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JD Candler Roofing Company History

JD Candler rich history

Original Name: Candler & Wrench

Current Name:  JD Candler Roofing Company, Inc.

Founded in 1879 by James DeForest Candler and Charles Wrench as Candler & Wrench. Prior to this venture James was associated with Candler Brothers Builders, a ship building company. Candler and Wrench was originally a hardware company but also did furnace work, jobbing repair and sheet metal work. James D. Candler eventually bought out his partner, Charles Wrench, and changed the name of the company to J.D. Candler & Company. As J.D. Candler & Company continued to grow over the years, James broadened its scope to include the roofing trade. 

In 1910, James D. Candler incorporated the business and renamed it  J.D. Candler Roofing Company. The company’s attention eventually turned entirely to roofing and sheet metal. By 1928, the company was using about a million pounds of asphalt roofing materials and fifty thousand pounds of sheet copper a year. The company has worked on some of the largest buildings in the Detroit area over the years such as the Ford Motor Company, the Packard Motor Car Company, Michigan Central Rail Road, Fisher Body Corporation, Fisher Building, and the Masonic Temple.

The Company is currently owned and operated by business partner’s Tom Brown and Ken Kreichelt.  They continue the Candler legacy of being “On top since 1879”.