DECEMBER 2018                                                                                             VOL. 20 | ISSUE 5

On behalf of Henning Companies, we wish you a safe and happy holiday!  



Habitat for Humanity UPDATE!


On Saturday, October 20, 2018, the Habitat for Humanity home was dedicated to Jagat and his family. Mike Penningroth, Director of Construction Services, presented the keys to the family and accepted the Habitat for Humanity House Sponsor Award on behalf of Henning Companies.  


The dedication was joined by Habitat for Humanity, Henning Companies, sponsors, family, friends, and neighbors.  Through their shared commitment, Jagat will have a place to call home and support his family. Through their shared experience of building their homes together, Jagat’s family will move in beside bonded neighbors and into a community that is ready to support them and each other.


The Birdland Area Neighborhood homes will continue to rise with the completion of construction and home dedications throughout the season. It is through commitment and volunteerism that transformations like this are possible and neighborhoods improve.


We would like to join Habitat for Humanity and the family in saying THANK YOU to everyone at Henning Companies for their support, contributions and hard work.  You have made a big impact in the lives of others and in the community.


Health & Safety: Fire Extinguishers

By Dean Johnson | Safety Director


Fire extinguishers are one of those things, like a first aid kit, that must be on a jobsite but you hope will never have to be used.


Unlike a first aid kit, multiple extinguishers are required on a jobsite. How many is enough and where they should be located is a frequent question people ask. OSHA says that a 2A rated extinguisher must be provided for every 3000 SF of area, and travel distance by a worker to reach the nearest one cannot exceed 100’. There needs to be one on each floor of a multi-story building, and if it’s the only one on the floor it must be located adjacent to a stairway.


Portable fire extinguishers must be inspected and maintained per NFPA’s 10A-2018 (monthly inspections must be made and verified by a tag on the extinguisher where the inspector puts the month, year and initials). Annual maintenance must occur for all fire extinguishers and be verified by a tag or label that shows the month and year, the name of the person who performed the maintenance, as well as the name of the company he/she works for.


In addition, an extinguisher that is rated not less than 10B must be provided within 50’ of wherever more than 5 gallons of flammable or combustible liquids or 5 pounds of flammable gas are being used. 


For example, this would mean that when a portable generator is used and a 5-gallon gas can is nearby, a fire extinguisher must be within 50’. For reference, this is 20 steps away. This also applies when using an acetylene cutting torch.


Fire extinguisher sizes are based on water equivalency. 2A means that there is enough extinguishing agent to equal 2.5 gals of water. The “B” indicates the extinguisher will put out flammable liquids. An “A” means it will put out ordinary fires including wood, cloth, paper and plastic. A “C” rating means it can be used on electrical fires. Construction sites should use the ABC type of extinguisher in order to cover all of the above fire situations.


OSHA citations can be written for failure to monthly inspect and yearly maintain fire extinguishers.



National Turkey Federation Supplies Traditional Thanksgiving Turkey

Article from


Jeff Sveen, Chairman of the National Turkey Federation and also Chairman of the Board of Dakota Provisions presented the 2018 National Thanksgiving Turkey to the White House.


Sveen stated “The season of Thanksgiving is a special time of year for Americans and I am honored to be invited to the White House to present the national Thanksgiving turkey.” He added “The contributions of American farmers to our country both in the past and today, are significant and the National Turkey Federation’s time-honored tradition is a reminder of the hard work of generations of men and women to feed the world."


The Thanksgiving turkey “Peas” and his alternate “Carrots” were grown by Ruben Waldner on a Hutterite Colony near Huron, SD.


As in previous years, the turkeys were driven to Washington, DC and stayed at the Willard Intercontinental Hotel before the presentation. They will see out their lives at the Gobbler’s Rest on the campus of Virginia Tech in the Poultry Science Department livestock pavilion.

Let's Be Social!






"I can give you three weeks..."


In 1976, Bruce Keehn started working for Henning Construction as a painter. He was 20 years old and told Jeff Henning he could only give him three weeks of work. Fast forward 42 years and Bruce is retiring as a Superintendent from Henning Companies. 


Please help us wish Superintendent, Bruce Keehn, a Happy Retirement! Thank you for all you have done over the years!





Lisa Henning Beohm Named IEC Ambassador -

Young Egg Leaders


PICTURED: Lisa Henning Beohm during IEC presentation.


Please help us in congratulating our own, Lisa Henning Beohm, on being appointed as an IEC Ambassador - Young Egg Leaders! 


The IEC Ambassadors are specially appointed individuals from around the world who assist in increasing awareness and membership of the International Egg Commission, in accordance with the IEC Ambassador Protocol. 


Lisa recently completed the two year Young Egg Leaders program and will begin her four year term in April of 2019.


Congratulations Lisa! 


A Message from the President


By Kevin Walker | President


To our employees, customers, and vendors:


As 2018 comes to a close, it is a great time to look back on the year and take a moment to thank you all who have made an impact on this company. 


Together we created new opportunities and overcame challenges. Without your great work, commitment, and determination we would not be the company we are today. 


Next year we celebrate 95 years as a company and I could not be more excited about what is in store for this monumental year! 


I hope you and your families have a wonderful holiday and a happy new year! 


-Kevin Walker



Safety Update


3rd Quarter

Safety Winners!


Nick Carter

Herb Weigel

Hasan Ikeljic

Al van Jaarsveld

Tim Webber






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