UPDATE: Military Mom and Soldiers Send Thanks During the Holidays

Kafka Supports the TroopsThis past September, we shared a story about Betty Blume, a military mom who has been sending the comforts of home to various troops in Afghanistan. Kafka Granite has continued to cover the shipping costs of these care packages, and now Betty has asked to publicly express her gratitude in light of the holiday season. The following is a message from Betty and her husband, Larry, as well as two of the many gracious recipients currently serving in Afghanistan.

“We would like to thank Glenn and Bev Kafka of Kafka Granite for their generous support to our troops serving in Afghanistan. Their support has made it possible for us to give the troops a meaningful Thanksgiving and hopefully an enjoyable Christmas. To date we have been able to send approximately 125 care packages. We are in the spirit of the season! Happiness doesn’t result from what we get, but from what we give. Thank you for giving!” –Betty and Larry Blume

“Thank you for every single package we have received! We love you and the community that supports us!” –PFC Gage Andrews

“God Bless your family and your community as you support us. It is not in vain and we are very appreciative.” –SSG Michael Lane

Kafka Granite will continue supporting this good cause and we encourage you to join us. Please contact us if you are interested in spreading holiday cheer to our soldiers overseas!

KAFKA GRANITE WELCOMES A NEW SALES REP

jeremy_boresJeremy Bores joins the sales team at Kafka Granite: Kafka Granite is proud to introduce Jeremy Bores, the newest member of our sales team. Jeremy graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire in 2009 with major in Marketing and a minor in Information Systems. He since has gained sales experience while working for both Bauer Built Tire and Marshfield Doorsystems. Jeremy has known the Kafka family for many years and shares common values with Kafka Granite, making him a great fit for our team.

“I feel very privileged to be a part of the Kafka Granite team. I see Kafka Granite as thriving small business that will continue to exceed expectations for many years to come,” Bores commented.

Jeremy will be working primarily from our Mosinee office. You can contact him directly at jeremy@kafkagranite.com.

Welcome to the team, Jeremy!

WISCONSIN SALT SOLUTIONS EXPEDITES THE DE-ICING PROCESS

WISCONSIN SALT SOLUTIONS EXPEDITES THE DE-ICING PROCESS

Wisconsin Salt Solutions provides anti-icing and de-icing products: With winter upon us, tis the season that counties and municipalities throughout Wisconsin turn to Wisconsin Salt Solutions to keep their roads free of snow and ice. Wisconsin Salt Solutions is a division of Kafka Granite‘s sister company, Kafka DustBuster Plus. Wisconsin Salt Solutions provides both liquid Calcium Chloride and liquid Magnesium Chloride, which can be applied either before a winter storm in order to prevent ice, or after the storm in order to expedite the melting process. These products will melt snow and ice at a temperature as low as 20 degrees Fahrenheit.

In addition, by adding 20% IceBite (a de-sugared sugar beat molasses) to the solution, the melting process is even more efficient. With the addition of IceBite, the melting point drops significantly to well below 0 degrees. Due to IceBite‘s residual effect, the product stays on the road longer, decreasing additional applications. This product also assists in breaking the bond between the road surface and the ice/snow, making plowing easier and more efficient. Finally, this organic and environmentally friendly product is a natural corrosion inhibitor. With the addition of IceBite, corrosion is reduced by 50-60%, preventing rust on vehicles and metal in bridges.

These products are available in 4,500 gallon tankers or 250 gallon totes. Are you interested in improving the winter driving conditions of your roads? Contact John Meyer for more information.

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HAPPY HOLIDAYS FROM THE KAFKAS

On behalf of Kafka Granite, we would like to thank you for your continued support of our family business. We wish you a very happy holiday season and a prosperous new year.

–Glenn, Beverly, Chris, and Tiffany Kafka

GLENN KAFKA GEARS UP

glenn-kafka-gears-upOwner of Kafka Granite serves as co-owner, crew chief, and sponsor to pro snowmobile team: When the snow falls, Glenn Kafka, owner of Kafka Granite, fuels his other passion: snowmobile racing. While Glenn had started becoming involved in snowmobile racing in the 1980s for fun, it has since evolved into another business venture. Glenn Kafka spent a decade serving as crew chief on the premiere grass drag racing team in the 90s, and another ten years helping his son, Chris Kafka, rise through the ranks of snocross racing. Today, he serves as co-owner and crew chief to Team LaVallee, a professional snocross and freestyle snowmobile team. Glenn’s business partner, Levi LaVallee, is a Pro National Snocross Champion, a 4-time Winter X-Games Gold Medalist, the first person to attempt a double backflip on a snowmobile, and the world distance jump holder at 412′ feet.

Now, Glenn Kafka and the team are preparing for their fourth season together. Levi LaVallee and Kyle Pallin will be racing in the professional ranks, while Jake Scott competes in the Pro Lites division. The team will follow the International Series of Champions (ISOC) Circuit to nine US cities throughout the 2012-13 season, as well as compete in the 2013 Winter X-Games in Aspen, Colorado. The first race will be held November 23-25 at Spirit Mountain in Duluth, Minnesota. You can follow Team LaVallee on Facebook and Twitter, or see Glenn and the team in action at a race near you!

Kafka Granite sponsors Team LaVallee, along with Mystik Lubricants, Loctite, Polaris, Parts Unlimited, Fox Shox, Earth, Inc., Woody’s, Kafka Conveyors, and Stratford Sign Company.

In addition, Kafka Granite, Kafka Conveyors, River Valley Bank, and Stratford Sign Company will be sponsoring Chris Kafka, Glenn’s son, as he comes out of retirement to compete in the Midwest ISOC races as an independent Pro Lites rider.

