COVID-19: Affecting Every American Industry
The past few weeks have been unsettling for many Americans, and that is quite an understatement. Just like many of you during this unprecedented time, we here at Executive Roof Services are working hard to weather this crisis and keep our employees and clients safe and healthy. While there are certainly many things to worry about, we’ve also found examples of leaders in the roofing industry giving back to their communities, and this news heartens us. We hope you will be, too.
Duro-Last Makes Medical Personal Protection Equipment
Duro-Last is based out of Saginaw, Michigan. The company is the largest manufacturer of thermoplastic roofing systems. It was announced on March 30, 2020, that the company will be making gowns and face masks to contribute to the national shortage of medical PPE (personal protective equipment). The company’s expertise in manufacturing both flexible PVC and flexible fabrics allowed it to go from prototype to production to delivery in just one week. The gowns are water and fluid-repellent due to the flexible PVC. The reusable masks are made from polyester and PVC, and they are also washable. The CEO of Duro-Last Tom Saeli said, “This is about helping health care professionals in any way we can and at the same time keeping people employed. I am very proud of and impressed by the people in our company who quickly developed these products. Our country is full of tremendously smart, entrepreneurial people who can bring timely solutions to this unprecedented need. The need is real, and I believe it’s our obligation to act now. If the efforts of our team inspire just one company to join this fight, it will be worth it.”
Denver Roofing Company Converts Van to Deliver Food
A roofing company out of Denver, Colorado has converted its supply van into a food delivery van to help their community during the current COVID-19 crisis. When asked about the decision to convert the van, Foothills Roofing owner Armando Jacox said, “What else can we do? What else can we offer our community to help out here? So, it hit me all of a sudden. I said, ‘Why don’t we repurpose the van and do delivery runs free of charge?'” Jacox hired two delivery drivers for the van and hopes to partner with other community providers such as food banks to help those in need during this time of crisis.
Roofers Give Away Free Roof to a Healthcare Worker
In Richland, Washington, the CEO of Black Diamond Roofing, Josh Shupe, has teamed up with GAF Roofing and MacArthur Company to give away a free roof, including labor and materials, to a healthcare worker as a way to give back during the COVID-19 pandemic. Shupe got the idea from his brother, Jake Shupe, who owns Barracuda Coffee Company. At the coffee shop, Shupe’s brother developed a program to sponsor cups of coffee for healthcare workers while they work long hours. Shupe hopes that the roof giveaway inspires others in the community to help those in need.
Michigan Roofing Company Offers Free Emergency Roof Repairs
In Ottawa County, Michigan, The Roof Dr., a local roofing company, is offering free emergency roof repairs in response to the governor’s stay-at-home order. Owner Dan Hendricks said, “Home improvement kind of takes a back burner during these trying times. People are spending more on food than they ever have. We wanted to take that out of the equation.” The company has repaired dozens of roofs in a week and plan on continuing the repairs for as long as the stay-at-home order remains in effect. Hendricks says that he hopes his company’s good deeds will inspire other roofers and contractors to join him and offer free repairs as well.
Massachussetts Roofing Company Coordinates Efforts to Donate Masks to Hospitals
Adam Quenneville Roofing, a local roofing company that is based out of South Hadley, Massachusetts, recently coordinated efforts with other roofers and contractors to donate any available N-95 masks and protective eyewear to Baystate Health, a medical service provider in the community. Owner Adam Quenneville said, “I am sending an urgent plea to our brotherhood of local contractors to please donate any new inventory you have. Together we can fight this virus by taking care of the healthcare providers who need protection. Mary Persaud, a representative of Baystate Health, said, “Words cannot express how thankful we are to have the support of local contractors to donate their inventory… at this critical time.”
Government Relief for Small Businesses and Individuals
The above roofing contractors make us proud to be a part of this nation’s roofing industry. However, not every company has the resources to provide services for free. However, there are government programs available to assist small businesses during this crisis. If your business is struggling, make sure to read up on the recent federal coronavirus relief program, the CARES Act.
Executive Roof Services: High-Quality Roof Repair in Portland
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