at his home workshop to complete the sculpture.

View this spectacular time lapse video of the chainsaw carving starting from a 6-foot tall piece of solid wood to a finely detailed work of art.

It was a privilege to have Danczyk demonstrate a chainsaw carving for our guests to enjoy.

Here’s the finished sculpture pictured from different angles. Just amazing detail all done with a chainsaw by a truly gifted artist.

See more carvings from Danczyk Woodcraft here.

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.

Even after experiencing horrendous torture and imprisonment her message was: “Have Faith, Fantasy, Drive and Believe that tomorrow will be better. Next to health, the next best thing is freedom, and think before you hate.”

Reflections from Some Who Attended

Thank you so much for yesterday!  Magda Brown is an incredible, strong person and I consider a hero to mankind.  This was an honor to listen to her yesterday and both Jamie and I just want to thank you and your family for allowing us that time to listen to her story!

Thanks, Tom Zapp


Thank you again for allowing us to participate in the Magda Brown presentation.  Magda really is a living lesson in poise and grace.  Kaelin and I both left on Saturday in a completely different mindset than when we walked in.  I have overheard Kae talking to her friends about the experience all weekend.  She was really moved by what she heard and in speaking to Ms. Brown after the event.

Again, we are very thankful to have been able to come and participate in something we feel is so important.

Dawn Thomas


I wanted to thank you for having Magda as a speaker on Saturday.  I have been thinking about it ever since.  What a strong wonderful woman.  She didn’t show any bitterness which amazed me.  I would be bitter forever.

Thanks again, Bernie Eadon


I wanted to thank you for the opportunity to listen to Magda’s story this past Saturday. Being part of the “last generation” that can listen to and learn from these stories directly from someone who survived the Holocaust, was an incredible experience. The way Magda described her adolescence pre WW2, the Holocaust, and the events that led her to be enslaved at Auschwitz and then transported somewhere in East Germany assembling poisonous gas was remarkable. The vividness in which Magda described the selection process and how she was separated from her mother, was sad, and heartbreaking. Simple pleasures were gone, like a shower, toiletries, shoes, clothes, and basic human decency. The precision in which the Germans conducted the work labor camps, was shocking and disturbing. Yet, throughout all these horrors and atrocities and being poisoned, Magda never lost her faith and her desire to keep dreaming and fighting. The manner in which Magda speaks and keeps her composure is elegant and joyful, to say the least. I also enjoyed her ending and reminding “the last generation” it is our responsibility to stand up to the bullies and make them our friends and to understand their point of view. They may have a broken home, or their own shortcomings, and may have been taught to show intolerance to different viewpoints and cultures.  Magda reminded us nothing is black and white, except for what is right and wrong. There are good people and bad people in this world, but there are always more good people than bad. A key takeaway from Magda’s story was “Next to your health, freedom is just as important”.  This mantra resonates loud and clear, especially when paired with the poem Magda shared with the audience. We must not allow history to repeat itself and we do this by sharing Magda’s story with our friends and family.

Sincerely, Elmer Jovel

$200 Off Installation of Kohler Home Generators

Severe weather is the single leading cause of power outages in the United States. Protect your home with a Kohler standby generator and realize great savings on installation and receive free Kohler products with qualifying purchase.

From June 21 to Sept. 30, 2018, Steiner is offering more than $500 worth of incentives on Kohler generator models ranging in power from 8kW to 60kW. When purchasing from a participating, authorized dealer, homeowners will receive $200 off installation, a free OnCue Plus Generator Management System ($245 value), and a free maintenance kit ($70 value).

Reliable Power from Kohler

High winds, especially when combined with rain from thunder storms, can damage electricity utility systems, resulting in service interruptions for large numbers of electrical customers. That means no power for air conditioners, refrigerators, or ability to recharge laptops or smartphones or other personal electronic devices.

Kohler has a fast, safe and affordable solution. If power goes out, you can count to 10, and Kohler’s standby generators will have recognized the loss of power and automatically switched to generator power.

The generators start and stop automatically with the aid of automatic transfer switches (ATS) that monitor electric output from the utility. If the power goes out, the ATS will switch to generator power in as little as 10 seconds to keep the AC, furnace, sump pump, refrigerator or other home appliances up and running.

