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June 13, 2017

2017 Recognition of Achievement of Zero Injury

NECA has presented LVC’s Arizona branch with the 2017 Recognition of Achievement of Zero Injury.

They state, “NECA’s Recognition of Safety Achievement program is an elite safety recognition focused on recognizing thriving companies that excel in multiple areas of their safety and health programs. Awards are given to member companies that consistently have OSHA recordable injury and fatality rates at levels lower than the industry standard, and implement internal company safety practices above and beyond basic compliance. The Zero-Injury Recognition recognizes those member-companies that have worked a full calendar year without recordable incidents.”

Our employees are committed to workplace safety, and we appreciate their daily dedication to making this a reality.

May 16, 2017

We Are Now LVC Companies

The Low Voltage Contractors name and logo has been recognized as a symbol for quality and service since 1982.  In our 35-year history, LVC has experienced many exciting changes and periods of significant growth.  Our success has come from visionary leadership and attracting key talent which has been instrumental in building the company LVC is today.

Low Voltage Contractors was a name that gave us the latitude to build and expand under several disciplines including fire alarm, integrated security, and structured cabling among others. In the past few years we have added services and divisions such as Sprinkler, Door Hardware, Industrial and Suppression.  We have expanded our geographic footprint, and added strategic acquisitions.   The name Low Voltage Contractors no longer accurately encompasses the full range of our services, capabilities and expertise.

CEO, Bob Hoertsch explains “We have always been a forward-thinking company that adjusts to market trends to ensure that we will provide the products and services that are vital to our valued client base now and for the future. Our company name and logo should encompass the visionary company we have always been and the diverse company we have become.”

President, Bert Bongard says, “We have been successful because of our exceptional people and culture; they have been instrumental in the LVC brand we have built.  Because of our growing diversity, the time has come to re-brand to something more in line with who we are today.   This initiative gives us an umbrella under which we can continue to expand our products, services, and locations through our next phases of growth.”

Effective immediately, the name and logo “Low Voltage Contractors” will be re-branded as LVC Companies, Inc.  LVC’s new logo and refreshed brand image communicates to both current and potential clients that we are an innovative and diverse company with a commitment to excellence for every client we serve.

May 09, 2017

We Have a New Safety Slogan

The employees here at LVC were tasked with the challenge of coming up with the newest safety slogan. Although there were many great submissions, only one could be chosen as the winner.

Congratulations to Jesse Weber for his creativity in his 2017 safety slogan!

Life
Value
Commitment

Stay safe with LVC

Be on the lookout for this slogan to be used throughout the year!

April 25, 2017

Chris Kantorowicz Named Outstanding Apprentice for the 2017 Graduating Class

We would like to extend congratulations to Christopher Kantorowicz on his achievement as Outstanding Apprentice for the 2017 Limited Energy JATC graduating class! Chris achieved this award as a result of his classroom performance, participation during class, willingness to mentor other apprentices, and consistently exceptional employer evaluations.

April 17, 2017

LVC Adds a Door Hardware Division

On April 3, 2017, LVC added to their already comprehensive product and service offerings with the addition of a door hardware division. This move provides our client base the opportunity to have their security and door locking hardware done by LVC rather than a third tier subcontractor.

To provide this service, LVC has hired highly technical and well respected talent with years of experience in the door hardware industry. Once again team LVC brings value and convenience to our client base

“Having the ability to perform this aspect of our integrated security solution makes us more competitive, gives us greater control on project outcome and adds to the disciplines we self-perform,” says Bert Bongard, president.  “We are always looking for ways to perform better, be more efficient and achieve improved results. This initiative brings this to life.”

April 10, 2017

2017 Installer of the Year

We are excited to announce that LVC has won the SAMMY Award for Installer of the Year. We are incredibly proud of the work that our team puts in everyday to make this award possible. Thank you to the award judges, our wonderful clients and our outstanding team!

To view the full list of finalists and winners, please visit the Security, Sales, and Integration website.

April 04, 2017

Congratulations to our April anniversaries

We are grateful to have you on our team. You hard work and dedication is always appreciated. Thank you!


