Reporter, Ron Davis

Albuquerque Business First 

May, 2020

After years of fielding inquiries to work on residential projects, National Roofing Co. can finally say “Yes." The Albuquerque company has launched a residential division.

National Roofing President Jackson Johns confirmed to Business First on Tuesday that the first residential projects under that division will start this month. Bill Younts, who Johns recently hired, will lead the division. 

The company had worked sparingly on some bigger residential roofing projects over the years, but about 98% of National Roofing's work was on the commercial side, Johns told Business First in August 2019.

"We've had to regrettably turn all that work away. ... We decided that after 30 years of people asking for it, we're finally going to get back into the residential market and try and bring the same high quality we're known for on the commercial end to homeowners," Johns said.

National Roofing is always hiring for its workforce, Johns said, but with the launch of a new division the company aims to bring on dedicated residential roofers. Because of a continued skilled labor shortage in the construction industry, Johns doesn't anticipate having a cap of hires to add onto the National Roofing team because of the market demand.

While the Albuquerque metro area housing market is performing strongly with record median sale price highs, the decision to add a residential division was less to jump on the demand for new housing construction and more to diversify assets within the company's portfolio. The Covid-19 pandemic — which forced many companies to work remotely — affected the number of jobs such as fixing roof leaks throughout 2020, Johns said.

"Diversity is safety and, as one market slows down, typically, another one kind of picks up," he said. "We need to be in as many market segments as possible just so we can continue to have work for our guys and be able to shift personnel assets to where the demand is."

Bill Younts, Division Manager,
and Josuel Martinez
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