Mission: Uncompromising integrity, quality and growth through dedicated people and resources
For Nearly 100 Years
We take so much for granted and we actually have little idea and appreciation for everything behind the scenes which makes electricity available to us 24/7. We have all experienced a power outage, driven down a poorly lighted street late at night or have spent hours working on our computer to lose a document due to a power surge.
Everyone depends on the electrical distributor to provide the products, technical support and delivery to the contractor, factories, hospitals, schools, sporting venues, shopping malls, food stores and our homes. To think that something so significant all began a relatively short time ago…
Steiner Electric is a family-owned company founded in 1916. Steiner Electric is the 35th largest electrical supply business in the country, with eight locations in Northern Illinois and Northwest Indiana. We represent many of leading manufacturers in the industry.
Steiner Electric Company offers a competitive compensation and benefits package including health, dental, life and long term disability insurance, vacation, 401K and profit sharing.
We are an Affirmative action/equal opportunity employer. Veterans of the United States Armed Forces encouraged to apply.
As a family run business, Steiner Electric has remained active in the communities in which we serve. Our employees are involved in numerous community building, civiic and cultural activities including:
Steiner Kerman Education Foundation
Harold Kerman always found a way to give back. He founded the Steiner Kerman Education foundation in 2007. Harold initiated the education fund in appreciation for opportunities given to him. College would have been impossible for Harold if not for his aunt’s generosity. She gave Harold the money to attend Jr. College. Harold capitalized on the time afforded him in Jr. College and eventually enrolled in Northwestern University. Harold graduated from Northwestern in 1941. He returned from service in WWII and passed the CPA exam in 1946.
Harold set up the education fund to encourage pursuit. He knew there is always something to be learned. Performance and achievement are good to strive for, but the key is learning from experience, environment, and circumstance. For that reason, The Steiner Kerman Education foundation bases scholarships on an individual’s need and goals. Careful consideration is given to the prospects ability to view the world, “As if your glass is half full.” Perseverance is worth the investment.
The Steiner Kerman Education fund has awarded well over $200,000 in the last 5 years. While most of the monies have gone to individuals for scholarships, some of the money has been given to schools and foundations to initiate that facilities ongoing education fund.
Carol Kerman, the foundation’s proprietor, “Looks for students to have a rich fulfilling life where love and respect abound.” High School students are in a delicate phase of life. The Steiner Kerman Education foundation focuses on fostering positive impact that continues the student’s path to fulfillment.
This Foundation began in 2007 by Harold Kerman, CEO of Steiner Electric Company in Elk Grove Village.
He established this Education Foundation in gratitude for the opportunity given to him and with the responsibility to assist other students with limited income.
Harold Kerman graduated from Von Steuben High School in 1937 during the period of the Great Depression. With the help of scholarships, he was able to attend Wright Junior College and later went on to graduate night school at Northwestern University in 1941 while working during the day. After returning from WWll, he passed the CPA exam in 1946…on the first try.
Harold Kerman passed away this past January 2012. His hopes were for his family to continue offering opportunities to young adults to fulfil their educational dreams. If Harold could be here, this is what he would say:
“Live your life viewing the glass half full. Whatever the situation, do what you need to do and don’t complain. Create a vision, work with what you have, and don’t stop until you reach your goal. Once you have, set another goal. Constantly improving, always be fair, respectful, and have uncompromising integrity.”
The Steiner Kerman Education Foundation has awarded Anthony Bright Newlin from Hobart High School $1,500.00. He will attend Ball State University with a major in Actuarial Science. He finished in the top 15 in his class and will also be receiving the top math student award.
Koats for Kids
Doing the right thing is part of Steiner. Our work with Koats for Kdis was inspired by that single statement, “Do the right thing.” One Steiner employee took the words to heart and started building Koats for Kids collection bins in a Steiner warehouse 10 years ago. These efforts have grown into Steiner being the logistical arm for the Winnebago County Salvation Army’s annual Koats for Kids drive.
These bins collected 1,105 coats in 2011 alone. We also helped give away over 2,300 hats, gloves, mittens, and scarves.
We appreciate the opportunity to serve and are excited to continue our relationship with Koats for Kids.
Lookingglass Theatre Company.
