Priority One: Jobsite Safety

We are serious about safety at Cornell Roofing and Sheet Metal. From our sheet metal shop to projects for the tallest commercial buildings in the Kansas City region, we follow stringent safety protocols to protect our crews and customers.

The process starts even before we bring on new hires. All Cornell Roofing employees complete a Safety Training course during pre-employment orientation in compliance with OSHA requirements. Each employee is expected to obey safety rules and to exercise caution in all work activities. Cornell team members must immediately report any unsafe practice or condition to their supervisor and HR Manager. Such reports are necessary to comply with laws and initiate insurance benefits procedures.

Every person seeking a position with Cornell Roofing and Sheet Metal must have a minimum of his or her 10-hour OSHA Certification, pass a drug test as part of our continued commitment to a drug-free work environment and also pass a physical administered by a third-party company specializing in workplace safety and employee health to ensure they are able to successfully meet the physical requirements of the job.

In our unwavering commitment to make safety our top priority, Cornell Roofing and Sheet Metal engages a third-party safety consultant for independent review of our safety program and all projects. This ensures safety measures and best practices are being followed every step of the way on every project.

To learn more about Cornell Roofing and Sheet Metal, visit www.CornellRoofing.com or call 816-252-8300.

Commercial Roofing Outlook

The commercial roofing industry, like all industries, has doubled-down to weather unprecedented business disruptions over the the past couple of years. Companies across the nation like Cornell Roofing and Sheet Metal have been dealing with price increases, project delays, supply chain issues, and worker retention. Yet, the future for our industry looks positive.

Industry analysts predict at least 5% year-over-year growth through 2030 for the roofing industry as a whole. In the commercial roofing industry specifically, sales remain strong. In fact, a recent survey of commercial roofers conducted by Roofing Contractors Media and Clear Seas Research reported that 71% anticipated substantial to moderate revenue growth in 2022.

Cornell Roofing and Sheet Metal is one of those companies forecasting continued growth in our Kansas City market in our 95th year. Over the past few years, we have experienced record-breaking sales and organizational growth year over year, with no sign of that slowing down. Cornell is poised to grow with roofing maintenance, roof replacements and new commercial roofing installs across a variety of segments, including healthcare, education, government and general commercial construction.

To learn more about Cornell Roofing and Sheet Metal, visit www.CornellRoofing.com or call 816-252-8300.


The commercial roofing industry, like all industries, has doubled-down to weather unprecedented business disruptions over the the past couple of years. Companies across the nation like Cornell Roofing and Sheet Metal have been dealing with price increases, project delays, supply chain issues, and worker retention. Yet, the future for our industry looks positive.

Industry analysts predict at least 5% year-over-year growth through 2030 for the roofing industry as a whole. In the commercial roofing industry specifically, sales remain strong. In fact, a recent survey of commercial roofers conducted by Roofing Contractors Media and Clear Seas Research reported that 71% anticipated substantial to moderate revenue growth in 2022.

Cornell Roofing and Sheet Metal is one of those companies forecasting continued growth in our Kansas City market in our 95th year. Over the past few years, we have experienced record-breaking sales and organizational growth year over year, with no sign of that slowing down. Cornell is poised to grow with roofing maintenance, roof replacements and new commercial roofing installs across a variety of segments, including healthcare, education, government and general commercial construction.

To learn more about Cornell Roofing and Sheet Metal, visit www.CornellRoofing.com or call 816-252-8300.

Women in Construction

In March, we not only celebrate Women’s History Month and International Women’s Day (March 8), we also take time to recognize Women in Construction Week (March 6-12). This is a week sponsored by the National Association of Women in Construction (NAWIC) to celebrate the contributions and achievements of women in our industry, as well as the enormous opportunities for growth.

Being a certified Woman-Owned Business Enterprise, Cornell Roofing and Sheet Metal understands the important role women have in our industry. Our Owner and President, Mary McNamara has paved the way for many – women and men – in our rapidly growing industry. Under Mary’s leadership, Cornell Roofing and Sheet Metal has broken records for revenue growth year over year – a huge accomplishment for a company that is nearly 100 years old.

While women make up 47% of the entire employed population, they represent just 10.9% of the workforce in the construction industry. However, we see that tide changing, not only in commercial roofing, but across the construction industry in general. Industry analysts are predicting an additional 2 million jobs will be added in construction in 2022 alone. This is a prime opportunity for women seeking positions in the skilled trades, management, and executive leadership. Women are encouraged to consider construction as a rewarding career path with an abundance of opportunities.

