Korellis Roofing Completes $2M Expansion – 45 New Jobs to be Added

Korellis Roofing Completes $2M Expansion – 45 New Jobs to be Added

Korellis Roofing announced the completion of its $2 Million expansion plan in Hammond, Indiana including material storage renovation, expanded sheet metal operations, new office space, exterior improvements and the creation of a training center. Committed to the community, the organization celebrates its 57th year in Hammond retaining 145 employees and plans on an additional 45 full-time new jobs in the coming years.

“With the help from the roofer’s union, we were successful with securing the ability to expand the apprentice/journeyman ratios, thereby opening up additional employment opportunities to individuals. We are consciously being more proactive in our efforts to attract, train, and hire new individuals into a roofing career,” stated owner, Pete Korellis.  “With the outstanding support from the City of Hammond, Indiana Economic Development Corporation, and the union construction industry, Korellis Roofing is able to continue our mission to grow our organization and our team.”

The Indiana Economic Development Corporation offered Korellis Roofing Inc. up to $210,000 in conditional tax credits and up to $40,000 in training grants based on the company’s job creation plans. These incentives are performance-based, meaning until Hoosiers are hired, the company is not eligible to claim incentives.

“Indiana continues to celebrate its business climate, which ranks first in the Midwest and top five in the nation,” said Indiana Secretary of Commerce Jim Schellinger. “Companies like Korellis Roofing have access to a skilled workforce and an economic environment that is ripe for growth in Indiana, allowing them to prosper and create good jobs for Hoosiers. We will do our part in taking Indiana to the next level by developing a diverse economy, ensuring Hoosiers are equipped with the skills needed for 21st century jobs and shaping our communities into places where people want to live, work and play.”

The training facility will assist in utilizing days unsuitable for roofing to deliver in house training to individuals for continued development in roofing techniques. This training will supplement the mandatory training through the apprenticeship programs, and ultimately provide Korellis with the highest-skilled roofing mechanics. The company is also exploring and developing continuing education opportunities for professionals within the management team including but not limited to active memberships in trade associations.

“It is our goal to see Hammond thrive and business expansion is key for the City of Hammond. We are pleased that Korellis Roofing and the Korellis family decided to further their facility footprint in our community, reinvesting in their operation and employees,” said Phil Taillon, Executive Director of Planning and Development.  The City of Hammond offered additional incentives and façade improvement grant with the assistance of the Lake County IN Economic Alliance.

Internally, Korellis Roofing will integrate systems into the current operation and invest significant dollars in new software implementation and training of employees to increase efficiency and effectively support future growth. The hiring of a Workforce Development Manager, Dan Stella, plus the addition of more project managers and estimators, are in conjunction with these efforts.