METALWORKING ON BOTH SIDES OF THE FAMILY TREE

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JUST BY COMING TO OUR WEBSITE, YOU MUST KNOW THAT WE'RE MULTIGENERATION AROUND HERE AT WHK. WE'RE PRETTY PROUD OF THAT.

BUT, ONE THING YOU MIGHT NOT KNOW, IS THAT OWNERS AND OPERATORS, TWIN SIBLINGS ELLIE AND DIRK KASSNER, INHERITED METALWORK FROM BOTH SIDES OF THEIR GENETICS POOL! THEIR MOTHER, AVIS KASSNER, WAS FORMERLY AVIS WOLFING, DAUGHTER OF ALBERT WOLFING WHO OWNED HAVERSTRAW SHEET METAL. FOUNDED IN THE 192Os BY HIS GRANDFATHER EMIL, ALBERT WAS A SECOND GENERATION TIN KNOCKER. HE SPECIALIZED IN FABRICATING CUSTOM COMMERCIAL SHEET METAL APPLICATIONS INCLUDING BY NOT LIMITED TO : OSHA GUARDS, DUCT WORK BACK SPLASHES AND COPPER ROOFS. IN FACT, HE DID A LOT OF WORK WITH THE GARNERVILLE ARTS COMPLEX, WITH WHOM WE STILL WORK TODAY AS WHK!

WHILE THE COMPANY WAS DISBANDED IN THE MID 1990s AS BIG AL's HEALTH DECLINED, HIS LEGACY LIVES ON!

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WHILE THIS CLASSIC RAGTIME CLIP DOESN'T GIVE ANYONE A WARM FUZZY FEELING, WE INCLUDED IT BECAUSE THE SHOP IN THE BACKGROUND IS THE WOLFING HAVERSTRAW SHEET METAL SHOP. CHECK IT OUT : 

TAPPAN ZEE BRIDGE RIBBON CUTTING

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OVER THE PAST FEW YEARS WE'VE WATCHED AND PARTICIPATED AS THE TAPPAN ZEE BRIDGE WAS BEING BUILT. IT'S BEEN SUCH AN HONOR TO BE INVOLVED IN A PROJECT THAT WE CAN SHOW OUR FAMILIES FOR YEARS TO COME. WHAT'S MORE, IS THAT THE PROJECT IS HAPPENING ON TIME, ON BUDGET, AND MEETING SUPPLIER DIVERSITY GOALS!!! 

CHECK OUT THIS WONDERFUL ARTICLE IN THE NEW YORK TIMES ABOUT THE PROJECT. 

NYC HERE WE COME!

THERE'S NO PLACE IN THE WORLD LIKE NEW YORK CITY AND WE'RE EXCITED TO ANNOUNCE THAT WE'LL BE WORKING ON A PROJECT IN THE HEART OF IT ALL! 

EMPIRE CONSTRUCTION HAS HIRED WHK TO REPLACE THE HANDRAILS AT NONE OTHER THAN 34TH STREET, HERALD SQUARE STATION. 

IT'S ALWAYS EXCITING TO WORK WITH NEW CONTRACTORS, BUT ABSOLUTELY AMAZING TO WORK IN THE BEST CITY IN THE WORLD TO BUILD SOMETHING THAT MILLIONS OF PEOPLE WILL USE! (ALTHOUGH PROBABLY WITHOUT EVEN THINKING OF IT.) 

SUPPORTING FRIENDS & RECEIVING GIF(T)S

HANNAH HANCOCK RUBINSKY, OUR FAVORITE BARTENDER AT INDUSTRIAL ARTS BREWING COMPANY (SORRY NICK!) IS WORKING ON FILM PROJECT, SPLIT. IT'S ABOUT THE DIFFERENT LIFE PATHS A PERSON COULD TAKE. AS A CROWDFUNDING GIF(T) (SEE WHAT WE DID THERE?!), THIS WAS CREATED! WHILE IT'S NOT QUITE IRONWORK, WE THOUGHT IT WAS INTERESTING TO HIGHLIGHT THE DIFFERENT ROLES ENTREPRENEURS CAN PLAY, ALL IN THE SAME DAY!

STRATEGIC STEPS FOR GROWTH GRADUATION KEYNOTE

LAST NIGHT OUR PRESIDENT, ELLIE KASSNER, HAD THE PLEASURE OF ADDRESSING THE EIGHTH COHORT GRADUATES OF THE STRATEGIC STEPS FOR GROWTH PROGRAM RUN BY NYC SMALL BUSINESS SERVICES AND NYU. GRADUATES SUCH AS HEATHER AMAN OF AMAN ARCHITECTS, AND JENNIFER ANDREWS OF MASTERWORK PLAQUES, INC. DEDICATED THEMSELVES TO THE COURSEWORK AND ARE SO FULL OF PROMISE. CONGRATULATIONS TO THE GROUP AND BEST OF LUCK MOVING FORWARD!

