The year 1939 was an extraordinary year by any standard. Consider this: World War II was brewing, the first Batman comic was published, the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown opened, CBS began television broadcasting and Charles Lesniak established Ferguson Roofing.
While life back then was very different from today, many of the initial qualities inherent to Ferguson Roofing continue to endure. One such quality is the company’s proven ability for innovation. For example, Mr. Lesniak created a niche in the market place by specializing in re-roofing work. To build the business, he continued to “think outside the box” and contacted insurance adjusters. He offered to serve as inspector on claims for residential roof damage. The concept worked! It generated income and formed positive, mutually beneficial relationships with adjustors and homeowners. The success set a precedent for the company’s next 70 years.
Over the years, coming up with innovative ideas proved to be “hereditary” at Ferguson Roofing. When next generation CEO David Shupp, Mr. Lesniak’s son-in-law, joined the company in 1974, he introduced an approach that blended the company’s long standing tradition of good business practices with aggressive marketing strategies. By the end of the decade, Ferguson had expanded its services into the commercial and light industrial markets.
Mr. Shupp’s next innovation was to respond to the inevitable growth of St. Louis and the growing needs of its people. Ferguson expanded its services throughout the entire metropolitan St. Louis area and into the developing St. Charles county area (and now in Metro East Illinois). In 1996, Ferguson Siding and Guttering was formed to offer a full line of exterior services to their customers.
Innovation continues to thrive with the third generation now operating the business. For brothers Brett and Jason, green is not a color at Ferguson Roofing, it’s a focus and passion. The “Think Green” process is applied on every front. Ferguson investigates and tests the newest environmentally sound products and techniques, often before they even hit the market. Additionally, Ferguson is a devout recycler – from old shingles at the job site to copier paper in the office.
What is next on the horizon for Ferguson Roofing? There are projects being developed all of the time. Whatever it is, the safe bet is it will incorporate honorable business practices with innovative, cutting-edge technology and products and quite possibly a Shupp on-site skippering the project!