Today Marks the International Women’s Day of 2019

Cornell Roofing & Sheet Metal is celebrating the 2019 International Women’s Day (IWD), by supporting this year’s theme; “Balance for Better.” According to the day’s official website, the holiday is “a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women.” The first unofficial celebration of the day was in 1911. Beginning in 1913, the IWD has been celebrated each year on March 8th.

A Global Perspective

From its very beginnings in Copenhagen, the IWD has been, and is, a truly global event. The United Nations celebrated the IWD for the first time in 1975. The women’s movement has changed over the long history of the IWD. The globalization of media access, possibly best highlighted by the rapid growth and expansion of social media, has helped heighten the awareness of women’s issues.

A 21st Century Focus

Recognizing much has changed, both here at home and around the globe, the IWD is committed to celebrating more than a day marking the accomplishments of women. That realization is reflected in today’s focus on gender parity, an issue that impacts people in all countries regardless of gender. This focus will remain as one of the IWD’s top priorities moving forward.

All of us at Cornell wish women both here in the Greater Kansas City area and around the globe, a wonderful and prosperous day, not just on March 8th, but throughout the year.  In more and more fields including both the public and private sectors, women are taking on leadership roles, breaking through barriers and working side-by-side with their male counterparts to get the job done.

For more on the IWD and how you can get involved and for events surrounding today, click: https://www.internationalwomensday.com/About

There you will find additional links. From watching inspirational videos to lists and videos of women who have made a difference in many areas, the IWD urges us all to think globally but act locally on the issue of gender parity.[fts_facebook type=page id=117559644971824 access_token=EAAP9hArvboQBAG2FnnoJvrmEBJ1rWunhq7rmS5UDStZCPjQ7kj9MTfLdjvppPglZAAr8UhNqs0a3fMXHiYNU11dzyV83xeWI3ZCaaysZBUXgkCGRjcCQu6cxG9w38vBp33F6VTDY8SPXbzZBQLJ0LzZCBynirxJigZAn9OkMZAVEaAZDZD posts=6 description=yes posts_displayed=page_only]

Let’s Go Chiefs!!!

Cornell Roofing & Sheet Metal, Proud To Be Part of The #Chiefskingdom! A Great Team Effort And Some Mahomes’ Magic Will Bring The Lamar Hunt Trophy And A First Ever AFC Championship Win To #KC! Mahomes Said, “It would be awesome to get that to Clark,” And all Of Us At Cornell Will Be Cheering The Chiefs On Today To Get The Job Done!!! #Arrowhead!!! #KCChiefs.

Building the Future of Construction

Independence area high schoolers gained valuable insight into the many career opportunities available in the Construction Trades. Cornell’s Bob Hoover, Repair and Maintenance Manager and Victor Speers, Assistant Project Manager took part in Turner Construction & Building Trades (C&BT) Expo held at Wyandotte High School.

The Independence School District’s Freshman Academy introduced students from Truman, Van Horn and William Chrisman high schools to five academies focused on helping freshman build a solid academic foundation as they start their individual paths towards higher education or a career in a trade represented by the Industrial Technology Academy. These five Academies represented pathways with Capstones featuring a variety of potential directions for these young people to explore during their high school years. The Industrial Technology Academy featured the largest number of Capstones with nine areas including the Construction Trades. Students are trained through a combination of high school and trade classes. College courses and internships were also highlighted.

Bob Hoover at the Turner Construction & Building Trades (C&BT) ExpoBob Hoover at the Turner Construction & Building Trades (C&BT) Expo

In an era of spiraling college debt, Cornell remains committed to doing its part to help spread the word that a career in roofing or sheet metal can be a rewarding and fulfilling choice. For more information, visit www.cornellroofing.com/careers/ to learn more about the career opportunities at Cornell Roofing & Sheet Metal.

Turner Construction & Building Trades (C&BT) Expo
Turner Construction & Building Trades (C&BT) Expo

 

#TurnerConstruction  #ISD #C&BTExpo #ibuild #WCOE #KC #womenbuild #WBENC

Happy Thanksgiving!

 

As we celebrate this Thanksgiving and all the wonder of the holiday season, we would love to hear your favorite Thanksgiving story. Whether it’s inspirational, goofy or a downright turkey of a story, please reply to our Facebook Post and share it with us. Cornell will donate a turkey in your name to City Union Mission Women and Family Center for the best 20 stories!

So, share your story on our Facebook Post and help feed those less fortunate!

You can also help them directly at: https://cityunionmission.org/women-and-family/

Ditch Diggers – Poem

This poem says a lot about the construction world. If you are at work, play or home today it was a team of tradesmen and women in construction that built where you’re working, playing or you are comfortably resting. Homes, Offices, Schools, Hospitals, Airports, Highways etc.

 

Share if you enjoy Eric’s rendition.

This is What Happens When You Don’t Have a Plan Dad!!!


This is What Happens When You Don’t Have a Plan Dad!!!
This is a Father’s Day tribute to my Dad, Jim McNamara, always and of course the best Dad ever.

My Dad, Jim McNamara
Wow, as a child I never knew just how special my parents were, shocking I know! Now, at my age, I think about just how lucky my siblings and I were to have two loving parents who encouraged us to do whatever we wanted and try anything. Maybe, perhaps, even have a plan!

