JULY 2018                                                                                                       VOL. 20 | ISSUE 4

Henning Partners with Habitat for Humanity on Home Build

By Kathryn Dunn | Executive Assistant


As proud sponsors of Habitat for Humanity, we would like to share with you our good news! This year, Henning Companies donated $10,000 and 219 volunteer hours to the Greater Des Moines Habitat for Humanity, benefiting the Birdland Area Neighborhood Rebuild. 


Due to floods that breached the levee in 1993 and 2008, the Birdland Area population has declined from 270 homes to only 54. Now that the rebuilt levee has been certified by the U.S. Army Corp of Engineers, Habitat for Humanity is working to restructure a community with 23 new homes


The new homes are being developed into a pocket neighborhood, with a trail and interfacing floor plans to encourage community growth and fellowship.  Habitat homeowners are required to contribute 400 hours of sweat equity and attend workshops for success in home ownership.  These families work hard and form relationships that will continue to develop alongside their neighborhood.  


Over the course of three full days, 31 Henning Companies volunteers of all departments, worked together in the heat, rain and (thick) mud to give back to the community.  Despite conditions, progress on the homes quickly began to show and a hope-filled neighborhood was born-again.



Future Leaders Gain Insiders View of Washington, DC

Article from UEP Future Leaders


The 6th Annual Future Leaders Conference featured an action-packed agenda as 40 Future Leaders, representing UEP and UEA member companies, received an insider’s view of Washington, D.C.


Meetings with regulatory agencies provided a comprehensive summary of opportunities and challenges for the egg industry.  The Future Leaders were also treated to three different “off the record” perspectives by members of Congress.  Participants were introduced to D.C. with a Segway tour of the D.C. monuments and memorials and a private tour of the Capitol.


On the second day of the conference, participants met with Steve Censky, USDA Deputy Secretary, who is essentially USDA’s chief operating officer.  Censky provided an overview of USDA’s diverse portfolio of programs and reflected on how running the American Soybean Association for many years prepared him to take on a leadership role at USDA.


During the conference, attendees had the opportunity for networking and information sharing with industry peers and UEP staff and consultants.  UEP is grateful to its many sponsors for continued support of this conference for the next generation of egg industry leaders.


Health & Safety

By Dean Johnson | Safety Director


Choosing and Using Ladders

When you're in a hurry to reach a high place, it’s tempting to climb on a chair, table, or anything handy to get there. But is it worth the risk? This year, more than 30,000 people will be disabled by falls involving ladders and ladder substitutes. A major cause of ladder injuries is improper set-up. The good news is that most ladder accidents are preventable. All it takes is the right ladder in a good working condition along with solid placement of that ladder before climbing on it.



Choosing the right ladder for the job

There are four key elements you should consider when selecting a ladder:

  •  Which kind of ladder is right for the job?
  •  Step, extension, multi-purpose, etc.
  •  Size How high do you need to reach?
  •  What size ladder to buy?
  •  Duty Rating
  •  How much weight will be on the ladder?
  •  Material (Fiberglass, Aluminum, Wood) Where will the ladder be used?


If you work around electrical wires, then do not choose a metal ladder. Many accidents occur each year because power lines and equipment wires contact metal ladders. Use a dry wooden or non conductive fiberglass ladder for this kind of work.


Inspect the Ladder Before You Use It

Before you use any ladder, inspect it. Be sure that the spreaders can be locked in place when open. Also, be sure that straight ladders have safety feet. Metal ladders, either straight or step, should have rubber or plastic feet as well as step coverings. Be certain that the ladders steps are wide enough to spread your feet for balance. Check for loose or bent rungs. A rung that revolves may seem solid, but if it twists unexpectedly under your weight, you could lose your balance and fall. Look for cracked side rails on wooden or plastic ladders and for bent parts on metal ladders. Replace any missing parts and tighten loose hardware, but don't try to repair major structural damage. Instead, invest in a new ladder.


Safety Tip: When you select a ladder, make sure it is strong enough and long enough for the job. Ladders are labeled with duty ratings. Type IAA, Industrial, 375 Lbs., Type IA, Industrial, 300 Lbs., Type I, Industrial, 250 Lbs., Type II Commercial, 225 Lbs. Type III, Household, 200 Lbs. Check the ladder’s rating and do not exceed the limits.


Set Up Your Ladder Carefully

Place your ladder on a firm, level surface with its feet parallel to the wall it is resting against. If you must use the ladder in a busy area, use a barricade to prevent any collisions and lock any nearby door that opens toward you. Use the four-to-one ladder rule: Set the base of your ladder one foot away from the wall for every four feet of ladder height. This ratio is important because if the angle is too steep you can fall backward. If the angle is too horizontal the ladder can slip out from under you.


Climb Cautiously

When you climb up or down a ladder, be sure to face it. Hold on to the side rails with both hands. Carry only necessary tools on your belt use a rope to raise heavier equipment. If you use power equipment, make sure the ladder is securely tied. One of the most dangerous ladder hazards is to overreach. Use the “belt buckle” rule: Always keep your body centered between the rails. Allow only one person on a ladder at a time. Wear shoes with nonskid soles, and make sure your shoes and hands are clean and dry. Remember; never use the top two rungs of a ladder.


Let's Be Social!






COE Graduates: Educating the Next Generation of Poultry Leaders

By Lisa Henning Beohm | Strategic Relationship Manager


Pictured: COE Graduate Class


May 13th marked the official start to the 23rd year of the Center of Excellence Scholarship/Internship 

Program (COE). The Midwest Poultry Consortium was pleased to award 2018 COE scholarships to 35 students, with a combined value of over $280,000!


COE offers a unique educational opportunity for students interested in pursuing careers in the field of poultry. Internships, an integral component of the COE, will begin following the conclusion of summer courses on June 22nd. A meeting of the Midwest Poultry Consortium Board of Directors was held Tuesday, June 19th, at the Madison Concourse Hotel & Governor’s Club in Madison, WI, in conjunction with the 2018 COE year-end banquet 

and awards presentation. MPC Board Member, Lisa Henning Beohm, was in attendance as Henning Companies is a proud sponsor of the COE program.


A Message from the President


I want to extend a special congratulations to Del Farrer on celebrating 40 years with Henning! Del began his career with Henning while still in high school and after a few years in the service, he came back and rejoined the Henning team. From pounding nails to sales and business development, and most currently as the VP of Agriculture, Del’s knowledge and expertise in the agriculture construction industry continues to help in our successes. After twenty years, Del received the traditional Henning ring with four diamonds in it and this month will receive his 8th diamond to add to his ring, each diamond representing five years of work.  Congratulations Del!


Congratulations also goes out to Mitch Ehrlich and Carol Hoots, who both celebrate 20 years with Henning in June and August, respectively. Mitch has been successful as a Senior Project Manager and most recently as a Senior Estimator. Carol has played a part in many roles in the office, most recently as an Account Specialist with Henning Holdings. Mitch and Carol will both receive the traditional Henning Grandfather Clock in the coming weeks.


Since 1978, it has been a tradition to award those a grandfather clock on their twenty year anniversary. The clock is a symbol of time for both the employee and their spouse, recognizing their time and dedication to the company.


-Kevin Walker | President


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