As director of business affairs for the Cuyahoga Falls City School District, David Rump is responsible for overseeing all aspects of facility management for the 15-building school system.
Rump believes in following two rules when purchasing building maintenance materials and services:
• First, opt for the highest quality materials possible.
• Second, select honest and reliable manufacturers and consultants.
He explains, “Long before I took on this job, The Garland Co. [a Cleveland-based roofing manufacturer and distributor] had installed some of [its] high-performance roofing systems here. In subsequent years, when budgets were lean, the district decided we could no longer afford those systems, and opted instead for rubber roofing. Well, we paid for it, with roofs that didn’t last a year before they started to leak.”
When Rump discovered that Garland’s high-performance roofs, installed 10 and 20 years earlier, were outlasting the district’s more recently installed rubber roofs, he talked with Perry Demming, Garland sales representative.
Demming comments, “When the district opted for lowering initial costs, we were confident that the long-term benefits of our high-performance systems would soon become apparent. That is exactly what happened.”
Rump quickly resumed the district’s relationship with Garland, which provides long-term maintenance support as well as roofing materials, concluding, “Garland is right at the top of who you’d want to have as a partner. Their products work, and they’re here when you need them.” High-performance roofing systems by The Garland Co. Inc., Cleveland.