My Dad and his choices of careers had an enormous effect on my life. My Dad was a CPA in Michigan from the time he left college until he was 50 years old. Unusual for those days, he made a huge career change going to work for my uncle, Don McNamara’s roofing company, FJA Christiansen Roofing, in their Chicago offices. The year was 1978 and I was going into my senior year of high school and this would be the fifth time during high school that I switched schools. While this was hard on many kids, it was exciting for me. Moving to Chicago sounded kind of cool.

Kansas City Commercial Roofing Commercial Sheet MetalMy Dad would come home with stories about work and he would study at home in the evenings learning all about roofing. He was so very happy. Over time, he would talk more and more about the projects he worked on, equipment that broke down and, of course, the people he worked with and met. Over the years the business thrived, and my Dad just loved it.

Large Commercial Roofing Contractors Kansas City Kansas City Cmmercial Roofing Commercial Custom Sheet Metal company Kansas CityLooking at pictures, I remember my Dad talked a lot about McCormick Place around 1985. It was always McCormick, McCormick, McCormick. By then, I was married and living in Kansas City. As it turned out, McCormick Place was a pretty big job and that was putting it mildly. Actually, it was one of the largest jobs in the country. Back then it was a $3.7 million-dollar job. In today’s world, it would be close to $10 million! After finishing that job, Dad spent time speaking to other groups of roofers about the logistics of a job that size.

Late 1987 came rolling along and I had been whining about my job (No Plan), to my Dad in Chicago. He told me to “send this guy your resume”. I knew it was for a job but I had no clue what the job was, where it was, what it paid, etc., I just knew it was in Kansas City.

Somehow I got the job (Shocking), so in the first week of 1988, I started my career in roofing. The building was an old shuttered facility that was dirty, no phones, and no clean bathrooms. I thought, Hmm, out of this we are going to build a factory that will make roofing materials? Thanks Dad, it was the best advice you ever gave me.

By 2007 I had purchased a roofing company that I could call my own and have grown it to a respectable size and with a good reputation for our work. I can only hope my work at Cornell Roofing & Sheet Metal will continue to grow into the kind of legacy you created with your work Dad.

Somehow, we both graduated from college with accounting degrees and ended up as Roofing Contractors. For me, it has been the best years ever. Thank you for your guidance through the years and confidence that I could do whatever I wanted to – Even when you don’t have a plan!

Happy Father’s Day Dad!!!

Happy Father’s Day to all you Father’s out there as well! Please share your best Father’s day story with us by commenting here or posting to our Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/Cornellroofingandsheetmetal/

Wishing All a Joyful New Year!

dreamstime_s_104396482In 2017, Cornell Roofing & Sheet Metal celebrated its 90th Anniversary and we will continue that celebration into 2018! We have much to be thankful for and sometimes, in our busy lives, we forget to stop and take time to reflect on all that has been good and joyful during the past year.

90-years_3_pt2We especially want to thank all our wonderful customers, for without your support and confidence in our ability to deliver on our promises, there would be no 90th Anniversary! We have a great family of team members who work hard, sometimes in sweltering heat or darn right cold conditions, always focused on our Mission to “Consistently deliver the highest quality commercial roofing and sheet metal products and services in the Kansas City region.” Our vendors, subs and the cooperation of other trades also plays an important role in our success and for that we thank you all. We also have celebrated new little ones entering this world, new team members and of course, the lives of friends and family we lost this year.

So, from our family to yours, let us raise a glass as we ring in 2018. To all who have been a part of our lives this year, “Here’s to your continued Health, Happiness and Success in 2018 – CHEERS!”

The Cornell Roofing & Sheet Metal Family

FREE Roof Assessment for First 10 to apply! Don’t Wait for the Damage to be Done!

Clogged Drain due to Weather

FREE Roof Assessment for First 10 to apply! Don’t Wait for the Damage to be Done!

The weather is changing and that can bring plenty of problems for those not prepared. Have you thought about how you will handle your commercial roofing system maintenance this season? Don’t wait till the damage is already done. Signup today to get your free Commercial Roof Assessment from the roofing professionals at Cornell Roofing and Sheet Metal, up to 20,000 square feet!

Our Service and Maintenance team uses a Winter Checklist, 10 Point Assessment and a tech-based Roof Assessment tool to cover a variety of common issues that the change of seasons brings along. Our Winter Checklist includes, but is not limited to:

  • Identifying problem areas likely to leak as winter weather worsens;
  • Checking the integrity of the roof to withstand snow, ice and pooling water;
  • Identifying roof penetrations that can lead to costly repairs and damage to interior spaces;
  • Checking waterways, such as drains and gutters to ensure water to exits the roof quickly;
  • Checking tuck points.

All handled by our highly trained, professional team of experienced roofers!

The assessment creates a roadmap for you to understand steps necessary to secure your roofing system and avoid costly issues. Exclusions do apply. To complete the assessment, roof access is required! This offer is good for commercial roofs only within the Greater Kansas City Metropolitan area.

If you’re looking to prepare for the cold weather and avoid spending unnecessary cash this winter, be one of the first 10 to sign up here today!