Ask Allen Lancaster, president of Metalcrafts Inc., Savannah,
Ga., what his three greatest passions are, and his answer is
simple: "My family, my faith and my work. And the order depends on
what day it is."
Allen speaks animatedly about his wife, Donnie, their four
children and four grandchildren. He also speaks with great
enthusiasm about his faith, Catholicism, to which he converted
after marrying Donnie, who was raised Catholic.
But what's really striking is how dominant roofing is in his
life—and not just in the conventional ways you might expect.
Given that roofing is in Allen's blood—his father and three
uncles worked in the roofing and metal fabricating
industries—and that Allen took over as Metalcrafts' president
after his father retired in 1997, it makes sense roofing would be
well-integrated into his life. And Allen has been heavily involved
with NRCA since 1994, serving on
its board of directors, Executive Committee and just about every
other NRCA committee.
But it's in the smaller things: Walk into the Lancaster home in
Richmond Hill, Ga., a small community about 20 miles south of
Savannah, and you might notice the slate floor throughout most of
the house. It is the same slate Metalcrafts installed on The
Cathedral of St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in downtown
Savannah, one of the South's largest church buildings; Allen and
Donnie used leftover slate from the project to floor their home
when it was built. There also is a standing-seam copper roof
installed above the bookcase and fireplace in the...
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