Kohler generators feature enhanced starting power, which is a critical feature. A large appliance, such as an AC, requires as much as 3 times the amount of power to start the appliance as compared to the power needed to keep the appliance running.

Kohler’s 14/20kW Resa models, for instance, which feature Kohler’s Power Boost Technology, can start large loads such as a 5-ton central AC without dropping power to other appliances.

Kohler generators maintain outstanding power quality even in a home where power demands are fluctuating. Voltage regulation is critical because if the voltage is too high it can damage sensitive electronics such as the circuit boards on new appliances, LED TVs, computers and other technology. Conversely, when voltage is too low, it can affect motor performance on HVAC/R systems and shorten the life of the motor.

Managing your Generator

The OnCue® Plus Generator Management System and App gives you peace of mind in the palm of your hand. With OnCue, you can get real-time status updates on your KOHLER generator from an iPhone®, iPad®, Android™ device, PC or Mac®. You can receive instant generator updates via text or email.

When OnCue is paired with a Programmable Interface Module, users have automatic, off-site control to activate critical items such as security systems.

Get more information on how you can save $200 on installation of a new Kohler home generator or receive a free estimate.

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.

KOHLER Tops in Live Load Tests

Sometimes, the time comes when you need to put your money where your mouth is. Steiner Electric did just that when it matched a 20kw Kohler generator that it distributes against a higher kilowatt-rated competitor’s generator in a head-to-head, Live Load Test.

The Kohler generator came out on top in this live test performed in front of several residential Kohler Dealers at recent Annual Power Systems Kohler Dealer Conference.

The Kohler 20RESD generator uses the PowerBoost feature that improves power quality for everything from small components to large appliances.

To make this a fair test, the two generators were subjected to the same parameters. Both generators were hooked up to the same gas supply line and pressure. Both generators ran at 240 V and 60hz, and both generators had the same block load applied of 70 A per phase.

The result of the comparative test showed that the Kohler generator outperformed the competitor’s model. This despite the competitor being rated at 22kw for propane and 19.5kw for natural gas, while the Kohler model was rated at 20kw LP and 18kw NG.

Here are results of the Live Load Test when applying a block load of 70 A per phase to each generator using natural gas:

Kohler 20RESD:

  • Voltage dipped to 221.5V
  • Frequency dipped to 58.2hz


Competitor’s 22kw:

  • Voltage dipped to 202.1V
  • Frequency dipped to 54.87hz

The Kohler generator also had superior results during recovery when removing the load:

Kohler 20RESD:

  • Voltage overshoot 245.5V
  • Frequency overshoot 62.19hz

Competitor’s 22kw:

  • Voltage overshoot 251.0V
  • Frequency overshoot 63.76hz

An average house supplies 120/240V and 60.0hz. House lights, refrigerators and washing machines run at 120 V and 60hz. Air conditioners, electric dryers, electric stoves, and well pumps ideally run at 240 V and 60.0hz. So, the closer the voltages are kept to the 120/240V and 60hz, the longer appliances will last.

When selecting a generator, you must calculate the essential wattage requirements you wish to use during an emergency utility outage. Your total wattage requirements will determine which Kohler residential generator set system will best fit your needs. In doing so you also need to carefully review inductive and resistive loads of all your appliances. Most appliances require more current to start (inductive loads) than to run (resistive loads) therefore when large appliances cycle on and off, they can create a surge in demand for power.

Kohler home generators provide better voltage and frequency regulation along with ultra-low levels of harmonic distortion for excellent generator power quality to protect your valuable electronic due to the use of the PowerBoost ʳ Technology. This feature helps reduce the strain caused by these load surges.

Kohler generators maintain outstanding power quality even in a home where power demands are fluctuating. Voltage regulation is critical because if the voltage is too high it can damage sensitive electronics such as the circuit boards on new appliances, LED TVs, computers and other technology. Conversely, when voltage is too low, it can affect motor performance on HVAC/R systems and shorten the life of the motor.

Steiner service tech Garth Rossmiller explains to dealers how efficiently the Kohler generator works.

In addition, frequency will affect motor performances and reduce efficiencies if the frequency does not match the motor’s frequency design specifications.

