Neighbors, Roofers, Businessmen
Weddle and Sons got its start back in 1998 when three brothers--Eric, Allyn, and Tim—agreed to help some friends replace their old farmhouse roof. The boys, ages 17, 15, and 13 respectively, had their hands full with the steep two-story house with its 4 layers of old shingles, but after completing that project they figured they could manage just about any job. Maybe this had more potential as a summer job than mowing lawns (though they did a little of that on the side too).
Initially they called the business “E.A.T. Roofing,” using their initials. It didn’t take them too long to reconsider that when they heard their suppliers snickering every time they called in to order materials. The name “Weddle and Sons” didn’t score highly for creativity, but it accomplished the dual purpose of getting rid of “EAT” and also implying some adult involvement in the firm. To be fair, Weddle—Mark Weddle, their father—did play a significant role helping the boys get the business going, and has been at various times a financer, landlord, lead generator, company officer, and once or twice got up on a roof to help out too. He continues to be a trusted advisor to the company.
In June 2001, Weddle and Sons incorporated in the state of Kansas. By this time, all three boys were old enough to drive and the company boasted 2 trucks (one of them an old Blueville Nursery dump bed with an unwieldy manual transmission) and 1 highly-impractical utility trailer. What they initially lacked in operational efficiency, they made up for by hard work and long hours… and by hiring lots of their friends.
Over the years the company has grown consistently and is firmly established as a leading roofing contractor in the area. Allyn is now the managing partner. Eric spent 5 years with a management consulting firm in Chicago, has recently returned to the business full-time to support future growth initiatives. In 2013 the company brought on long-time friend and experienced roofer Sam Lyon to help open a branch in the Lincoln, Nebraska region. This branch has grown rapidly, and the company recently opened a new office near 70th and O Street.
The brothers are thankful for the many current and former employees who have helped build a solid community-based business and are looking forward to many more years of delivering great service to clients.