The McKinnis Story

June 05, 2017

It all started in 1981…

Growing up in Blair, NE, Dave McKinnis got his start in the roofing industry from a very early age. When he was just 12 years old he was paid one dollar per bundle to take shingles up a ladder and put them on a roof. He continued working in the roofing industry throughout his teenage years until the state’s Department of Labor found out and made him quit. However, that didn’t stop Dave or his older Brother as they worked for themselves throughout High School.

After Dave graduated from school, he starting roofing in different states. Living out of his truck, he shingled apartment buildings and eventually ended up in Seattle working for American Roofing Company. At the age of 20, he became the manager because the owner fell off a roof and was hurt badly. Dave ran the company for a year and a half before the owner could return. After moving on from American Roofing Company, he worked for other roofing companies for a few years. In May of 1981, he moved back to Blair Nebraska to start McKinnis Roofing and Sheet Metal.