From Metal Factory to Architectural Innovator

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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."