MAY 2018                                                                                                       VOL. 20 | ISSUE 3

Des Moines City Hall Reopens after Renovations

By Sam Merfeld | Marketing and Communication Coordinator 


Des Moines City Hall reopened to the public after nearly two years of construction. Located at 400 Robert D. Ray Drive, Henning Companies began work on the historic 29,000 square-foot project in June of 2016.


Henning completely updated all mechanical, electrical, and technology infrastructure of the building. City Hall was listed on the National Historic Register which made parts of the renovation particularly challenging. The majority of the renovation work was done behind the walls with major updates including HVAC and building automation upgrades, fire sprinkler and alarm systems, and adding an elevator to meet ADA requirements.


Des Moines’ City Hall was first opened in 1912 and continues to serve as the center of government for the city. The three-story building exterior features granite and Bedford stone while the inside showcases Tennessee marble. Many of the original finishes were restored including; plaster, trim and paint, and the existing antique lighting.


R&R's Prairie Business Park III Begins to take Shape.

By Jerry Van Oort | Project Manager


We are headed into May and steel has been erected at R&R Realty's Prairie Business Park III warehouse in Grimes, IA. Starting this week 264 precast panel walls will be delivered and set in place. (With the heaviest panel weighing more than 40,000 pounds!) 


Once complete, the warehouse will be capable of serving several tenants with storefronts facing James Street and docks capable of handling large truck deliveries in the back.


IEC Spring Meetings in London

By Lisa Henning Beohm | Strategic Relationship Manager


The International Egg Commission (IEC) held its spring business meetings in London April 8-10, at Grange St. Paul's Hotel, where attendees were able to meet with leading decision makers and experts in the international egg industry. The conferences are organized to provide the optimum combination of business and networking activities that enable attendees to make contact with other key figures in egg related businesses, whilst gaining invaluable insights and advice from worldwide speakers. 


A wide range of topics included: the disruption facing the consumer goods industry and how to change to win, seizing opportunities in the global economy, feed grain outlook, avian diseases global overview, biosecurity - creating a global standard, avian influenza vaccination considerations, OIE's global animal welfare standards situation update, antimicrobial resistance and challenges, kitchen theory and molecular gastronomy, the North American egg industry in transition, IEC global database for animal welfare legislation, environmental sustainability & deforestation and the soy supply, and social sustainability - eliminating forced labor from the value chain.


Travis Schaal (DVM, DACVP, Director of GP Production and Internal Vet Services) from Hy-Line International shared biosecurity lessons learned and a practical checklist. The purpose of the IEC biosecurity checklist is to help egg businesses develop and improve their overall level of biosecurity. Excellent biosecurity is proven to be the most critical tool in helping prevent a wide range of avian disease problems, and can even help egg businesses avoid infection during severe avian influenza outbreaks. Each egg production business should have a well-established, written and agreed upon biosecurity plan, with identified standard operating procedures (SOPs) and lines of responsibility. Plans should be backed up by frequent internal audits. Some critical considerations include: on-farm site/structure specific plans, establish and control a well-defined clean/dirty line, track all inputs and outputs on the farm, trucking/transportation risk, manure management, pests prevention, feed and water etc. Noting, the number one risk factor in disease control (including AI) is personnel and equipment.


Tim Lambert (IEC Chairman) emphasized that increasingly, society wants to know more about where their food comes from. They want to know that if we're using animals in agriculture that they're being cared for humanely and that we care about the environment; they demand to know companies are doing more than just maximizing their profits. As Tim said, “companies have a responsibility within society to not only do the right thing for the right reasons but still be profitable. To be proactive about these things and understand where society is going will help us to lead with a vision of continuous improvement and elevate our industry.”


Doing the right thing is also one of Henning Companies core values. We believe in providing solutions to positively impact our clients, our employees and our communities.


Health & Safety

By Dean Johnson | Safety Director


Heat stress occurs when the body generates internal heat and/or absorbs heat from a hot work environment faster than it can be lost. The heat build-up is an increase in the body temperature.


