Advanced Roofing Tampa Expands Operations and Acquires 32,000 SF facility near the Tampa Airport, Adding New, High in Demand Jobs
Advanced Roofing Inc., Tampa Bay commercial roofing and solar energy contractors expanded its Florida West Coast operations with the acquisition of a 32,000-square-foot industrial building close to Tampa International Airport to house the firm’s fast-growing roofing, solar and electrical teams.
Advanced Roofing recently acquired the $2.4 million industrial building located on 7.14 acres at 4904 West Knollwood Street. As part of its statewide expansion, the Fort Lauderdale-based company and sister company, solar contractor Advanced Green Technologies (AGT), established a Tampa presence in 2015, buying roofing contractor Roth Bros. of Florida. Since then, Advanced Roofing and AGT have added a total of more 40 jobs, bringing Tampa staff to more than 70 employees. With both companies in the new facility, the company is currently hiring for its roofing and solar energy divisions. Advanced Roofing and AGT relocated in March 2020 from a 3,427-square-foot facility at 8507 W. Sunstate Street, Tampa.
Rob Kornahrens, the CEO, said, “With strong demand for our services, we had outgrown our old space for operations. The new facility enables us to grow strategically, with roofing, solar and electrical operations all supporting our pipeline of major private and public contracts in the Tampa Bay area. It also brings our team an appealing, convenient workplace,” he added, “the company surveyed employees before choosing the new Tampa location and will include recommendations from the team on modernizing new offices.
Advanced Roofing and AGT business in Tampa Bay and St. Petersburg has grown steadily since entering the market. Recent re-roofing and solar projects have included major government, corporate, and educational facilities. AGT is currently building over $12 million dollars worth of solar contracts in the Tampa area alone, with clients including Fortune 500 banking institutions, large private-sector manufacturers, and government agencies. One of AGT’s largest projects in the Tampa area was a $5 million solar carport project for Lockheed Martin in Oldsmar.
Advanced Roofing has a strong commitment to workforce development and creating opportunity for its employees, Kornahrens explained. To meet strong demand for commercial re-roofing and solar energy in the Tampa Bay region, the company takes a nontraditional approach by actively recruiting and providing fast-track training for military veterans and women, as well as foreign workers who are in the U.S. legally under Temporary Protected Status or H2B Visa programs.
The company also spearheaded the creation of the Florida Registered Roofing Apprenticeship Program, formed in 2015 with the Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) to help grow the talent pool of skilled roofers in South Florida. In 2019, that program expanded into the Tampa area, The three-year work/study apprenticeship program can lead to a career-making $50,000 or more yearly, without taking on any educational debt.