It all began back in 1985 when Great Lakes Roofing was formed as a subdivision of Frank Taylor Lumber and Development. It was based out of Straits Building Center in St. Ignace, MI.
Because of the necessity for expansion Great Lakes Roofing purchased its own facility in Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan, separating itself from its Building Center sister companies.
An office and warehouse were purchased in Grayling, Michigan to better service its growing list of customers in the Lower Peninsula.
Blown in cellulose insulation was added to Great Lakes Roofing’s line of products and services.
Great Lakes Roofing was incorporated solely under its own name as Great Lakes Roofing and Insulation Systems, Inc. (GLR&IS) when Craig Miller and Kevin Kenney purchased the business from Frank Taylor. Kevin brings 20 years of roofing experience to the management team while Craig spent the last ten years building hotels, condo’s and restaurants for Taylor Lumber and Development and will bring his construction knowledge which will broaden GLR&IS’s capabilities.
Great Lakes Roofing and Insulation Services added several additional membranes as well as shingle and metal roofing to its line of roofing products. Blown fiberglass insulation was also added at this time.
Due to Michigan’s declining economic environment GLR&IS changed its mission statement to include a more travel-oriented sales and work force. In order to expand our reach efficiently, staff and equipment were added to facilitate this philosophy. A service department with dedicated repair personnel was implemented to insure our clients still received the best possible service response.
The new philosophy to expand our coverage area is a success as GLR&IS attains the coveted John R. Burt Award from Duro-Last for sales in excess of one million dollars for the first time in its history
GLR&IS opened an office in Vero Beach Florida to meet the increasing need of quality commercial roofers in the East and Central areas of the State.
GLR&IS purchased a spray foam insulation rig and now offers a full line of insulation products to serve both the residential and commercial needs of its customers. Great Lakes Roofing and Insulation Systems, Inc. have increased sales volume every year since its inception in 1986 and through the end of 2018 have installed around 13 million square feet of Duro-Last membrane.