Founded by James DeForest Candler and Charles Wrench, JD Candler Commercial Roofing Company has been one of the country’s oldest operating commercial roofers and has helped to shape the Detroit skyline since 1879.
JD Candler Commercial Roofing has roofed some of Detroit’s most iconic buildings for companies including the Ford Motor Company, Packard Motor Car Company, Fisher Body Corporation, Michigan Central Rail Road, the DAC, the Fisher Building and Masonic Temple. Many of these buildings would become known as the legendary “Arsenal of Democracy,” and birthplace of the world’s early auto, retail and industry pioneers.
Purchased in 1984 by Tom Brown, who has a long family history in the roofing industry, expansion and diversification would be key to maintain the superior workmanship and service that their customers have come to expect. This would lead to the purchase of McDonald Roofing and Sheet Metal Company in 1994, which would act as the project management and oversight division for commercial customers. In 2014, McDonald Roofing and JD Candler implemented RoofLink, which allows tracking of service calls and email notifications in real time. RoofLink also monitors and tracks roof repair and construction activity, all accessible through any electronic device. This new technology would bring this historic company into the future, continuing with the tradition of exceptional service.
Today, the two companies are owned and operated by Tom Brown and partners. Together, their experience and leadership continue to guide the business forward with the same work ethic and focus on customer satisfaction as James DeForest Candler had back in 1879. The goal of every JD Candler employee is to perform in a manner consistent with the legacy of pride and quality and that every project be completed on time with the same quality and workmanship as has been done for the last 140 years, and will be, well into the future.