Company Name: Olsson Roofing Company, Inc.
Owners: Bill Lynch, Jeff Thompson, Mike Herlihy and Others
Location: Aurora, Ill.
Open since: 1914
What you do: Commercial and residential roofing; architectural sheet metal
RC: What are the top reasons why the company is still successful and how do you explain its longevity?
CC: Great employees, loyal customers and excellent service. We focus on our customer’s needs whether it’s new, re-roof or service. And because we work with so many manufacturers we can always provide what they want.
RC: What are the challenges in your market and how have you overcome them?
CC: The challenges in the market are a direct result of the number of competitors. Many of them specialize in a particular type of roofing system or product and they have become very proficient at it. I’m not sure we’ve overcome these situations, but we offer various alternatives that might be a better fit for their particular roofing problem or application.
RC:What are the advantages/disadvantages to being a company with such a long tradition?
RC: What does having a 100-year history mean to you and your employees?
CC: It’s a remarkable accomplishment that provides great employment opportunities in these uncertain and ever-changing times. It also shows that we truly care about our employees and their families.
RC: What advice do have to current or future roofing contractors that might only dream of being in business for a century?
CC: It’s no longer just a family business. But it’s a great business and we run it like a business!