Sweating is the natural way your body attempts to cool off. The evaporation is usually an effective way to cool the body. However, if the air is humid and the sweat doesn't evaporate well or if the water lost from your body is not replaced, the stage is set for problems.


Muscle cramps, spasms, and excessive sweating usually indicate the first stage of heat stress. Move to a cooler place, drink small sips of water with a little added salt (if you are not on a salt restricted diet) and massage the muscle that is cramping.


Heat Exhaustion results when the loss of fluid and salt from the body reaches the point where some of the body's automatic control systems shut down and the person goes into shock. Symptoms of heat exhaustion are some or all: sweating, clammy, flushed or pale skin, dizziness, weakness, nausea, rapid and shallow breathing, headache, vomiting or fainting.  Lay the person down in a cooler place with the feet raised and tight clothing loosened. Give them sips of cool water. Seek medical aid, especially if there is vomiting or fainting.


Heat Stroke is rarer but very serious. With heat stroke, the body’s cooling system (the ability to sweat) shuts down and the body temperature rapidly rises. Symptoms include: dry, hot skin, strong, fast pulse, very high temperature, confused, strange or angry behavior, chills, nausea, dizziness, unconsciousness. Act immediately. Call 911 and maintain victim’s breathing. Cool victim in a bath or with fans or cold packs. Keep victim lying down with feet raised.


The best plan to avoid heat stress and heat stroke:

  • Allow time to adapt to a hot working environment, gradually increasing your exposure to heat over at least a one-week period.
  • Drink water frequently (ideally, at least 8 ounces of water every 20-30 minutes). Avoid coffee, tea or cola drinks which cause you to pass more water. 
  • Replace body salts (electrolytes) by drinking flavored drinks or water containing salt or by drinking specialty prepared “sports” drinks created precisely for this purpose.
  • Take rest breaks, particularly in a cool location. Rest lowers your internal heat because your muscles aren’t working.
  • Wear personal protective equipment - work clothes made of ‘breathable’ fabrics, hats and sunglasses for outside work.
  • Utilize engineering controls such as fans, ventilators, exhaust systems, air conditioners and heat shields.
  • If cooling the entire working environment is not possible, investigate providing ‘spot’ cooling for workers.


Remember! Too much heat can make people lose their concentration, get tired, grouchy or get cramps, pains, spasms or worse. Heat stress is dangerous but it is also preventable.

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Terry Baker, Michael Foods, named Egg Person of the Year

PICTURED: Lisa Henning Beohm, Terry Baker, and Jeff Henning.


Congratulations to Terry Baker, of Michael Foods, on being named Urner Barry's 'Egg Person of the Year' at the Urner Barry Conference held in Last Vegas last week. 


A Message from the President


By Kevin Walker | President


A company's core values create the culture of any organization. They are the fundamental beliefs that a company lives and breathes by. Henning Companies has always had a set of core values that every relationship, interaction, and employee are held to. Since the company's start in 1924, Henning has grown exponentially and our company has evolved.


As part of our 2018 strategic planning, we reviewed our core purpose and core values. After a lengthy discussion, we realized our current set of values didn’t need to change at all. They are what Henning stands for and has been living by successfully for 95 years. The team chose to build upon each of these values in order to continue our growth and process improvements to better serve our customers.


Henning Companies

Core Values:


Always Do the Right Thing

At Henning, we always do the right thing, even when no one is watching. 


Honest & Trustworthy

A partner you can count on to be honest and trustworthy through the building process. 


Committed to Lasting Relationships

Henning is committed to lasting relationships with our customers, employees, and partners. 


Drive for Results

We can’t do it alone. Together we will drive, and get, results.


Following the evaluation of our core values, the team developed a detailed strategic plan for 2018-2020. At Henning, we are committed to sustainable growth, employee engagement, expanding and diversifying markets, all while living by our core ideology. Without our core values, we wouldn't be able to live by our brand promise: Providing Solutions with a Positive Impact. We couldn’t be more excited to see where the next year takes us!


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