Washington’s Oldest Family-Owned Businesses

Washington Business Journal’s List of Oldest Family-Owned Businesses Wagner Roofing is proud to be ranked #11 in the Washington Business Journal’s recent list of Oldest Family-Owned Businesses. Visit the Washington Business Journal to access the full... read more

Two Weekend Anniversary Parties Highlight Powerful Washington Businesses

Two Weekend Anniversary Parties Highlight Powerful Washington Businesses The Four Seasons Hotel turned 35, and Wagner Roofing turned 100. By Carol Ross Joynt The other honoree this weekend was Wagner Roofing. Who? Take a look at the firm’s list of clients, easily a match for the Four Seasons roster: the White House, the US Naval Academy, the Maryland State House in Annapolis, DC’s Old Post Office Building, Lincoln’s Cottage, the Mormon Temple, the Smithsonian Castles, and the Washington National Cathedral. We could go on, but do we really need to? Chuck and Sheila Wagner hosted a party on Saturday night at Congressional Country Club to mark 100 years since Wagner’s grandfather, Otto, founded the company in Northeast DC. (It is now based in Hyattsville, Maryland.) It’s not often that a Saturday-night country club party also features a display of tools. But this one did, including mallets, hammers, stakes, cleats, and soldering irons. Oh, and cocktails and sushi, too. Sheila and Chuck Wagner, vice president and president of Wagner Roofing Company, at the 100th-anniversary party their company held on Saturday evening at Congressional Country Club. Click here for full... read more

Students Touch New Steeple at Maryland Church

Students Touch New Steeple at Maryland Church August 25, 2014 marked the culmination of 10 months of Wagner Roofing working closely with the parish of Holy Redeemer Catholic Church in Kensington MD to replace their steeple. The original 1962 steeple collapsed and fell onto the church roof from the 70’ high bell tower during the devastating derecho storm  of June 29, 2012. Wagner worked with the Church’s insurer to establish an upgraded replacement scope of work. Wagner hired a structural engineer to perform a complete existing condition survey of the bell tower and develop schematic and construction drawings for the project. Copper Craft of Grapevine TX was enlisted as the steeple manufacturer that designed and fabricated the new spire and cross. A local steel erector was subcontracted to install new support steel and set the 34’ main spire and 8’ cross atop the existing bell tower. Coincidentally, the installation happened to coincide with the first day of school for Holy Redeemer’s 430 students and their parents. All children were given the opportunity to touch the new cross as it lay on the lawn prior to being hoisted 100’ into the air to be set atop the steeple where it will retake its position as the neighborhood landmark. Father Mark Hughes said “What a great opportunity for these kids to be able to drive by here years from now and point out to their kids the cross, noting that they touched it before it went all the way up there where no one else will ever touch it.” Wagner will complete installation of a copper standing seam roof tying the... read more

How I became a family firm’s first non-family president

How I became a family firm’s first non-family president… Wagner Roofing has been around for 100 years, 99 spent under Wagner family leadership, most recently owners Chuck and Sheila Wagner. That changed this year when Dean Jagusch, a nonfamily member and New Zealander, was tapped for the president’s job. Now he plans to build on the company’s century-old groundwork — with touches of his own leadership style. What did you do before Wagner? I spent 11 years with a local operating unit of a large roofing consolidation. I worked there in various roles — estimator, project manager. I became the local operating unit president and then, most recently, was working on the corporate side running a region of 12 offices for them. Why did you choose Wagner? I had an interest in getting back closer to the core business. Chuck Wagner and I had connected, and it was obviously very appealing that he had a 100-year-old, family-owned business that’s been well established in the Washington area. Wagner works on a lot of unique and very interesting buildings, and I definitely had an interest in that side of the business. Since I’ve been here, some of the more significant buildings that we’ve worked on have been the DAR Constitution Hall, the National Shrine, obviously the Cathedral — we’ve done some stuff on there — and the U.S. Naval Academy. Were those unique projects part of the reason you were attracted to Wagner? Absolutely. It’s trying to create your own kind of marketplace or really distinguish yourself from the pack. I think Wagner’s done a tremendous job of that, and obviously... read more

“The goal is to grow. We don’t want to stagnate.”

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Behind the career: Dean Jagusch

Article originally published in the Washington Post Position: President of Wagner Roofing Co., a roofing and sheet metal contractor based in Hyattsville. Dean Jagusch developed an interest in the trades at an early age as he helped his dad around the house. After high school, he began a four-year apprenticeship at a plumbing company, and eventually worked his way to lead a $3 million contract for a plumbing company. A competitive triathlete, he decided to take a few years off to compete in races in the United States. Seeking a more stable income, Jagusch left racing and worked for a sheet metal mechanic company in Baltimore for 11 years, becoming a regional president, before arriving at Wagner Roofing, where he’ll be the first non-family member president in the company’s 100 year history. What are the challenges you foresee in being the company’s first non-family member president? One of the biggest concerns I had was the company had taken on the personality of Chuck Wagner, who ran the company for the last 25 years. I knew that would be an issue. I want to be cognizant of the stewardship required of me in this role. I also know that I have to add my own style and dimension. How will you navigate that? The company already has a culture and style of its own. I’m trying to impart my style into it. A lot of it comes down to being given the reins to interact with the people on a consistent, day-to-day basis so that everyone gets used to it. The goal is to grow. We don’t want to stagnate. As... read more

Triathlete competes in a new event — running a roofing company

I grew up in New Zealand. At an early age, I really took an interest in working with my hands and building things. I would often help my father around the house. We also had a family friend with a successful plumbing business and I would tag along with him on weekends or holidays. I thought that profession made for a great lifestyle, so instead of going the university route I decided to do a four-year plumbing apprenticeship.