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WHK DOES BURNING MAN!

YES... YOU READ THAT RIGHT! 

A TALENTED LOCAL SCULPTOR, AND OUR FRIEND, JOAN HARMON, HAS BEEN COMMISSIONED FOR A FEW TOTEM STATUES TO BE INSTALLED AT BURNING MAN! FOR THOSE NOT FAMILIAR WITH IT, BURNING MAN IS AN EPIC ANNUAL PARTY / GATHERING IN NEVADA'S BLACK ROCK DESERT, IN WHICH ATTENDEES CREATE A CULTURE AND COMMUNITY BEFORE BREAKING IT DOWN. THE STATUES, DESIGNED BY JOAN, INCLUDE BASE PLATES, WINGS, AND HEAD BY WHK. 

TO FIND OUT MORE ABOUT JOAN'S PROJECT, CHECK OUT HER INDIEGOGO CAMPAIGN PAGE

UNITED NATIONS : "LEVELING THE PAYING FIELD"

AN IRONWORKER WALKS INTO THE UNITED NATIONS... FOR REAL! 

ON MARCH 29TH, ELLIE KASSNER SAT ON A PANEL ENTITLED "LEVELING THE PAYING FIELD" ON BEHALF OF WENYC. SPONSORED BY THE COUNTRIES OF PANAMA AND DENMARK, THE PANEL SHARED THE REAL LIFE CHALLENGES AND SUCCESSES OF BEING A WOMAN ENTREPRENEUR IN TODAY'S WORLD. 

NEEDLESS TO SAY, IT WAS A TRUE HONOR AND AN AMAZING OPPORTUNITY.

ALL EVENT PHOTOS ARE AVAILABLE HERE

2017 WENYC

IN 2016, W.H. KASSNER, INC.'S PRESIDENT, ELLIE KASSNER, WAS PROUD TO PROVIDE ASSISTANCE TO FELLOW WOMEN ENTREPRENEURS THROUGH THE PILOT PROGRAM OF WENYC

WE'RE PROUD TO ANNOUNCE THAT IN 2017, ELLIE WILL CONTINUE ON WITH THE PROGRAM THAT HAS TOUCHED THE LIVES OF SO MANY WOMEN ENTREPRENEURS. AS A MENTOR, ELLIE PROVIDES OFFICE HOURS AND ATTENDS MANY WENYC EVENTS HOSTED BY NYC SMALL BUSINESS SERVICES TO MEET AND GUIDE FELLOW MWBEs. 

MOST RECENTLY, ELLIE SAT ON A PANEL DISCUSSING THE BENEFITS OF BECOMING MWBE CERTIFIED AT THE BROOKLYN HISTORICAL SOCIETY HOSTED BY THE NEW YORK CITY MAYOR'S OFFICE. AN ENRICHING CONVERSATION WAS HAD WITH FELLOW PANEL MEMBERS INCLUDED, MALENE BARNETT (MALENE B.), ELIZABETH VELEZ (VELEZ ORGANIZATION), AND JEAN KRISTENSEN (J. KRISTENSEN ASSOCIATES). 

BROOKLYN NAVY YARD

WE'VE ALL FELT THE HOLIDAY RUSH, BUT HERE AT WHK THE END OF THE YEAR GETS EXTRA CRAZY. LOTS OF OUR BEST CLIENTS REALIZE THEY HAVE EXTRA BUDGETARY FUNDS THEY'VE GOT TO USE BEFORE THE NEW YEAR. LUCKY FOR THEM, OUR COMMITMENT TO THESE PROJECTS IS CLEAR AND FOCUSED, AS THE SHOP AND THE OFFICE BUCKLE DOWN AND PERFORM. 

THE FEATURED PROJECT IS AT BROOKLYN NAVY YARD, WHERE WE DESIGNED AND INSTALLED INTRICATE PLATFORMS FOR THEIR TECHNICIANS TO SERVICE THE TURBINES. WORD ON THE STREET IS THAT MANAGEMENT AND MAINTENANCE ALIKE LOVE THE NEW SET UP! GREAT STUFF!

NEWLY FILLED "OFFICE DOG" POSITION

2016 WAS A CRAZY YEAR FOR WHK, WITH SOME MAJOR PROJECTS AND CHANGES ALONG THE WAY. ONE OF THE MOST SIGNIFICANT CHANGES WAS TOM PETRO'S LONG AWAITED RETIREMENT MOVE TO NORTH CAROLINA. BUT, AS HE LEFT, SO DID ONE OF OUR BELOVED OFFICE DOGS, CAPTAIN. WITHOUT HIM AROUND, THE OFFICE HAS MISSED HIS UNWAVERING HAPPINESS AND ORION HAS MISSED HIS PLAYMATE. 