Jeff Goettig – April 4th (1 yr)
Jon Mark – April 4th (1 yr)
Brent Bouchard – April 6th (1 yr)
Chris Kantorowicz – April 7th (3 yrs)
Darren Sabinske – April 8th (4 yrs)
Ron Padelford – April 8th (4 yrs)
Joe McFadden – April 11th(1yr)
Larry Gilbert – April 11th (1 yr)
Ken Roberts- April 13th (2 yrs)
Greg Pett – April 17th (11 yrs)
Brandon Oshust – April 20th (2 yrs)
Nick Ebnet – April 20th (1 yr)
Ian Page – April 25th (12 yrs)
Jake Kaiser – April 25th (1 yr)
Adam Wagner – April 27th (2 yrs)
Diane Eden – April 27th (2 yrs)
Bob Tallarico – April 28th (3 yrs)
Rob Dossey – April 28th (3 yrs)

March 09, 2017

Celebrating LVC work anniversaries in March

Congratulations to the employees celebrating their anniversaries in March! We cannot thank you enough for your dedication over the years.

Rachel Mantalica- March 2nd, 2 years
Andy Hoertsch- March 8th, 13 years
Tim Steinke- March 9th, 2 years
Wendy Patrick- March 10th, 20 years
Christine Schultz- March 12th, 5 years
Dave Johannsen- March 13th, 11 years
Scott Scheffer- March 21, 1 year
Matt Gingerich- March 22, 18 years
Jeff Nelson (CFO)- March 26th, 9 years
Dave Bieniek- March 31st, 9 years

February 14, 2017

How To Use A Portable Fire Extinguisher

Robert Allee, service manager, demonstrates the basics of using a handheld fire extinguisher in this quick :60 second video.  Rob offers fire extinguisher training for office groups as part of his division services.  Contact Rob at 952-278-1058 to learn more about fire extinguisher training or to schedule a class.

February 08, 2017

Immediate Opportunities For Trained Technicians

Low Voltage Contractors has immediate opportunity for trained technicians. You must have a Power Limited License and background in fire alarm, security and/or structured cable. If that’s you, do yourself a favor and get in touch with Low Voltage Contractors. Watch this video to learn more and apply on our website.

February 01, 2017

Congratulations to our employees celebrating work anniversaries in February!

Congratulations to our employees celebrating work anniversaries in February – we appreciate all you do to make LVC great!
Mike Bobinsky, Feb 11 | 11 years
Glen Anderson, Feb 17 | 2 years
Matt Neuberger, Feb 18 | 3 years
Chris Graham, Feb 22 | 1 year
Zach Delsman, Feb 23 | 2 years
Mike Kellner, Feb 24 | 25 years
Chris Wrobel, Feb 28 | 5 years
Keith Kranz, Feb 28 | 12 years

January 24, 2017

LVC Names New President

The start of a new year has brought many new and exciting changes for LVC. Due to continued growth and company vision it has been imperative to execute a strategic plan that positions the company now and for continued future success. This plan has been in motion and has now been announced company-wide. With the announcement, some key promotions and appointments were made, setting the stage for another remarkable year and the focus on the future.

Effective immediately Bob Hoertsch will be assuming the CEO role and is promoting Bert Bongard to President. Bob has been involved in the fire alarm and security industry since 1971 and has enjoyed almost 30 years with LVC. “It was important to take what we have built so far, and continue moving toward our future vision”, says Bob. He further explains, “We have remarkable talent and adding and filling some key leadership roles with those individual positions will help us achieve our next level of success.” Bob will remain active at LVC and looks forward to the exciting years ahead.

Bert joined LVC in 2011 and came with over 25 years of combined industry experience in multiple facets of business. Bert started out as a technician and rose through the ranks and has held many positions including executive management and ownership within the industry.
Bert’s first order of business when joining the LVC team was to establish and build a structured cable division. Recruitment of a successful team of industry talent along with leadership led to the rather quick establishment of that department. “It was an important step for LVC,” explains Bongard, “giving us the infrastructure to be a single source provider for technology systems.” After three short years, Bert was promoted to oversee sales for all our installation divisions including fire alarm, integrated security, and structured cable – a position which he held for another two years.

