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.

WHK WORLD HEADQUARTERS RENOVATION

WHO SAID CHANGE WAS BAD?! THEY OBVIOUSLY DID NOT COME TO SEE OUR NEWLY RENOVATED OFFICE! 

BEING A THIRD GENERATION BUSINESS COMES WITH MANY AMAZING PERKS, BUT THERE CAN BE SOME CHALLENGES. FOR EXAMPLE, INHERITING THREE GENERATIONS WORTH OF DUST AND OFFICE FURNISHINGS. THAT'S NOT EVEN GETTING INTO THE DECOR, WHICH ELLIE HAS BEEN KNOWN TO DESCRIBE AS "CONSTRUCTION TRAILER CHIC FAUX WOOD PANELING". 

AS WE'VE BEEN BUSY ESTABLISHING OURSELVES OVER THE PAST FEW YEARS, RENOVATING OUR OFFICE WAS JUST LOW ENOUGH ON THE "TO-DO" LIST TO SKATE BY. BUT, LET'S JUST SAY, NO MATTER WHAT, YOU HAVE TO RENOVATE YOUR OFFICE EVERY THIRTY YEARS.  

PICS OF OUR NEW DIGS WILL BE UP SOON BUT IN THE MEAN TIME CHECK OUT OUR MUSEUM WORTHY COLLECTION OF FOUND ITEMS. SWING BY THE NEXT TIME YOU'RE IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD TO CATCH UP AND SEE THE TRANSFORMATION FOR YOURSELF!  

FOR THOSE OF YOU UNDER THE AGE OF 50 THAT MIGHT NOT KNOW WHAT YOU'RE LOOKING AT... NUMBERS 1 & 2 ARE "MEMORY DIALERS" - CUTTING EDGE TECHNOLOGY OF THE 1980s THAT MADE SPEED DIALING A POSSIBILITY. ONE BOASTS A MEMORY OF 104 NUMBERS AND THE OTHER SAVES 33 NUMBERS. YOU MEAN TO TELL ME THAT ERIC ONCE HAD 137 FRIENDS?! WE'RE NOT BUYING IT EITHER. THAT BEING SAID, NUMBER 3 WAS AN OLD FASHIONED ROLODEX (OF WHICH THERE ARE ACTUALLY 4 IN THE OFFICE) WHICH IS USUALLY JUST SPOKEN OF IN METAPHORS THESE DAYS. NOT A BAD IDEA FOR STORING ALL OF THOSE BUSINESS CARDS THOUGH... AND NUMBERS 4 & 5 ARE THE OLDEST DOCUMENTS FOUND IN THE CURRENT SWEEP DATED 1991 AND 1993. THESE ARTIFACTS SUGGEST THAT THE LAST MAJOR OFFICE OVERHAUL WAS APPROXIMATELY 25 YEARS AGO. THE JOYS OF MULTIGENERATIONAL BUSINESSES! THINK WE CAN STILL EXPENSE THEM?  

FOR THOSE OF YOU UNDER THE AGE OF 50 THAT MIGHT NOT KNOW WHAT YOU'RE LOOKING AT...

NUMBERS 1 & 2 ARE "MEMORY DIALERS" - CUTTING EDGE TECHNOLOGY OF THE 1980s THAT MADE SPEED DIALING A POSSIBILITY. ONE BOASTS A MEMORY OF 104 NUMBERS AND THE OTHER SAVES 33 NUMBERS. YOU MEAN TO TELL ME THAT ERIC ONCE HAD 137 FRIENDS?! WE'RE NOT BUYING IT EITHER.

THAT BEING SAID, NUMBER 3 WAS AN OLD FASHIONED ROLODEX (OF WHICH THERE ARE ACTUALLY 4 IN THE OFFICE) WHICH IS USUALLY JUST SPOKEN OF IN METAPHORS THESE DAYS. NOT A BAD IDEA FOR STORING ALL OF THOSE BUSINESS CARDS THOUGH...

AND NUMBERS 4 & 5 ARE THE OLDEST DOCUMENTS FOUND IN THE CURRENT SWEEP DATED 1991 AND 1993. THESE ARTIFACTS SUGGEST THAT THE LAST MAJOR OFFICE OVERHAUL WAS APPROXIMATELY 25 YEARS AGO. THE JOYS OF MULTIGENERATIONAL BUSINESSES! THINK WE CAN STILL EXPENSE THEM?

 

IN MOST OFFICES IT WOULD BE INAPPROPRIATE TO HAVE BABY PICTURES OF THE BOSSES HANGING AROUND. BUT, THEN AGAIN, WE'RE NOT JUST ANY CORPORATION. ELLIE ON IS ON THE LEFT WITH THE O.G. OFFICE DOG, YUPPIE, AND DIRK IS ON THE RIGHT DIGGING A HOLE. NEVER HAS BUSINESS MANAGEMENT BEEN SO CUTE.

TOM PETRO'S RETIREMENT

WE ALL KNEW IT WAS COMING. HE'S BEEN TALKING ABOUT IT FOR A COUPLE OF YEARS. BUT TOM PETRO'S RETIREMENT SOMEHOW STILL SNUCK UP ON US. 

LAST MONTH, AFTER OVER THIRTY YEARS WITH THE COMPANY, TOM AND MAXINE PETRO PACKED UP THEIR LIVES, INCLUDING CAPTAIN THE OFFICE DOG, AND HEADED SOUTH. 

VIRTUALLY EVERYONE WHO HAS WORKED WITH TOM OVER THE PAST DECADES HAS COME TO KNOW AND LOVE HIS CORNY JOKES AND GENUINE INTEREST IN WORKING WITH OTHERS AND PROBLEM SOLVING. THERE'S ALSO NO DENYING THAT HE WAS SOMETHING OF A NATURAL "DOOR WHISPERER," FIXING THINGS THAT MOST PEOPLE WOULD'VE GIVEN UP ON. IF YOU WERE LUCKY ENOUGH TO HAVE BEEN IN THE PAUL'S PASTA LUNCH CLUB OR THE LUCKY MOJO HARD HAT STICKER CLUB, YOU'RE LIKELY TO BE MISSING TOM THE MOST. 

THERE IS NO WAY TO SUMMARIZE TOM'S AMAZING PERSONALITY AND TALENTS IN A BLOG POST, BUT SINCE WE HAVE TO, WE JUST WANT TO SAY : THANK YOU. THANK YOU FOR BEING PART OF A TEAM THAT BUILT SUCH AN AMAZING COMPANY THAT REFLECTS THE BELIEFS OF OUR FAMILY. 

BEFORE YOU START SOBBING EVERYONE, KEEP IN MIND THAT WHILE TOM MAY HAVE MOVED AND TAKEN A STEP BACK FROM THE BUSINESS, HE'S STILL INVOLVED IN OUR OPERATIONS. THAT'S RIGHT, TOM WILL CONTINUE TO WORK AS A DRAFTER FOR OUR ADVANCED TEKLA DRAWINGS, AND SERVES AS A CONSULTANT FOR OUR ACCESS CONTROL WORK. 

AS WHK CONTINUES TO GROW, WE CERTAINLY RECOGNIZE THE BIG SHOES WE HAVE TO FILL, BUT ALSO KNOW THAT THE FOUNDATION SET BY WOLF, ERIC AND TOM WILL LET US BUILD WELL INTO THE FUTURE.