The year was 1908. It was a simpler time, where aviation and long-distance radio were still considered wonders and novelties of a new millennia. A mere decade had passed since the formal end of the Spanish-American War, and the United States was still only a few years short of entering into World War I.
In the small state of Rhode Island, a family company would emerge that would stand to change the industry of textile and roofing installations throughout generations.
When Thomas K. Chaffee Sr. came to Providence, leaving his small hometown of Faribault, Minnesota to live with his sister and her husband, he came seeking new opportunities and a chance to make a mark on a growing industry. The Industrial Revolution had paved the way for large mills and commercial buildings that would require impeccable maintenance and care in order to keep production streamlined. Thus, the Thomas K. Chaffee Company was born.
Throughout the years, Thomas K. Chaffee Company has seen its share of new ownership and even a new name, but it has always remained in the careful hands and guidance of family. From Thomas Chaffee’s son, Henry, to his grandson Steven, generations of Chaffee members have sought to bring the best and newest technology in commercial and industrial roofing products to New England. Countless brothers, sons, nephews and even wives have brought something to the table, and along with a high-quality team of roofing experts and service personnel we hope to continue providing stellar and ever evolving systems to our existing and potential clientele. We have installed over 30 million square feet of flat rubber roofing systems in our tenure, and have been trusted with many high profile and difficult projects that we have finished in a timely and professional manner. There is no job too big or too small, and nothing that we haven’t seen in the many years since Thomas Chaffee’s time as company President. Many of the largest roofing membrane manufacturing companies have awarded us their top honors for our attention to detail during and throughout installation, including Carlisle Syntec Inc., Firestone Building Products, and CertainTeed Saint Gobain, to name a few.
Now known as Chaffee Industrial Roofing, we are celebrating the 110th year of our founding; and with a fourth generation of management being carefully trained in the familial art, it is our desire that we continue the long-standing traditions of quality and expertise, from our family to yours. With so many years of knowledge under our belts, we hope that you will consider us for any of your flat and commercial roofing needs. Please explore our website for more information, and here’s to many more years serving the New England community!
By: Jessica L. Chaffee