In January 2015, Bert again assumed a larger role with LVC and was named Vice President of Sales and Marketing. In addition to amazing revenue growth in that two-year period, Bert directed the sales alignment transitions with the acquisition of J.N. Johnson by LVC. In May 2015 LVC added a fire sprinkler division and an industrial fire suppression division. The acquisition of J.N. Johnson in May 2016 gave LVC the full capabilities as a national, full-service fire protection and life safety contractor.

Bert’s vast experience and successful background made this an obvious transition for him and the company. Bert has a track record of building successful businesses and he has done so with extreme dedication, creativity, respect, savvy decision making and forward thinking. “Success comes down to some basic principles. You must be passionate and dedicated to what you are doing and always keep an eye on the future of things. You must be and set the example people can respect and trust. Making decisions, however tough at times, requires as much information as possible while keeping emotions at bay. Most of all it’s all about recruiting and cultivating the right people while empowering and supporting them to perform at high levels”.

Keith Kranz was promoted to Sales Manager – with responsibility for managing the fire alarm, security and structured cable sales reps in Minneapolis and Rochester, MN and Eau Claire, WI. Keith has been an employee of LVC since 2005 and has held many roles including service manager, technical consultant, system sales and market development. His most recent assignment was in establishing our regional office in Rochester, MN. In addition, Keith is always involved with new company initiatives or ventures, is active in the security industry and has been recognized by PSA as a Rising Leader.

Just over three years ago, Brian Gould moved from service manager in Minneapolis to branch manager at LVC’s Tempe Arizona office. At the time, Brian saw the potential in that market and had a vision for how to take the branch and grow it. In the last three years, Brian and his team have more than doubled the size of that location. Brian’s professional growth has led to his promotion to Operations Manager. After a transition this spring Brian will be relocating back to Minnesota and will oversee the installation and project management teams at the Minneapolis headquarters.

Brian’s pending departure from the Phoenix office provided an opportunity for another long time LVC employee to be promoted and assume the branch manager role. Gary Laborg was promoted to Arizona branch manager. Gary was instrumental for the inception of our Phoenix office in 2009. It was his client who asked that LVC have a Phoenix presence so we were better able to take care of their large operation in that market. Gary started with LVC in 2001 as a technician in the field, and his quality of work and service set the stage for his entrance into the office as a project manager and eventually an account executive. Gary has cared for his clients taking on a hybrid role of sales and project management. This combination has proven successful and has made him one of our top account reps year over year.

Brian Andes was promoted to Suppression Manager. Brian was a former employee and returned to LVC in December 2015. He spent that time away building a reputation in the industry as a fire protection expert. He is responsible for solving many complex scenarios over those years and thrives in designing systems that are solutions for protecting high value and critical assets. “I had a vision for this department,” says Andes, “and I was thrilled to be named to the Industrial Fire Division Manager role.” In this role, Brian will be instrumental in growing our business ventures for heavy industrial and mission critical applications.

While many moves were made official at one time, the synergy’s and framework have been building over last few years. “LVC has been a respected and trusted partner for many years,” says Bongard, “and we need to maintain a strong management team to continue carrying our reputation and vision for growth forward. Our focus is to drive the LVC brand while continually striving to become stronger than ever before.” “I am proud to be serving as President and excited for the future of LVC”.

In addition to the newly added or promoted positions, also on the management team for LVC include the CFO Jeff Nelson, Hibbing branch manager Corey Kangas, portables service manager Robert Allee, service manager Don Day, marketing manager Robbie Danko, director of project management Zach Delsman, and installation manager Jeremy Hanzel.

January 20, 2017

LVC Helping Prepare Site for St. Paul Winter Carnival Snow Park

LVC is part of the crew getting things ready for this years MN Snowpark. According to their Website, “The mission of Snow Park at the Fair is to host the premier multi-day event of the Saint Paul Winter Carnival by providing free, family-friendly entertainment activities that appeal to children and adults of all ages. We strive to make the Minnesota State Snow Sculpting Competition one of the best state competitions in the country, with the winners advancing to nationals. By accomplishing this, we showcase the great city of Saint Paul and the State of Minnesota.” We are thrilled to be part of such an important event for the community!