The Kohler 20RESD, the generator used in the Live Load test, features the company’s patented PowerBoost technology that allows the stator winding to accommodate peak motor starting demand and prevent overloading conditions.

Kohler generators handle those spikes in power without dropping power to other devices operating in the house.

For more information, please contact your Steiner Power Systems application specialist or call (847) 956-3098 for more information.

 

LIGHTFAIR Connects with Chicago

“Leading the way to a connected future” was a theme for this year’s LIGHTFAIR International, a show in which industry leaders showcased a variety of connectivity, ease of use, and future proof concepts.

Technologies ranged from smart, turnkey lighting systems to lamps with improved AC/DC converters to reduce flickering. Wireless technology was omnipresent with many companies staking their technologies to Bluetooth and Zigbee mesh network protocols. LiFi, the high speed bi-directional protocol that comprises multiple LEDs that form a wireless network was also seen at the show.

More than 25,000 visitors attended LIGHTFAIR 2018 in Chicago.

Other booths, filled with improved connectors, relays, filters and cabling abutted those with low powered, plug-and-play devices, more efficient control modules, ballasts and drivers, and myriad other technologies. Even the most disparate product, seemingly, played a role in furthering the connectivity and ease-of-use concept at this annual event held this year on the shores of Lake Michigan.

Back to Chicago

LIGHTFAIR, the annual architectural and commercial lighting trade show and conference, sponsored by the Illuminating Engineering Society and the International Association of Lighting Designers, ran for a total of 5 days at Chicago’s McCormick Place.

Held in Chicago for the first time since 1995, the event drew more than 25,000 attendees. A two-day, pre-show conference held May 6-7 led off the show, followed by three days of exhibits and more conferences.

Amid that throng was a group of more than 100 Steiner customers who caravanned to the show from Steiner’s new Lighting Technology Center (LTC) in Chicago. The group came on buses that originated from Steiner’s Elk Grove and Rockford facilities. The group stopped to breakfast and tour the LTC, and then head to the LIGHTFAIR show with the lighting experts from Steiner.

Steiner distributes lighting and lighting control products from several of the companies who were exhibiting at LIGHTFAIR. Here are a few of those companies:

Steiner Suppliers at 2018 Lightfair (sampling of vendors)
Acuity Brands
* Juno Lighting, Inc.
* Lithonia
Eaton
* Cooper Lighting
Hubbell Lighting
Leviton
Lutron
Philips
RAB

To learn more about the constantly changing array of lighting options or make an appointment to view the new Lighting Technology Center, contact (800) STEINER (783-4637).

A Gamut of Applications

While LED technology was ubiquitous, of course, what was most telling was not the amount of LEDs on display, but its breadth of use. Indoors to outdoor. From glamorous booths showing refined interiors and exteriors to artistic, futuristic booths of many colors and design shapes, companies from around the world found ways to showcase LED technology. Robust LED technology helped display smart city street lighting to horticultural lighting solutions.

Most of the industry’s leading companies exhibited at the show, including many whose products are distributed by Steiner’s lighting division, and showcased wireless management systems facilitated by LED technology and augmented by sensor technologies.

Traditionally, individual rooms feature separate, individual control systems. A thermostat on the wall takes care of comfort controls; light switches or dimmers control lighting; and shades may have another type of controller, or, equally possible, a pull cord.

Whether for new construction, retrofits or multi-phase construction projects, these wireless light management systems are meant to simplify the installation, setup and management of lighting systems and also will reduce energy usage from lighting by as much as 50-75 percent.

Lutron Vive wireless management system.

The systems, showcased by a variety of company’s such as Acuity Brands (nLight AIR), Lutron (Vive), Philips (Hue), Eaton (WaveLinx), and more, utilize user-friendly interfaces, set-it-and-forget it control options, and a variety of sensors ranging from occupancy, temperature, quantity and quality of light, etc. .  Each technology easily accessible from any smartphone, web browser or similar device.

Acuity Brands’ nLight Air.

The total room automation wireless devices, which are compliant to  multiple municipal building codes such as ASHRAE 90.1-2016 and Title 24-2016, combined everything from HVAC, lighting and shade control systems to additional building automation devices such as for security and fire awareness into a single platform with a simplified user interface.

