We're always thankful for the roof over our heads, but this month we're especially thankful for our client and the exceptional team of people at Total Roofing & Construction Services, Inc. The company history begins with a great story, or more specifically, a play called “By the Sea.” Gregory Cooper, founder and current president, was the superintendent for University of Chicago’s roofing project when he requested for a day off work to attend his daughter’s kindergarten play. When informed that taking a day off was not possible and that he would be fired if absent, Greg quit that afternoon and attended the recital. After attending his daughter’s play he decided to start his own company. In 1986, the company was formed to provide income and the flexibility to raise his family, and now his family is a part of running the business too. Not only do they do excellent work, but they have their values and priorities set straight!
The first office was Greg's quaint house in Dolton, IL. The company phone was his home number and all the roofing equipment was stored near the back of the house. After developing a local reputation and numerous clients he relocated to a retrofitted office building in Thornton, IL. That building was the old Thornton brewery, a famous Al Capone hangout spot. During the late 90’s and early 2000’s to-do projects included: World Music Amphitheater (Now-First Midwest Bank Amphitheater), Alpine Valley Music Amphitheater, Intercontinental Chicago Hotel, Westin Hotel Chicago, and other high raises that required a bigger workforce and warehouse. In 2000, operations moved from the old Thornton Brewery building to an old restaurant in Dolton, IL. The founder grew up one block away from today’s location, but chose it for proximity to service the Chicagoland and the Northwest Indiana region.
Today, the kids are grown up and involved in all aspects of Total Roofing & Construction, Inc. from project managing, administrative assistants, safety, marketing, and sales. Anyone you contact from their operation is as committed to residential and commercial roofing as the president. As the next generation begins transitioning over responsibilities many of their founding principles and workmanship remain the same. If you have any roofing, window, siding or exterior work need for your residential or commercial property, these are they guys to trust!
Read our fun Q & A below with Phillip Cooper, Project Manager:
Q: What is your favorite type of roof and why?
We love the architectural shingle roofs because the many options with different colors and the before/after effect.
Q: What has been one of your favorite projects?
The World Music Center Theater (now Hollywood Casino Amphitheater) in Tinley Park, IL. That project, although a challenge at the time because it rained practically everyday delaying completion, is one we will always remember.
Q: What has been your proudest moment at Total Roofing?
Last year our company outing was at Six Flags Great America. It was great to enjoy a day of fun for the workers and their families.
Q: What would you like your clients to know?
We've been installing and servicing roofs since 1986 and during this time, we've come to realize that it's much more economical to be pro-active rather than reactive with home improvements.
Q : What is your favorite type of donut?
The girls in the office are very fond of chocolate frosted cake donuts, but the men in the office are all about maple donuts with a piece of bacon.