Crowther Roofing began in the Midwest, but the history of the Crowther family in America begins in Scotland and in the Arctic Ocean, as Lee J. Crowther’s great-grandfather, John, captained a whaling fleet through rough waters. The Scottish arctic explorer passed his thirst for adventure to his son, Alexander, who learned to pilot a ship before he entered his teenage years.
Alexander emigrated from Scotland to America, earning his way from Ellis Island to the Midwest in the 1900s. Shipyard building work took him back to Glasgow, where he had a son, Thomas, and then back to America, where an older son was waiting. Thomas Crowther, Lee J. Crowther’s father, was a teenager in Scotland when his father sent for him to join him in America.
The United States was in the middle of a building boom, and Alexander Crowther and his son found plenty of work in the Midwest. When a job brought them to Joliet, Illinois, Thomas Crowther set down roots there, establishing the Thomas H. Crowther Roofing Company in 1955. Lee J. Crowther, Thomas’ son, began working in the family business shortly afterwards.
The company became L.J. Crowther Roofing Company when Lee and his brother, Scott, became the company’s principals in the early 1970s. Lee J. and Scott Crowther began Crowther Roofing & Sheet Metal in Fort Myers, Florida, in 1975. In addition to Lee J. Crowther’s ongoing service to the company, Crowther family members work in numerous divisions of the company, from the ranks of upper management to the sheet metal shop to the front lines of customer service.
Today Lee J. Crowther continues as our Chairman of the Board. His son, Lee Scott Crowther, President, also serves as Chief Executive Officers.
Crowther is an organization comprised of three offices in beautiful Southwest Florida, Fort Myers (Corporate Headquarters – since 1975), Naples, and Sarasota, and one office on the East Coast, in West Palm Beach, serving the East Coast of Florida. We are a company that offers the combined energies of over 400 employees and 275 service vehicles and are members of various trade organizations, including the NRP (National Roofing Partners).
We are nationally ranked in the top–10 of our industry and have annual sales that are approaching $100,000,000. We are guided by a customer-centered philosophy and strive to create a positive impact in the communities in which we are located.
While our sales have grown profoundly since Hurricane Charley, we remain a family company; we continue to strive to deliver the highest standards of service and product, excellent quality, and above all, we are always cognizant of our client’s trust.