From Metal Factory to Architectural Innovator
Beyond the Horizon
When Bill Zahner joined the family business, in 1978, conventional wisdom said the company should stay local, as it had for nearly a century. But he decided the future was in high-end architectural work—the company did mostly roofing and siding— and to do that, it had to look beyond its home. "As a kid I was intrigued by these big projects that were done by famous architects," Zahner said. "There wasn't much architectural work in Kansas City, so I pushed the company to look elsewhere."