A Century of Roofing

1919

Our story started with Arthur Kersawe in 1919. He founded the company as primarily a residential roofing company.

1936

Robert Dreibus, Kersawe’s son-in-law, joined and purchased the company in 1936. Dreibus introduced low slope commercial and industrial roofing to the company.

1959

Dreibus incorporated Independent Roofing Company in Nebraska in 1959. Kersawe passed away when he was visiting in Germany.

1975

Bob Swanda joined the company in 1975 as a truck driver and became an important part of IRC.

1976

On January 1, 1976, A.B. ‘Bud’ Padon purchased IRC from Dreibus. As the years progressed, Padon continued to expand commercial roofing.

1997

In 1997 Swanda joined the Midwest Roofing Contractors Association as a director. He was elected to the executive committee in 2000 and was president of the MRCA in 2004. Bob joined the MRCA Foundation Board in 2006 and was president of the foundation until 2011.

2000

Swanda was elected to the MRCA executive committee in 2000 and was president of the MRCA in 2004. Bob joined the MRCA Foundation Board in 2006 and was president of the foundation until 2011.

2006

In 2006 IRC added sheet metal services as another offering for their clients.

2008

In 2008 MRCA presented IRC with the McCawley award – this is the highest award presented by the MRCA for service to the industry.

2016

Swanda purchased the company from Padon in 2016. He has continued to innovate and find new ways to care for the community. Year after year, IRC continues to invest in organizations like Omaha Home for Boys, Habitat for Humanity and contributing to scholarships for students.

2019

In 2019, Independent Roofing Company will celebrate 100 years of service to the community. IRC is the oldest roofing contractor in the Omaha area and ranks among the largest full service roofing contractors.

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