"By the Sea"
The play “By the Sea” played a pivotal role in the development of Total Roofing and Construction Services, Inc. Gregory Cooper founder and current president was the superintendent for University of Chicago’s roofing project when he requested for the day off to attend his daughter’s kindergarten play. Informed that taking a day off was not possible and would be fired if absent, that afternoon Gregory quit and attended the recital.
After attending his daughter’s play he decided to start his own company. In 1986, the company was formed to provide income and the flexibility to raise his family. Greg’s experience as a roofing apprentice and union journeyman provided him the skill, experience, and knowledge for installing a quality roofing system.
The first office was his quint house in Dolton, IL. Company phone was his home number and all the roofing equipment was stored near the back of the house. After developing a local reputation and numerous clients he relocated to a retrofitted office building in Thornton, IL. That building was the old Thornton brewery, a famous Al Capone hangout spot. During the late 90’s and early 2000’s to-do projects included: World Music Amphitheatre (Now-First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre), Alpine Valley Music Amphitheatre, Intercontinental Chicago Hotel, Westin Hotel Chicago, and other high raises that required a bigger workforce and warehouse. In 2000, operations moved from the old Thornton Brewery building to an old restaurant in Dolton, IL. The founder grew up one block away from today’s location, but chose it for proximity to service the Chicagoland and the Northwest Indiana region.
Today, the kids are grown up and involved in all aspects of Total Roofing & Construction, Inc. from project managing, administrative assistants, safety, marketing, and sales. Anyone you contact from our operation is as committed too residential and commercial roofing as the president. As the next generation begins transitioning over responsibilities many of our founding principles and workmanship remain the same. Our confidence to provide you a quality roofing system stems from because of our result in the past and belief in the future.