SUPPORT FOR SANDY SURVIVORS

SUPPORT FOR SANDY SURVIVORS

Kafka Granite participates in relief efforts: With thousands of homes destroyed due to Hurricane Sandy, families throughout the East Coast were left with little to nothing. Like many communities, Mosinee, Wisconsin joined the efforts to provide aid to these fellow Americans in need. The Mosinee Area Action Committee organized a relief effort, and Kafka Granite was part of the action. The goal? To send a 53-foot semi trailer filled with donated goods to New Jersey. Kafka Granite volunteered to serve as a drop off location.

Throughout the weeks following Hurricane Sandy, families, church groups, businesses, and organizations from the Mosinee area dropped off new and gently used items at Kafka Granite. Our employees joined the relief effort, as many of them came to work with donated goods. By Friday, November 16, Kafka Granite’s storage space was piled high with non-perishable food, blankets, clothing, diapers, cleaning supplies, toiletries, and other items. Volunteers then packed up the goods and filled a 53-foot semi trailer, which left the following Sunday for New Jersey. Roehl Transport of Marshfield, Wisconsin donated the truck, driver, and fuel expenses. The donations will be delivered to the Community Food Bank of New Jersey, a subsidiary of Feeding America. The donations will then be distributed among 17 food pantries in some of the most devastated areas of New Jersey.

Kafka Granite encourages you to join the relief efforts and find a drop off location in your community!

HIGH FRICTION SURFACING MAKES FOR SAFER DRIVING

HIGH FRICTION SURFACING MAKES FOR SAFER DRIVING

Kafka Granite aggregate reduces accidents: If you have driven on an overpass in Wisconsin, chances are you’ve driven on Kafka Granite. Kafka Granite has supplied aggregate for high friction surfacing throughout the United States, including hundreds of bridge decks in Wisconsin. With winter approaching, this application will dramatically cut down on accidents that occur on overpasses.

During the winter season, bridge decks become particularly slippery as cold from underneath allows for quicker freezing. However, high friction surfacing greatly increases traction, keeping vehicles on the road and drivers safe. In addition, the aggregate used in this application helps trap road salt, making the deicing process more efficient and effective.

Kafka Granite’s aggregate is manufactured to meet Department of Transportation specifications for Wisconsin and several other states. The aggregate is applied quickly and easily as an epoxy overlay. After the existing bridge deck has been thoroughly cleaned, a two-part epoxy is spread evenly on the surface. Next, the aggregate is dispersed over the epoxy. Once the stone has set, the excess is swept away and can be reused. In addition to bridge decks, our epoxy overlay aggregates have been utilized for exit/entrance ramps, curves, crosswalks, pedestrian walkways and more.

Interested in using Kafka Granite’s high friction surfacing aggregate to make your roads safer? Contact one of our knowledgeable sales representatives for more information, samples and pricing!

Got Wood? Kafka Land Clearing

GOT WOOD? WE STUMP AND GRIND!

Have you seen our new billboard yet? For those of you haven’t been able to spot it while heading southbound on I-39 near exit 179, we thought you might enjoy seeing it!

Kafka Granite now offers land clearing and wood grinding services! With the addition of our 1000hp Peterson Horizontal Grinder on Tracks, Kafka Granite can now grind and recycle stumps, brush, and other wood debris. Custom grinding for paper mills, land fills, farmers, city and municipality waste, and more is also available. Got wood? Kafka Granite is now stumpin’ and grindin’! Contact us for more information!

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KAFKA GRANITE HELPS BUILD A GREEN COMMUNITY

Kafka Granite Partners with Eco Village: In the Spring of 2012, St. Croix Valley Habitat for Humanity broke ground on Eco Village, an energy independent, affordable housing community located in River Falls, WI. When completed, the Eco Village will have 18 units and is expected to be the largest net-zero project in the nation, meaning it will produce more energy than it consumes. With an array of environmentally friendly products, Kafka Granite has partnered with Eco Village to help create a beautiful and sustainable landscape.

Eco Village will be utilizing both Permeable Paver Grit and Standard and/or Stabilized Pathway Mix for the driveways, boulevards, sidewalks, and walking trails. The permeability of both products will significantly help Eco Village control storm water run-off, while creating a natural and aesthetically pleasing environment. Kafka Granite is excited to be a part of this efficient, ecological, state-of-the-art, and affordable community housing project. We will be following this project as it progresses, so say stay tuned for future updates!

To learn more about Eco Village, check out the St. Croix Valley Habitat for Humanity website or read this article featured in The LA Times. Want to become involved in this project? Learn how you can donate materials or volunteer your skills.

Want to learn more about Permeable Paver Grit, Standard and Stabilized Pathway Mix, or Kafka Granite‘s other environmentally friendly products for your next LEED certified project? Contact one of our knowledgable sales representatives for more information!

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WORK HARD, PLAY HARD

Kafka Granite challenges Kafka Conveyors to golf scramble: On a brisk September Saturday, the employees at Kafka Granite teed up for a round of golf, some drinks, and a whole lot of fun. Kafka Granite joined Kafka Conveyors & Equipment (owned by Glenn Kafka‘s brother, Jim) for the first ever Kafka Granite vs Kafka Conveyors Employee Golf Scramble.

The teams golfed 9 holes, at local Mystique Meadows Golf Course. After receiving a multitude of generous prize donations, the employees were able to compete for shortest putt, longest drive, and other fun competitions. After the golf tournament, the entire group gathered at Edwin Memorial Lanes, a nearby bar and restaurant, for a steak dinner.

We are grateful to have such a hardworking group of employees that share our core values. As a family owned and operated business, we enjoy gathering our employees and their families for some fun. We look forward to making the Kafka Granite vs. Kafka Conveyors Employee Golf Scramble an annual event.

Thank you, Kafka employees.