WHILE CAPTAIN ENJOYS SOUTHERN BARBECUE THOUGH, WE'RE HAPPY TO ANNOUNCE OUR NEW 2017 ADDITION : KAFKA!

KAFKA, A STANDARD POODLE, IS ELLIE'S NEW PUP, AND A PROUD WHK MASCOT. HE'S WORKING ON TRAINING (NOT SURE WHO IS TRAINING WHO THOUGH). STOP BY IF YOU WANT TO MEET HIM!

NORTH ROCKLAND ACADEMY OF FINANCE

ELLIE AND DIRK'S FIRST INTEREST IN WHK STARTED IN HIGH SCHOOL. WHILE THEY BOTH WORKED AT THE COMPANY, ELLIE ALSO ENROLLED IN COLLEGE LEVEL BUSINESS CLASSES THROUGH NORTH ROCKLAND HIGH SCHOOL'S ACADEMY OF FINANCE. THE SEED WAS PLANTED...

SO, IT ONLY MAKES SENSE THAT WHEN NRHS' ACADEMY OF FINANCE ASKED US TO HOST A STUDENT INTERESTED IN ENTREPRENEURSHIP WE JUMPED AT THE OPPORTUNITY! LAST WEEK HIGH SCHOOL JUNIOR, PAOLA ALVEREZ, JOINED ELLIE KASSNER ON A "DAY IN THE LIFE" OF AN ENTREPRENEUR AS THEY ATTENDED AN EVENT, "OVERCOMING HURDLES" PUT ON BY TAPPAN ZEE CONSTRUCTORS, VISITED THE WHK FACILITIES AND COMPLETED A WALK THRU OF A RECENTLY COMPLETED JOB. ELLIE ALSO GAVE A PRESENTATION ON ENTREPRENEURSHIP TO THE SENIOR CLASS EARLIER IN THE WEEK.  

WE'VE MENTIONED BEFORE THAT GIVING BACK IS SOMETHING WE VALUE HERE AT WHK, BUT IT'S PARTICULARLY SWEET TO BE ABLE TO BE INVOLVED WITH ORGANIZATIONS THAT DIRECTLY HELPED OUR ORGANIZATION THRIVE.

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PTAC ACHIEVEMENT AWARD RECIPIENT 2016

ON FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 18TH, WHK PROUDLY ACCEPTED THE PTAC ACHIEVMENT AWARD AT THE CROWNE PLAZA IN SUFFERN, NEW YORK. THE WHOLE KASSNER FAMILY WAS THERE TO CELEBRATE! 

BIG THANKS TO PROCUREMENT TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE CENTER AND THE ROCKLAND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT CORPORATION FOR ALL YOU DO FOR W.H. KASSNER, INC. AND COUNTLESS OTHER ROCKLAND COUNTY SMALL BUSINESSES!

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BEAUTIFUL PARTNERSHIP

HERE AT WHK WE DON'T DO A LOT OF RESIDENTIAL WORK, BUT WHEN WE DO, WE LIKE TO WORK WITH THE BEST. AND, AS YOU CAN SEE IN THE PICTURES, J.F. ROESEMANN BUILDERS IS DEFINITELY ONE OF THE BEST. JOHN ROESEMANN HAS CARVED OUT A BEAUTIFUL NICHE WORKING IN HIGH END NYC RESIDENTIAL CONSTRUCTION, AND HE'S PASSING ON HIS KNOWLEDGE AND SKILLS TO HIS VERY CAPABLE DAUGHTER, SAMANTHA.

ON THIS PROJECT W.H. KASSNER, INC. CUSTOM FABRICATED BENT 1/4" BAR STOCK TO MATCH EXISTING WOOD GIRDER BEAM SEATS, AS SEEN IN THE PHOTO ON THE RIGHT.

WHK IS A CERTIFIED DBE

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IT IS WITH GREAT PLEASURE THAT WHK ANNOUNCES THAT WE ARE NOW A ... CERTIFIED DBE! 

FOR YEARS ELLIE KASSNER AS BEEN AT THE HELM OF THE BUSINESS MAKING THINGS HAPPEN, AND NOW WE HAVE THE CERTIFICATION REFLECTING THAT. FOR WHK, THIS MEANS OFFERING THE GENERAL CONTRACTORS AND PRIMES WE WORK WITH (AS WELL AS THOSE WHO WE HOPE TO WORK WITH IN THE FUTURE) THE VALUE ADDED SUPPLIER DIVERSITY CREDIT THEY DESERVE.  

AT WHK WE HAVE A FIRM PHILOSOPHY THAT DOING GOOD BUSINESS COMES FIRST. THE FACT THAT WE ARE A CERTIFIED WBE, AND NOW DBE, COMES SECOND. 

WE LOOK FORWARD TO WORKING ON MORE FEDERAL PROJECTS THAT PROMOTE DIVERSE WORK FORCES.