January 13, 2017

LVC’s 2016 Ronald McDonald House Christmas Gifts – Another Record Year!

At the end of 2016, the LVC community once again rallied around an important cause – The Ronald McDonald House. A Ronald McDonald House is that “home-away-from-home” for families so they can stay close by their hospitalized child who is seriously ill at little or no cost. This year as a result of generous employee donations, a company match from LVC, and discounts from Kohl’s department stores we were able to donate over $10,000 in apparel, accessories, games and other gifts to families receiving services from the Ronald McDonald houses in Minneapolis, Rochester, and Phoenix.

January 03, 2017

LVC January Work Anniversaries

Congratulations to our employees celebrating work anniversaries in January. We appreciate all you do to make LVC great! Erika Feeney Jan 1 | 5 years; Pete Jensen Jan 5 | 2 years; Jack Jarvis Jan 6 | 21 years; Lisa Vorwald Jan 6 | 1 year; Brandon Lewis Jan 11 | 1 year; Mitch Leighton Jan 12 | 2 years; Ryan Westberg Jan 13 | 14 years; Chad Newberg Jan 14 | 9 years; Scott Gunderson Jan 16 | 5 years; Robert Vandenbos Jan 24 | 12 years; Mark Snodgrass Jan 26 | 2 years; John Hazen Jan 30 | 22 years.

December 21, 2016

LVC’s Dan Westberg Ringing Bells and Spreading Cheer

LVC’s Dan Westberg donates time to bell ringing this season for the Salvation Army. The bell ringing season starts each November and runs through Christmas Eve, when the red kettles are packed away for the season. Volunteers are the difference between an empty kettle and one that raises about $30 per hour – enough to provide a family with two bags of groceries, or shelter an individual for a night.

December 16, 2016

Review Your Building Security

A review of your security cameras, access control, door locks and burglar alarms is important this time of year. Protect your employees and customers by making sure all aspects of your security system are functioning properly. Watch this video to learn more. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WXinPgALgqE

December 01, 2016

Congratulations LVC Employees Celebrating Work Anniversaries in December!

Congratulations to all of our employees celebrating work anniversaries in December – we appreciate all you do to make LVC great! Jerry Chang, Dec 1 – 2 years; Brian Andes, Dec 3 – 1 year; Lisa Carbajal, Dec 8 – 5 years; Dean Eggen, Dec 9 – 11 years; Richard Peterson, Dec 9 – 3 years; Jeremy Hanzel, Dec 10 – 15 years; Rachel Seurer, Dec 15 – 23 years; Dan Westberg, Dec 26 – 31 years; Dale Buetow, Dec 27 – 5 years; Charles Barker, Dec 29 – 1 year; Don Day, Dec 30 – 3 years; Josh Benson, Dec 31 – 2 years.

November 10, 2016

Having the right structured cable and network infrastructure in place is important for continuing business operations and staying ahead of changing technology.

Structured CableVoice, video, data, and other electronic means of communicating are important to keep your business running. Everyday things that affect your IT infrastructure happen; buildings are remodeled, new tenants move in, or systems wear out. Having the right structured cable and network infrastructure in place is important for continuing business operations and staying ahead of changing technology. Low Voltage Contractors structured cable division works with developers, general contractors and tenants of all sizes providing consulting, design and installation of cabling systems.

Watch this Video about LVC’s structured cable division.

November 02, 2016

Congratulations to LVC employees celebrating work anniversaries in November.

We appreciate all you do to make LVC great!

Gene Lake Nov 1, 37 years

Cesar Mariscal Nov 1, 6 years

Jesse Weber Nov 3, 2 years

Tyler Allgood Nov 3, 2 years

Chad Christenson Nov 5, 9 years

Scott Bahr Nov 10, 2 years

Brian Gould Nov 13, 10 years

Tony Morris Nov 13, 1 year