To learn more about Cornell Roofing and Sheet Metal and our team, visit www.CornellRoofing.com or call 816-252-8300.

Getting “Schooled” in Commercial Roofing

Since Cornell Roofing and Sheet Metal was founded in 1927, we’ve completed thousands of commercial roofing and building projects for diverse purposes and industries. In addition to a wide range of various general commercial, healthcare and government buildings, Cornell has developed strong expertise in projects within the educational and academic institution building space.


Cornell Roofing and Sheet Metal has partnered with multiple school districts, colleges and university systems across the Kansas City region. Our crews are skilled in new construction, re-roofing and specialized projects for educational facilities from elementary, middle and high schools to housing, learning, recreational and research buildings on university campuses.


We are extremely proud of our work with these institutions of learning. To learn more about Cornell’s portfolio of work, check out our gallery of some recent projects here, visit www.CornellRoofing.com or call 816-252-8300.

National Safety Month

June 2021 marks the 25th year for National Safety Month, sponsored by the National Safety Council. Safety is paramount in our line of work at Cornell Roofing and Sheet Metal. Whether installing new roofing 10 stories high in Kansas City’s skyline or fabricating in our sheet metal shop, Cornell crews take safety seriously.

A lot has changed when it comes to safety since our company started in 1927. While there are many more protections in place, you can never take safety for granted. We continuously look for ways to maximize and enhance safety protocols for our crews. National Safety Month is a reminder for us – and all construction companies – about the importance of working toward our common goals of reducing workplace injuries and accidents, and improving safety on our job sites.

This year, the National Safety Council recommends a focus on the following safety topics to bolster Safety in the workplace:

  • Prevent Incidents Before They Start: Identifying risks and taking proactive safety measures to reduce hazard exposure on everything from ergonomics to chemical management is important in creating a safe workplace.

 

  • Address Ongoing COVID-19 Safety Concerns: While we are making strides against COVID-19, the pandemic remains. Employers play an important role in the return to physical workspaces, building trust around vaccines, mental health and much more.

 

  • Ensuring Individual Security on the Job: Being able to work without fear is necessary for an inclusive safety culture. Leading organizations focus not only on physical safety but psychological safety as well.

 

  • Ongoing Advancements to Your Safety Journey: Safety is all about continuous improvement. Whether organizationally or individually, the National Safety Council has resources to lend a hand. Visit NSC.org for more information.

 

To learn more about Cornell Roofing and Sheet Metal, visit www.CornellRoofing.com or call 816-252-8300.

Cornell Roofing Named Large Business of the Year

Cornell Roofing and Sheet Metal is honored to be recognized by the Independence Economic Development Council (IEDC) as the Large Business of the Year. The award was presented to Cornell Owner and President, Mary McNamara at the IEDC’s Annual Independence Business Awards Ceremony, May 13, 2021 at the Stoney Creek Conference Center. 

Honorees for the Independence Business Awards were nominated by other business leaders in the community. The Large Business of the Year award recognizes companies with 50 or more employees who are engaged in the growth and development of opportunities for the Independence community. As a business that has made Independence home for over 94 years, Cornell Roofing and Sheet Metal is dedicated to supporting our local community and grateful to be the recipient of this award. 

 

Other honorees included:

  • Apex Aleworks, Small Business of the Year
  • West iNd Connection, Nonprofit Business of the Year
  • Classy Canines, Start-up Business of the Year
  • Wine Down 109, Hospitality Business of the Year
  • Little BBQ Joint, Philanthropic Business of the Year
  • Goad Manufacturing, Best Place to Work

Congratulations to all the other award winners. Thank you to the Independence Economic Development Council for presenting this program and for the work you do to support the businesses in our community. To learn more about Cornell Roofing and Sheet Metal, visit www.CornellRoofing.com or call 816-252-8300.

Celebrating Administrative Professionals

Our Cornell Roofing and Sheet Metal crews working in the field and in our shop are on our project front lines delivering top-quality work for our customers. But there are Cornell team members working “behind the scenes” whose work is just as important to our success; the professionals of Cornell’s administrative team.

