Lasting success

In 1986, NRCA published One Hundred Years of Roofing in America to commemorate the association's centennial. This year, NRCA has revised and updated the book, and One Hundred Twenty-five Years of Roofing in America debuts at the 2011 International Roofing Expo.® As readers of the book will learn, the industry is full of roofing companies with storied histories. What follows is Professional Roofing's tribute to three such companies.

Henry C. Smither Roofing Co., Indianapolis

Founded in 1868, Henry C. Smither Roofing was one of the founding members of the National Association of Master Composition Roofers, a forerunner of NRCA. Company founder Henry C. Smither served on the Indianapolis City Council and originally manufactured materials used for gravel and asphalt roofing. Pictured is a roofing crew circa late 1800s, Henry C. Smither and current company president Bill Bubenzer.

J.A. Piper Roofing Co., Greenville, S.C.