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Closer to the sun, roofers reduce work load, workday

An employee with Korellis Roofing of Hammond lays down seam tape on the roof of Hammond High School.

Tim Hunt | The Times

Korellis Roofing, one of the largest roofing contractors in Northwest Indiana, has pumped $2 million into its Hammond headquarters, which added a training center.

The 58-year-old roofing company has made extensive improvements to its base of operations at 1333 169th Street in Hammond over the last 18 months. Korellis has renovated its office, upgraded the exterior, upgraded material storage and created the Korellis Roofing Center.

Newly hired Workforce Development Manager Dan Stella, who has 15 years experience in the construction industry, uses the training center to train apprentices on how to install commercial roofing systems and use days with lousy weather to offer “in-house training for continued development, in an effort to attract and retain tradesmen and women,” according to a news release.

Korellis purchased the neighboring Purdue University Northwest Counseling Center for Couple and Family Therapy and completed renovations last month.

U.S. Rep. Pete Visclosky, D-Gary, and his Chief of Staff Mark Lopez recently toured the new facility.

“I appreciate the opportunity to recently meet with employees and tour the training facility,” Visclosky said. “I thank you for your commitment to ensuring safety, providing quality services, and creating career opportunities in the Northwest Indiana economy.”

The longtime family owned company, which employs 120 workers, recently became 100 percent employee-owned.

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Joseph S. Pete is a Lisagor Award-winning business reporter who covers steel, industry, unions, the ports, retail, banking and more. The Indiana University grad has been with The Times since 2013 and blogs about craft beer, culture and the military.