This month, we are celebrating National Administrative Professionals Day on April 21st (the Wednesday of the last full week in April each year). This is an opportunity to recognize the vital role individuals in administrative positions play in business. At Cornell Roofing and Sheet Metal, we value our administrative team and appreciate all they do to contribute to our success.

Cornell Roofing and Sheet Metal’s daily administrative functions for human resources, accounting, scheduling, reporting and service are managed by a team of experienced professionals with industry expertise. These folks keep our office operations running smoothly to support our leadership team and crews in the field, ensuring we meet and exceed our customers’ expectations. 

The hard work and dedication of our administrative professionals does not go unnoticed. Join us in celebrating our amazing administrative pros at Cornell Roofing and Sheet Metal! 

To learn more about Cornell Roofing and Sheet Metal, visit www.CornellRoofing.com or call 816-252-8300.

Longevity: 4 Keys to 94 Years in Business

Cornell Roofing and Sheet Metal is among a handful of locally owned and operated businesses in Kansas that have sustained across multiple generations, nearing or past the 100-year mark. As a business that has been operating for over 94 years and is still growing, we are sometimes asked about our key to success. This kind of longevity can’t be attributed to one single key; it involves many factors in addition to sheer hard work and determination.

 

 

 

Here are four keys to our success at Cornell:

Team of Champions

The people at Cornell are what drives our success. Our engaged group of skilled professionals are passionate about their crafts. We’re united in delivering the highest quality results for our customers. Giving your team the respect they deserve and resources they need to grow and thrive in their careers will go a long way.

Innovation

Change is the one constant in business. Being open to new ideas, methods, technologies and processes not only gives you a competitive edge, it can also help you improve your service to customers and optimize your bottom line. 

Flexibility

Expect the unexpected. As so many companies have seen over the last year, changes outside your control can drastically impact your business. Consider the what-ifs, have a contingency plan, get creative and be ready to shift gears as needed to protect your business and continue your commitment to customers.

Community

Never forget where you came from. Being involved in your community is not only good for business, it is vital to creating an environment for success in which your company – and your community – can thrive. This includes investing time and donating to local community efforts as well as supporting industry associations that provide resources for your company and team. 

 

Whether you’ve been in business nine months or over 90 years, these keys can help you stay grounded and serve as a foundation for growth. At Cornell, we are excited for what the future holds and celebrating the milestones ahead. To learn more about Cornell Roofing and Sheet Metal, visit www.CornellRoofing.com or call 816-252-8300.

Withstanding the Test of Time

 

As a company that has been serving the Kansas City region for 94 years, Cornell Roofing and Sheet Metal has seen many changes through the years. We’ve played a role in helping build the Kansas City skyline you see today. Our industry has grown and remained strong due in large part to the early development of trade groups, such as the Builders’ Association and the National Roofing Contractors Association (NRCA) – some of the oldest industry associations in the country.

In 1887, a group of construction industry representatives came together to form the Master Builders’ and Traders’ Exchange in Kansas City, Missouri. This evolved to become the Builders’ Association and remains headquartered in Kansas City. The mission of the Builders Association is to provide high-quality and valued services that contribute to the betterment of their individual members and the construction industry overall. They offer a broad range of support services and resources for every facet of the construction industry, including everything from education and safety to government regulations and marketing. 

In 1886, the National Roofing Contractors Association (NRCA) was established. NRCA is headquartered in Rosemont, IL and is a central source for informational, educational, technical and advocacy resources for their 3500+ roofing industry members across all 50 states and 53 countries worldwide. 

While entrenched in history, these organizations are shepherding advances in the roofing industry. Their support, insights and resources are vital to companies like Cornell in our efforts to drive continual improvements for safety and quality. Trade organizations help build the foundation for success across for roofing contractors and the construction industry as a whole.

To learn more about Cornell Roofing and Sheet Metal, visit www.CornellRoofing.com or call 816-252-8300.

Cornell Recognized in Community Leader Video

Cornell Roofing and Sheet Metal was proud to join a group of businesses who came together recently to lend support to the Independence Chamber of Commerce and their efforts to continue building a business community of excellence. The Chamber provides invaluable resources and support for businesses in our area and the community in general. The Chamber graciously recognized the initiative taken by these “Community Leaders” in a series of videos that were aired by local broadcast TV stations. View the spot featuring Cornell here.

To learn more about Cornell Roofing and Sheet Metal, visit www.CornellRoofing.com or call 816-252-8300.