October 2018                                                                                              VOL. 20| ISSUE 5

Farwell to our Interns!

By Kim Davidson | HR - Talent & Recruitment


Summer is over and our Interns are back  in school! While many college students took the time to travel the country or lay by the pool soaking in the last months before fall semester began, we had three college students who hit the ground running! Iowa State University students, Katie Swanson and Jesse Klaes, as well as University of Northern Iowa student, Mitchell Clemens, were apart of the Henning Companies, LLC team for their 2018 summer internship.


Jesse Klaes, junior (ISU), is an agricultural engineering major from Osage, Iowa. His past internship experience includes Test Engineer at Kinze Manufacturing, Inc. and AGCO Corporation, as well as a research assistant in animal production facilities at Iowa State University under Dr. Steven Hoff. His previous roles provided a great foundation for him as he was able to jump right into our agricultural and industrial projects at Henning. He is also a member of the Iowa State Ski and Snowboard Club, as well as Iowa State American Society of Agricultural Biological Engineers (ASABE) student chapter. Jesse worked closely with Nick Welter, Sr. Project Manager, on a hatchery in South Dakota and Jack Repplinger, Sr. Project Manager on an industrial grow facility in Jourdantown, TX. Jesse will be continuing his internships experience with Henning throughout the school year.


Katie Swanson, freshman (ISU), is a construction engineering major from Madrid, Iowa. She was active on the soccer and softball teams in high school and looked forward to gaining on-the-job training during her internship. While at Iowa State, Katie has been very active in the AGC Student Chapter, attending Spring Break build trips as well as serving on the Banquet Committee this past year. For the 2018 – 2019 year, Katie has been selected to serve on the AGC Cabinet as webmaster and was awarded a 2018 NAWIC Scholarship. She spent the majority of her time in the field at Prairie Business Park III, Grimes, IA, with Brad Rodemeyer, Superintendent, and Jerry Van Oort, Project Manager. 


Mitchell Clemens, junior (UNI), is a construction management major from Polk City, Iowa. This summer completes Mitchell’s third internship with Henning Companies, LLC. Throughout his time with Henning Companies, he has been an integral team member with our commercial market group as he’s navigated warranty items, solicited bids, and estimates for change orders, as well as helped in the field with project Superintendents. While everyone is sad to see Mitchell bring his internship to an end, we are all excited to have played a large role in getting his career in construction started. We are thrilled for him and his move to Cedar Falls and looking forward to supporting his completion of his degree. 


Henning Companies is headed to campus this fall as well. We’ll be at the University of Northern Iowa Fall Career Fair on Monday, September 17th in the McLeod Center and at Iowa State University, College of Engineering Career Fall on Tuesday, September 25 in Hilton Coliseum. We’re looking forward to connecting with our past interns and meeting new candidates for our 2019 Internship Program. 


Thank you to you all of you on your hard work, dedication and commitment to the team this summer! Special thanks to the leaders, Mike Carroll, Pat Lorey, Jack Repplinger, Brad Rodemeyer, Jerry Van Oort, and Nick Welter for all learning opportunities you provided to our interns this summer. We appreciate the extra dedication to supporting their hands-on experience learning about construction and Henning Companies!

Henning Takes over the Egg Booth at the Fair!

By Lisa Henning Beohm | Strategic Relationship Manager


It wouldn't have been summer without the Iowa State Fair, which took place August 9th-19th at the State Fair Grounds in Des Moines. Although I'm not a celebrity server, like Governor Kim Reynolds, my mom (Cindy Henning) and I helped kick off the opening day by handing out free “egg-pops” at The Iowa Egg Council’s Egg-on-a-Stick booth (in the Agriculture Building). Eggs are packed with high quality protein, contain no carbohydrates or sugars, and contain 13 essential vitamins and minerals. Even with the heat wave (90 plus degrees), this is a popular attraction, and according to the Egg-O-Meter 12,816 eggs were served by days end. Last year’s tally was 162,578 eggs and this year’s total came in at 161,568 eggs handed out to hungry passersby - with the help of 200+ volunteers. Those who stopped by also had the opportunity to participate in the “What Kind of Egg Are You?” selfie challenge in the egg chair, and then share and tag on social media for the chance to win a prize (1 daily and 1 grand prize).


Pictured: Cindy Henning and Lisa Henning Beohm handing out eggs on a stick!


It’s always important to give back and we had fun supporting both the egg Industry and the top producing egg state of IOWA!


How well do you know safety?

By Dean Johnson | Safety Director


A Carpenter knows how to install a floor, an Ironworker knows how to erect steel, a Finisher knows how to hand trowel a surface, and workers in other trades know how to apply their skills, but how many of them know safety?


Here are some guidelines to help you learn safety: 





Let's Be Social!





Upcoming Events


Construction Week

October 1-5


23rd Annual ISU Construction Engineering Reunion 

October 11th 


UEP 50th Anniversary Reunion and Annual Conference

October 15-19th


A Message from the President


We wrapped up the end of August with an exciting Friday, as Iowa State University broke ground on the new Robert T. Hamilton Poultry Teaching and Research Farm. Guests heard from the Iowa State University Foundation, as well at President Wendy Wintersteen and Assistant Dean of Research, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, Hongwei Xin, among others. Henning Companies is proud to have been selected to be the Design-Builder for this project.


The current research farm is over sixty years old and creates challenges to maintaining research and bio-security standards. The multiple buildings will be replaced by one, 27,000 square foot research and teaching building that will provide a one-of-a-kind research and teaching environment. This new facility is completely funded by donations from key players in the egg industry.


The Iowa Egg Council Wing will house several research areas where students and researchers will be able to test how different cage environments affect egg laying production, as well as, animal health. The Hy-Line International Wing will maintain the University's genetic lines - some of which go back 100 years. This wing will also include hatchery and brooder rooms for the genetic lines.


In addition, the building will have areas dedicated to nutritional research, sample collection and testing, classrooms, and staff support spaces.  A public viewing area will be established where tours can see how the egg industry operates. Public access to the building will be separate from the staff and research entrances and there will be strict adherence to bio-security protocols.


This new facility will help prepare students for work in the poultry industry and will feature interactive labs, hands-on opportunities, and be equipped with modern environmentally-controlled productions systems.


Make sure to check back for updates on the new facility!



Safety Update





APRIL 15, 2015.



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