These devices are, for a large degree, scalable. This allows contractors, facility managers and others to utilize the technology at their own pace and integrate the technologies use as desired. They can grow from single rooms to whole floors and to entire buildings and campuses. They can turn simple structures into smart buildings with IoT capabilities.

As one company put it, these connected lighting solutions are designed with intelligent power to enhance everyday life; from personalizing smart home solutions that cater to homeowners’ lifestyle needs, to empowering city leaders to improve the safety and quality of life in their communities, and streamlining facilities management and operations for businesses worldwide.

Innovation Awards

Preceding and setting the stage for the trade-show opening was the announcement of the winners of the prestigious LFI Innovation Awards.  These awards highlight the industry’s most innovative products and designs introduced during the last 12 months.

The 2018 LFI Innovation Awards drew 238 entries spanning 14 categories, with each submission judged by an independent panel of lighting professionals. Winning entries exemplified the best in innovative design and thinking.

Richard Wyton of Steiner Electric, a judge at this year’s LIGHTFAIR International, presents LFI Innovation Judges Citation Award to Randy Reid of Resilient, Lumefficient

One of the 7 judges from the IES and the IALD was Richard Wyton, a well-known, corporate lighting consultant with Steiner Electric. Wyton said that each product was scrupulously examined and the vast number of entries were whittled down to 14 entrants and finally down to 1 overall winner and a total of 18 winners in various categories. 

The all-star panel of judges honored a broad range of technologies. Several of the awards went to companies whose products are distributed by Steiner.
For instance, multiple innovative LED lighting solutions from Acuity Brands earned top recognition. Winning lighting solutions from Acuity Brands included:

  • Juno FlexConnect(TM) luminaires won both the competition`s overall
    Acuity Brands Juno FlexConnect won a Design Excellence Award.

    Design Excellence Award and its Best of Category award in the Dynamic Color, Theatrical, Cover, Strips and Tape category. FlexConnect luminaires incorporate the industry’s smallest and most configurable linear optic system, and are ideal for wall grazing, wall washing, and other architectural lighting applications.

  • CHISEL family of luminaires from Mark Architectural Lighting(TM) won Best of Category in the Commercial Indoor Luminaires category. CHISEL indirect, recessed luminaires present soft luminous gradients and textures that can bring depth and character to any design.
  • Quantum® ELM2LF Fixed Optics emergency luminaires from Lithonia Lighting® won Best of Category in the Industrial, Vandal Emergency and Exit category. The Quantum ELM2LF emergency luminaires combine the latest LED and optical technologies to deliver an easy to install wall-mount design featuring fixed optics. This design requires no contractor aiming, yet provides uniform distributions.
  • IOTA Engineering, recently acquired by Acuity Brands, won Best of Category in the Ballasts and Drivers category for its Power-over-Ethernet (PoE) emergency lighting LED battery pack.

“This year`s recognition from the LFI Innovation Awards reflects our commitment to continuous innovation in the lighting space,” said Acuity Brands Lighting Senior Vice President, Sarah Golish.  “Winning multiple Best of Category awards and the Design Excellence award further underscores our commitment to offering our customers great lighting solutions that blend quality of lighting and performance.”

Philips Lighting

Another Steiner supplier to win an LFI award was Philips Lighting, which utilized its LED expertise to win the category of Parking, Roadway and Area Luminaires.

Philips’ Gardco PureForm LED site and area luminaires family won an LFI award for Best in Category in the Parking, Roadway and Area Luminaires category.

Philips’ winning entry, the Gardco PureForm luminaire, available to view at the Steiner Lighting Technology Center, combines LED performance and advanced LED thermal management technology with a distinct purity of style to provide outdoor area lighting that is both energy efficient and aesthetically pleasing. The family of products includes a bollard, post top, wall sconces and medium and large area luminaires. The entire family can be integrated with a range of control options to easily connect your entire site.

Technology Never Stops

The 2019 LIGHTFAIR International is scheduled for May 19 – 23, 2019, at the Pennsylvania Convention Center, Philadelphia.

You don’t have to wait until next year, however. You can tap into the lighting expertise of Steiner. For further information, and to speak with an experienced Steiner lighting and controls application engineer, please call 1-800-STEINER (783-4637).

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.