Kinzler Corporation History

Rooted in Relationship Building

More than 40 years of history solving problems for our customers.

Our history begins when Kevin Kinzler started Kinzler Corporation in 1984, hanging drywall was a healthy side business for his hours between full-time fire-fighting shifts. During its first fifteen years, the company grew steadily, soon expanding from the Kinzlers’ home garage in Ames, Iowa to its own 10,000-square-foot facility.

“During those early years, my parents were able to invest everything right back into the company,” says President and CEO Tanner Kinzler.

Work was steady, and the company built a reputation for doing the job right and being problem-solvers for their customers.

“Our first expansion was a direct result of that problem-solver approach,” says Kinzler. “My mom got a call one day from a company building several hog barns. His hog delivery was scheduled, and the insulation contractor had cancelled on him. We said we’d figure out a way to solve the problem – and just like that, we were in the insulation business.”

Calling in family, friends, and then-8-year-old son Tanner, they completed the project and found a new market, along with more opportunities to diversify their services. Kevin Kinzler’s side business had become a full-time career.

Since then, the company’s growth has been more intentional – but just as rooted in problem-solving and partnerships. Today, Kinzler Corporation is a family of companies providing installation, repair, service, and distribution of products and materials for residential and commercial construction.  The long game has brought Kinzler Corporation far from the family garage, but it’s kept close to the values on which it was built.

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Kinzler Corporation History


Humble Beginnings

Kevin & Yvonne Kinzler founded Kinzler Construction Services in Ames, IA. Operating out of their garage, Kevin worked as a subcontractor hanging drywall while maintaining a full-time job as a professional firefighter.

Kevin Kinzler at his garage


Kinzler Begins Installing Insulation

One day in 1988, a customer calls with a huge problem. With hogs en route and the Iowa winter coming fast, the customer’s insulation contractor stood him up. He called Kevin for a solution. First, Kevin agreed to do everything he possibly could to solve the customer’s problem. Next, he employed every friend, coworker, and family member possible (including 8 year-old son Tanner) and Kinzler was in the insulation business.

First Kinzler truck


First Business Expansion

The Kinzler’s moved their business out of their garage and into a 10,000 sq. ft. building on the west side of Ames.

Kinzler 1995 building


Retail Equipment Programs Begin

Kinzler opened its Retail Equipment Programs repair shop, servicing contractor-grade installation equipment rented out from home improvement stores across the United States and Canada.

Employee repairing a blower


Drywall Distribution

Kevin & Yvonne opened a drywall supply company called Ames Construction Supply, Inc. (ACS) with two other partners. The Kinzler’s later bought out the other partners and merged ACS into Kinzler Construction Services in 2005.

KCS Employees


Kinzler Invents & Patents High-R

Kevin Kinzler invented and patented a metal building ceiling insulation system called “High-R”.  The system continues to be marketed world-wide.

Kinzler Construction and High R


Kinzler Begins Installing Spray Foam

Kinzler Construction Services entered the Spray Foam market. Kinzler grew its market share in this area in 2008 by making its very first acquisitions, purchasing the assets of Prairie Foam Insulation and Ceilley Insulation.

Spray Foam


Insulating Texas Since 1942

Kinzler Construction Services’ roots in Texas go back to the early 1940’s. Our local insulation experts based in Tyler are all employee-owners of the company. Today, our business has grown but we’re still local. Still family. Still serving the communities we love in east Texas.

Watch this short video to hear about the leadership, tragedy and compassion that’s all part of our company’s history in Texas.


Rapid Expansion & Tanner Kinzler Named President & CEO

Celebrating its 30th year in business, Kinzler Construction Services operated branch locations in Iowa, Texas, Minnesota and North Dakota with nearly 200 employees. Tanner Kinzler, Kevin & Yvonne’s son, completed his first year as President & CEO. The company adopts the Entrepreneurial Operating System.

Kevin and Tanner Kinzler


Branch Support Headquarters Opens in Ankeny, IA

Kinzler Construction Services opened its new branch support headquarters in Ankeny, IA and launches a new branch location in Denver, CO. The company is a leading installer of insulation products, gypsum concrete, fireproofing & air barrier. Kinzler also distributes a full line of construction materials, including drywall, steel, acoustical ceiling tile & EIFS.

Kinzler Construction Services


Kinzler Celebrates 1 Million Safe Man-Hours & Named a Top Workplace

Kinzler Construction Services employees worked one million safe man-hours and went more than two years without a loss time injury at any of Kinzler’s six branch locations. Shortly after, Kinzler was named a 2017 Top Workplace based solely on responses to a survey of Kinzler Construction Services employees administered by WorkplaceDynamics, LLC, a leading research firm that specializes in organizational health and workplace improvement.

1 Million Safe Man Hours


Kinzler Becomes an Employee-Owned Company

Kinzler Construction Services announced its Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP) – making all of our team members owners in the company! As employee-owners, we know that the actions we take every day impacts the success of the company. Our ESOP helps us to attract and retain talented people, plus gives us the opportunity to reward our employees for their commitment and hard work with quarterly profit-sharing bonuses and a robust retirement plan.

Kinzler Corporation Denver, Colorado


WD Door Merger Adds New Products & Services

Kinzler Construction Services announced its acquisition of WD Door, Iowa’s leading overhead door and operator company. WD Door services and repairs residential and commercial garage doors in Des Moines, Cedar Rapids, Iowa City, Ames, Waterloo and across the state of Iowa. No matter your garage door need, WD Door has you covered.

Spring Replacement
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