Roger Kreps Announces His Retirement and the Closing of Roger Kreps Drywall & Plastering, Inc.
After 32 years as a leader of the Tri-State area’s commercial construction community, Roger Kreps announces his retirement and the closing of his perennially successful business, Roger Kreps Drywall & Plastering, Inc.
The Boardman, Ohio-based company specialized in drywall, metal studs, acoustic, EIFS, and carpentry work. Its work is found in a myriad of structures, ranging from K-12 and post-secondary education buildings, healthcare facilities, restaurants, corporate and retail structures, churches, and more. The company’s job base over the years evolved from small area commercial work to significant new construction and renovations, not only in the Youngstown area, but also in large metropolitan markets such as Akron, Canton, Cleveland, and Pittsburgh
Just a sample of the high-profile projects that benefitted from Roger Kreps Drywall includes:
- Boardman Public Library
- Cinemark Legacy 24 Theaters
- Extended Stay America
- Grove City College
- Grove City Prime Outlets Mall
- Mahoning County Joint Vocational School
- Old North Baptist Church
- Covelli Center
- Southwoods Executive Center
- T.D. Lambros Federal Building/U.S. Courthouse
- Victory Assembly of God
- Western Reserve Transit Authority
- Boardman St. Elizabeth Health Center
- Springfield Fire Station
- Kent State University
- Home Savings & Loan
- Cardinal Mooney High School
- Dick’s Sporting Goods
The company is also an important anchor in the local economic landscape, having consistently employed between 60-90 office and field staff, based on the driving principle: You’re only as good as the people around you.
“Our employees mean the world to us. They are the reason for our success,” Kreps said. “I would like to acknowledge all of the tradesmen and office staff that worked hard to help the business grow over the years. They are ones who should be congratulated. They are the ones who helped make our company successful.”
For 15 years, Roger Kreps and his employees held an annual golf outing in honor of a former employee, Vincent Troiano, who died of leukemia. Money raised from the event provided scholarships for post-secondary education for Vince’s daughter, Sarah, as well as other employees’ children throughout the years.
Helping the community and its employees comes naturally to Kreps, who is a native of Boardman and a former teacher and coach at West Branch High School. His love of construction started as a youngster, when he helped his dad on jobsites, first with easy work and gradually learning more challenging skills such as plastering.
Construction work also supported his college years while he earned his teaching degree. When he took the plunge into opening his own construction shop, he grew his one-man business into one of the most successful drywall and plastering companies in this region’s history. The company’s success over the years is evident by the several letters of thanks, governmental resolutions and media coverage found in the company boardroom.
Roger was also a strong supporter and long-time active member of The Builders Association of Eastern Ohio and Western PA. “Roger helped to grow the Association over the years as his company grew,” said Association Executive Vice-President Kevin Reilly. “It’s a bitter-sweet moment for us, because we are extremely happy and proud of Roger and all that his company has done for this region, but we will truly miss his leadership and energy.”
“My dad told me years ago: You’ll know when it’s time. I truly believe this is God’s plan for me. Now’s the time,” Kreps said.
His succession plan includes playing a lot of golf in Florida, continuing his commitment to health and nutrition, and spending time with his wife, Mary Ann, their children, and grandchildren.
“I am truly proud of our accomplishments and I look forward to my retirement challenges and adventures ahead.”