Upon entering the small building that houses The Melanson Co.
Inc. in downtown Keene, N.H., several things become apparent:
First, the "small" building is not small at all—it extends
farther than the building's façade suggests and includes, in
addition to offices and meeting rooms, an entire precision metal
fabrication plant. And the next thing that becomes obvious is that
the company that functions within this building is no ordinary
company—it is one with an extensive past and rich
The Melanson Co. was founded in 1932 and has since become a
flourishing business with a strong local reputation. And Rob
Therrien, The Melanson Co.'s president, has helped establish and
works to maintain the success of the company, which was acquired as
Al Melanson Co. in the early 1950s by Therrien's father, Robert W.
Therrien Sr., and uncle, Maurice.
"I became involved in roofing as a child growing up in the
family business," Therrien says. "Quite frankly, it was a function
of your father's a roofer, therefore you get to dabble in roofing,
and I never left."
The Melanson Co. has been an NRCA member since 1963, and Therrien's
father served on NRCA's board of directors and various
NRCA committees. He
also was president of the North/East Roofing Contractors
Association (NERCA) and earned its highest honor, the Clarence Carr
Award. He encouraged his son to become involved with...
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