Steiner Electric is a corporate seaon sponsor of the Lookingglass Theatre Company. Founded in 1988 by graduates of Northwestern University, Lookingglass Theatre Company is a nationwide leader in the creation and presentation of new, cutting-edge theatrical works and in sharing its ensemble-based theatrical techniques with Chicago-area students and teachers through Education and Community Programs. Guided by an artistic vision centered on the core values of collaboration, transformation, and invention, Lookingglass seeks to capture audiences’ imaginations leaving them changed, charged and empowered
Opened in June 2003, Lookingglass Theatre Company is located inside the Water Tower Water Works building on the Magnificent Mile in Chicago.
The Boy Scouts of America is best known for its character building and leadership training. This character and value-based leadership is engrained in Steiner. We are a third generation family owned business with the fourth generation of Scouts learning our industry and preparing to lead the organization in the future. Steiner has benefitted from the life education Boy Scouts of America provided since 1916. We understand our responsibility to give back.
Steiner has partnered with Camp Ma- Ka-Ja-Wan, providing electrical supplies to continue the camps excellent reputation. Camp Ma-Ka-Ja-Wan is operated by the Northeast Illinois Council and one of America’s premier Scouting camps. We are happy to help light the way for these scouts and future leaders with Camp Ma-Ka-Ja-Wan.
Chicago Area Homeless
Steiner has been part of Chicagoland Electric Association (CEA) since 1991. Over the last 21 years Steiner has facilitated a Christmas celebration for the Greater Chicago Homeless Shelters, partnered with The Boy Scouts Troop 64, CEA and Comic Relief. For this afternoon, every Christmas, seven homeless shelters receive gifts for the sheltered youths, along with office and home supplies to continue daily operations.
Planning for the event starts every September, like clockwork. First, a hall is reserved. Toys are collected and Santa delivers a gift for every child. The party includes just about everything from DJs to storytellers, mostly, it is filled with hope. People care and things can be better. We are committed to help in making that lasting change.
American Cancer Society’s Walk & Roll
Steiner knows, all too well, the pain cancer causes and, as the founding member of The Chicago Electrical Industry Community Outreach (CEI) organization, has supported the American Cancer Society’s Walk & Roll since 2011, which is the longest running cancer event of its kind. Participants can run, walk, bike or skate while raising money for a great cause.
During our first event CEI collectively raised more than $160,000. In 2014, 24 companies raised over $240,000.
Our most valuable resources are our employees. Our growth and success has been achieved through dedicated and highly knowledgeable employees that have provided our customers with the expertise to satisfy their requirements.
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Steiner has been my home now for nearly 10 years. I use the word “home” intentionally. It is a family, a family that I am proud to be a part of. A family with a long unique history that consistently shows forward movement. Steiner has a long and strong history, a company that believes in itself and its people. A company where you are seen as a unique person and not just a number. Where you are seen as peer to everyone who works with you, despite title. A lot of these strong points are often overlooked by some of Steiner’s long-time employees who haven’t experienced working at any other organization for a long time. However the fact that Steiner is so full of many long-time employees is the first and most obvious clue to its wonderful working and business conditions. At each job I had before I came to Steiner, I always felt like nothing more than a disposable number. My ideas were never taken as anything that might actually help the company be more productive or efficient, despite being someone who was physically experiencing the inefficiencies and finding solutions for them. It was not for lack of trying. Steiner is different and its open door policies of the management team is an amazing experience. The whole executive team will get to know you and is eager to hear your thoughts, opinions, struggles and successes. When Steiner is profitable, the money is poured back into the employees and the company’s resources. Investment into forward growth builds a foundation for a secure future.
Like a family, Steiner does have its flaws, but is unusually aware of what many of those flaws are. Recently Steiner has invested time and money into fixing those flaws and building a better stronger team to support its employees and build a better future for them. If you are the type who is looking for a job where all you want to do is come in every day, do what you’re told, make a lot of money and go home and be like “everyone else”, Steiner is not the place for you. If you are looking for a career and a chance to make those 8 hours exceptional for yourself and those around you and take that home to be extraordinary in life, then Steiner is the place for you. What sets Steiner apart is that there is opportunity, there is history, there is the freedom to be great and there is a future for plenty of growth. That cannot be said of many companies.
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