Standard Roofing Company was founded in Montgomery, Alabama in June, 1945 as a local, residential roofing contractor. The senior partner was H.W. Taylor. W.L. Taylor, brother of H.W. Taylor, joined the new company in 1947.
The post-World War II economy was robust and the firm grew quickly, moving from Montgomery-area residential jobs, to commercial jobs, then to local government projects at Maxwell Air Force Base.
W.R. Taylor, son of H.W. Taylor, joined the firm in 1948 following his service in the War and subsequent graduation from college. In the early 1950’s, the Company became active in the Capehart Housing Program for the United States Military. The Capehart project involved Standard Roofing with jobs across the Southeast, as well as locations in California, Hawaii and other distant sites. Capehart was the basis for the Company’s growth from a local to a national roofing contractor. A key to Standard’s future would be establishing a fully-operational New Orleans branch during that same period, in 1955.
As the military housing projects and post-war building boom began to wind-down in the late 50’s, Standard Roofing began to pursue work related to the 1960’s “Space Race”.
From the New Orleans office, the Company launched its efforts to pursue work at nearby Michaud and Stennis Space Centers, as well as Johnson Space Center in Houston. In addition to the building boom triggered by NASA, the New Orleans office worked on the massive task of rebuilding the city after Hurricane Betsy in 1965 and the Mississippi Gulf Coast after Hurricane Camille in 1969. The Montgomery office took on other large NASA projects, such as the one at Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, which involved roofing work on the Vertical Assembly Building – the largest building, by volume, in the world. The most interesting “60’s experience” for the Company, however, was roofing the John F. Kennedy Memorial Hospital in Liberia, on the “Dark Continent” of Africa.
The 1970’s witnessed unprecedented growth in the industrial construction market. Standard Roofing Company was a major participant in the nation’s expansion of its manufacturing capacity. During the 70’s, Standard’s Montgomery office installed roofing systems on the sprawling Phillip Morris cigarette factory in Richmond, Virginia; the Charmin Paper Products plant in Albany, Georgia and the Miller Brewing Company plant, also in Albany. These three facilities amount to over 3.1 million square feet of roof area, all of which was originally installed by Standard in a single, 3-year span. It was in 1976 that Standard Roofing established a branch office in Atlanta, to take advantage of growth opportunities in that city, as well as the Mid-Atlantic States.
Not to be outdone, the New Orleans office was highly successful with its share of “mega-projects” during the 70’s. The Superdome in New Orleans, built in 1973, bore a Standard Roofing label for the first 23 years of its existence. A number of New Orleans skyscrapers – such as One Shell Square, Place St. Charles and the Riverfront Hilton & Towers received quality roofs from Standard Roofing. In the industrial sector, Standard’s New Orleans office topped large facilities for General Motors in Shreveport and Eagle Stores in Houston.
The nation’s industrial building boom began to wane in the late 70’s, but the early 1980’s would see Standard Roofing Company take on the largest contract in Company history. In 1982, Standard Roofing landed the roofing and related work on Conoco Oil’s World Headquarters in Houston, Texas. The Conoco job was not only massive in scale, but the scope of work was highly complex. Coupled with the ravaging affects of a hurricane that damaged the building midway through construction, the Conoco project would test the Company’s “mettle”. The job started in 1983 and continued to 1986. Standard Roofing Company was obviously up to the Conoco test. Indeed, the facility still carries a “Standard” label, nearly 22 years after completion.
During most of the early 1980’s, however, the nation’s economy suffered severe recession. Among the industries most affected were chemicals and oil. The state of Louisiana, highly dependent on these businesses, was particularly affected by the recession. Many projects were cancelled and large new construction work became scarce. After a successful 30-year run, the New Orleans division manager announced his retirement in 1985 and the office was subsequently closed in 1987.
Standard Roofing was nevertheless poised for continued growth. The city of Atlanta, bucking the national trend, began to grow in the early 80’s – a trend which would continue, nearly unabated, for the next 20 years. In addition to its expansion in Atlanta throughout the 1980’s, the Company also established a local reroofing/maintenance division at its Montgomery headquarters in 1982. For its entire 37-year existence to that point, Standard Roofing had primarily pursued new construction work, far beyond the boundaries of its home state. However, it became apparent that those many post-World War II roofs installed in the 50’s and 60’s had reached the end of service and needed to be replaced. The reroofing “experiment” started small, but grew steadily. All the while, the Atlanta branch was growing on a varied diet of large, new jobs including the massive $200-million addition to Grady Hospital in Atlanta; the new Anheuser-Busch Plant in Cartersville, Georgia; the Northrup Airplane Factory near Perry, Georgia; a big facility for General Mills in Covington, Georgia; a Wrigley Chewing Gum factory in Flowery Branch, Georgia and the Trident Submarine Base at Kings Bay. The new branch also pursued Atlanta-area school construction. Some of the largest schools in the Atlanta area, built during the city’s population explosion of the 1980’s, are still protected by Standard’s quality installations, more than 20 years after original construction was completed. During this period, the third generation of Standard Roofing Company ownership began when G.L. Taylor, son of W.R. Taylor, came on board in 1984.