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A Brand New Belmont Mansion

We joined Wagner Roofing at the Belmont Mansion Wednesday night, as the firm celebrated its 100th anniversary and showed off restorations it just performed at the historic New Hampshire Avenue building. Wagner helped restore the portico roof and repaired leaks that had damaged the 105-year-old building.

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“Nodding to the past, but with an eye to the future.”

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President Announcement

Friends and colleagues- Wagner Roofing reaches its 100th anniversary nodding to the past, but with an eye to the future. I’m thrilled that my family’s business has achieved this milestone and become one of Washington’s roofing and restoration contractors of choice and a nationally-respected leader in the industry. And I’m grateful to all of the customers and partners who have supported us over the past century. As we envision what Wagner Roofing will look like a decade or a quarter-century from now, I am pleased to announce the appointment of Dean Jagusch as Wagner Roofing’s new president. In the time that he’s been with Wagner Roofing, he’s demonstrated a keen sense of the company’s distinction in both the roofing industry and in the local community, and the responsibility of building on that foundation. Moreover, he shares my grandfather’s Otto Wagner’s commitment to producing work of the highest standard and cultivating the next generation of craftsmen in the field. Dean joined us with a unique mix of skills necessary to keep us ahead of the curve – possessing a deep technical knowledge of our craft as well proficiency in project management and an intuition for leading and developing teams. He honed his skills in key positions with a national roofing consolidation and one of their local operating units, and holds degrees from Unitec Institute of Technology in Auckland, New Zealand, and Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management. As for me, I will continue to be involved with the company’s customers and projects, while completing a book about our company’s first 100 years in the roofing industry.  Entering our second century,... read more

IFD Metal Presentation

IFD Metal Presentation The International Federation for the Roofing Trade (also known as the IFD) will be presenting awards in four categories this year at their annual conference. The award categories are Pitched Roof, Flat Roof, Metal Roof and Façade Wall cladding.   Wagner Roofing has submitted the work we did at Mahan Hall at the US Naval Academy in two of those categories. This is our submission for the Metal Roof... read more

IFD Slate Presentation

IFD Slate Presentation The International Federation for the Roofing Trade (also known as the IFD) will be presenting awards in four categories this year at their annual conference. The award categories are Pitched Roof, Flat Roof, Metal Roof and Façade Wall cladding. Wagner Roofing has submitted the work we did at Mahan Hall at the US Naval Academy in two of those categories. This was our submission for the Pitched Roof... read more

For Whom the Bell Tolls

Wagner Roofing restores the copper roof system on Capitol Hill Church. Capitol Hill Church in Washington, D.C., is home to a “Christ-centered, God-fearing, spirit-filled” Seventh-day Adventist congregation. Capitol Hill Church’s mission is to spread the gospel of Jesus Christ with loving and open hearts.

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Salvaging History

Washington, D.C., has been the U.S.’ capital and government hub since 1790, and you would be hard-pressed to find a U.S. city with a richer culture and history. A piece of that history, one of Washington’s oldest synagogues, is located in the city’s Chinatown neighborhood at the northwest corner of Sixth and I streets—Sixth and I Historic Synagogue.

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Restoring History – Wagner Roofing repairs Jewett House’s tile roof system

Jewett House, a four-story English Georgian mansion, was built in Washington, D.C., in 1905. It was purchased by Marjorie Merriweather Post in the 1970s for the Boy Scouts of America and then by the Bauman Family Foundation in 1987. The building currently houses the foundation and its tenants. The Bauman Family Foundation was initially funded by Lionel R. Bauman, a lawyer and businessman who was a partner in the real estate development firm Eugene M. Grant & Co., New York. The foundation—which provides funding for local, state and national organizations with a focus on the arts, economic development, education, the environment, public policy and research—currently is managed by Bauman’s daughter, Patricia. Patricia and her husband, John Landrum Bryant, had previously hired Wagner Roofing Co., Hyattsville, Md., to replace the leaking roof on their Washington townhouse and had been pleased with the work. So when Jewett House’s roof system needed to be replaced in 2003, Wagner Roofing submitted a bid and won the project. Click to Read More at... read more

A Landmark Project

Wagner Roofing reroofs Georgetown University’s Healy Hall Georgetown University was built in 1789 in Washington, D.C., and is the U.S.’ oldest Catholic university. The main campus’s Healy Hall was built between 1877-79 and is named for Patrick Healy, the first black president of a major American university. Healy Hall, a Flemish Romanesque building, was added to the D.C. Inventory of Historic Sites in 1964 and the National Register of Historic Places in 1971 and was named a National Historic Landmark in 1987. Georgetown University’s current president’s office is located on Healy Hall’s second floor. When Healy Hall needed its original slate roof system replaced because of leaks, university officials asked Wagner Roofing, Hyattsville, Md., to perform the work. Click to read... read more

A Work of Art

Wagner Roofing Co. performs an installation on the dome-shaped roof system of the Kreeger Museum “I’d like you to design me a museum. But don’t tell your partners that we’re going to live in it…

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Golden opportunities

NRCA recognizes outstanding roofing projects with its Gold Circle Awards. Every year since 1995, NRCA has recognized outstanding contributions to the roofing industry by honoring NRCA members who have met these standards of achievement in four categories: outstanding workmanship, innovative solutions, service to the community and service to the industry.

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