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Leo J. Roth bullish on downtown resurgence

The newest member to join the family business, Leo J. Roth Corp., believes commercial development in the area, namely what is happening downtown, will have a positive impact on the company. 

“We’re excited about the growth that is coming back to the region,” said Kate Roth Hildebrandt, the firm’s special projects manager and fourth generation of her family to help lead the business. 

Leo J. Roth was founded in 1948 by Leo Roth as a sheet metal fabrications and roofing company operating out of his garage. It has since grown to offer mechanical/industrial contracting, commercial roofing, environmental controls, and heating, ventilation and air-conditioning systems design and service.

The business works with a number of major developers in the area, from Gallina Development Corp. to LeFrois Builders & Developers. Other jobs include work at New Era Field, the home of the Buffalo Bills, and Wegmans Food Markets Inc. 

Hildebrandt said any type of infrastructure development in the area is a good sign for the economy, whether it be more housing options coming to downtown or businesses setting up shop in the area. 

“That growth has a cascading effect,” she said. 

The firm’s geographic focus is the Greater Rochester area, but the company is trying to expand its presence in Buffalo. Leo J. Roth opened a Buffalo office in 2014. 

It is also growing the residential side of the business. The segment launched some 20 years ago, mainly through requests from commercial customers for Leo J. Roth to complete jobs at their homes. 

The business has a niche of completing work at older, larger homes, Hildebrandt said, as well as historic restoration projects. 

Hildebrandt joined the family business roughly three years ago. Her father, Thomas Roth, continues to serve as president and CEO. 

The business can employ upwards of 170 people during busy months, including skilled trades personnel, such as sheet metal journeymen, service technicians, software engineers and roofing installers.

Roughly 30 administrative staff members work in the firm’s 70,000-square-foot complex on Holt Road in Webster. The company moved from its headquarters on Clifford Avenue to the former home of Webster Plastics Inc. in May 1999.

Leo J. Roth has been working on Gallina’s downtown project, the Metropolitan, a mixed-use building that was formerly the Chase Building. 

Lauren Gallina, Gallina’s marketing director, described Leo J. Roth as a good partner.

“As usual, they bring expertise, professionalism and care to every job they are on,” Gallina said.

3/3/2017 (c) 2017 Rochester Business Journal. To obtain permission to reprint this article, call 585-546-8303 or email rbj@rbj.net.


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