In the early 1990’s, Standard’s reroofing program moved into high gear. What had started as an “experiment” in the 1980’s for the Montgomery division, was now a company-wide movement. As opposed to new construction, that could be pursued and managed from long distances, reroofing and maintenance is a “local”, service business which requires quick response to customer requests. After all, when a roof is leaking over a manufacturing operation, plant managers expect an immediate response to service calls. Answering the calls, Standard Roofing established two more branch offices, one to cover the Gulf Coast, and a second office to service the “Mid-South”.
The Birmingham (mid-south) office was immediately successful. The division landed its share of local projects such as reroofing the Birmingham-Jefferson Civic Center, the Birmingham International Airport, Golden Poultry Products in Russellville, Alabama; the Callahan Eye Foundation Hospital in Birmingham, Middle Tennessee State University in Murfreesboro and Metro Schools in Nashville. Standard Roofing’s success in Birmingham continues today with a solid, 14-year track record and long-time clients such as Alabama Power/Southern Company, Buffalo Rock/Pepsi, International Paper, HealthSouth Digital Hospital, Cooper Green Memorial Hospital, TVA, the Ross Bridge Hotel & Conference Center, Mississippi Power Company and General Electric.
In 1996, shortly after establishing its Gulf Coast branch, Standard Roofing participated in rebuilding northwest Florida’s “ Emerald Coast” following the destruction left by Hurricane Opal. The Company reroofed several hundred thousand square feet of schools, condominiums and shopping centers after the storm. In addition, the “South” branch performed reroofing work for big industrial customers like SYSCO Foods, ConAgra, HCA and Miller Brewing – as well as various institutional clients such as Mississippi Valley State University in Itta Bena and the University of Florida in Gainesville. Standard’s Gulf Coast branch is very active today from its fully-operational Pensacola location. In more recent years, Standard Roofing has responded to calls from many customers following the devastation left by Hurricanes Ivan, Dennis and Katrina. The wide-ranging list of "emergency response" Standard customers includes the Grand Hotel in Pont Clear, Alabama; Romar Place in Orange Beach, Alabama; Escambia County schools in Brewton/Atmore, Alabama; Tyndall Air Force Base in Panama City, Florida, as well as other private customers, from costal Louisiana to Florida. While serving the Naval Air Station in Pensacola, Standard Roofing executed a variety of reroofing and maintenance contracts. The Company provided emergency/hurricane response services for other owners such as the Pensacola Regional Airport; the Pensacola School District, as well as executing annual roof maintenance contracts with the Okaloosa (FL) Board of Education and Gulf Power Company.
At the core of Standard Roofing Company’s success – over 60 years after its founding – is the main office, based in Montgomery, Alabama. Three divisions service a variety of customers, from the same headquarters where it all started in June 1945. Standard Roofing USA, Inc. still manages larger projects “away from home”, such as the 300,000 square foot Tower Automotive in Mississippi, Hecht’s Department Stores in Nashville, Tennessee and South Carolina Mental Health in Greenville. Standard Roofing of Montgomery pursues reroofing projects throughout central Alabama, including International Paper in Selma, U.S. Food Service in Montgomery and school systems across the region.
Standard Roofing Services, the third division operating out of the Montgomery headquarters, maintains a service contract on Hyundai Automotive’s 2 million square foot complex in Montgomery. The owner, impressed with Standard’s performance during original construction of the massive facility in 2004, signed an annual contract for roof repairs, maintenance and emergency response - such as Standard’s same-day site presence only 4 hours after the 100 mph winds of Hurricane Ivan passed over the facility. In addition, Standard Roofing has become the contractor of choice for many of Hyundai’s suppliers, including Mobis Alabama, the largest of these suppliers, and owner of another original “Standard” roof, covering over 700,000 square feet of its new facility near Montgomery. The Services division also performs work for the U.S. Air Force at Maxwell Air Force Base (site of some of the Company’s earliest projects in the late 1940’s); Retirement Systems of Alabama; Auburn University; Albany International and Baptist Hospital, Montgomery – just to name a few.
As it secures more work in coastal Mississippi and Louisiana, Standard Roofing Company anticipates re-establishing a permanent office in that region as conditions dictate. Already, while working from Standard’s satellite office and manpower housing center near Gulfport, the Company has completed post-Katrina projects for NASA in Bay St. Louis, the Federal Aviation Administration in Gulfport, and General Motors dealerships in Louisiana.
Over the past 60 years, Standard Roofing Company has stressed Safety, Quality, Customer Service and, of course, training the best people. All of these core values are the underpinning of Standard’s mission to provide “ …..Committed To Our Customers' Success”. The mission resonates throughout the Company, as Standard Roofing crews work across the Sunbelt, responding to customers’ needs whenever, wherever.
The Company anticipates future growth, as it forges strong relationships with an ever-growing list of great customers.