Company credits focus on quality and relationships as keys to longevity.
There are many reasons a company exists for 120 years, but innovation and quality are the distinguishing marks for Kansas City engineering and fabrication firm A. Zahner Company.
Founded in 1897 as Eagle Cornice Works by Andrew Zahner, the company has adapted as needed. From cornices to industrial metal work and construction, A. Zahner has emerged as an international, award-winning producer of architectural metals and facades.
A. Zahner, headquartered at 1400 E. 9th Street, celebrated 100 years in 1997 and plans its 120th anniversary observance later this year.
CEO and President L. William Zahner, the great-grandson of the founder, initiated the focus of working with architects and artists, another innovation. That has led to creative exterior projects for museums, music halls and office buildings globally. A. Zahner also designed, engineered and manufactured the façade for the National September 11 Memorial and Museum in New York City.
Robert Zahner, the senior vice president and another great-grandson, said A. Zahner’s client relationships are one of the company’s proudest achievements. Zahner said well-known architects tell him they are more confident about their project with A. Zahner on the job.
“Keeping that reputation of quality is the lifeblood of our company,” Zahner said.