Roofing Company Closes Without Doing 600 Roofs

6:29 PM, Oct 8, 2010   |    comments
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The Governor's Office of Consumer Affairs says it is investigating another company that reportedly shut down without providing roofs for hundreds of customers.

The state agency says it is looking into the business practices of Georgia Roofing and Construction, which is based in Douglasville.

On Friday, Shawn Conroy with the Office of Consumer Affairs said the investigation started a few weeks ago, after several consumers complained that they had paid for new roofs that never were installed.

In Central Georgia, Kelvin Collins of the Better Business Bureau in Macon says their office received at least two complaints Thursday from people with the same complaints.

Jamey Cooper is the former office manager for Georgia Roofing's Douglasville office.

She said Friday that the company has shut down,without installing nearly 600 roofs that customers paid for.

"Its a mess," says Cooper, who lives in Mableton. "You don't take people's money and not give them a product."

Cooper says company owner Shone Humphries told her and other employees on Thursday they could take Friday off with pay.

But on Friday, she says, Humphries called and told her not to come in Monday because the company had shut down. He said they planned to file for Chapter 11 bankruptcy, says Cooper.

She says she first noticed a problem about a month ago, when customers' installation dates kept getting pushed back.

She says some customers who paid for roofs in March still hadn't gotten the work done. She says other customers had been rescheduled five times.

When the company collected the initial check from a customer, Cooper says that money was supposed to pay for the supplies for the project and paying sales commission.

But, she says, that's not what was happening.

The initial checks ranged from $2,500 to $3,500, according to Cooper.

She says about a week ago, one of their main suppliers notified Georgia Roofing that they had placed liens on their customers' homes.

Georgia Roofing has customers in Georgia, Alabama, Tennessee, and South Carolina, according to Cooper.

They have an office listed on Riverside Drive in Macon. No one answered the phone when we called late Friday afternoon, and company officials could not be reached for comment.

Cooper says two of the four company owners, Jeff and Michael Andrews, are also former employees of American Shingle.

That company shut down in August without completing hundreds of roofs.

American Shingle filed for bankruptcy in September. The Governor's Office of Consumer Affairs says it's investigating the company.



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