~ originally published in the Journal of Business on March 15, 2012 ~
Empire Roof Coatings LLC, a Conklin Roof Systems provider for buildings with flat and low-sloped roofs, has opened in Spokane Valley.
Isaac Cornelius and his wife, Gail, own the business and currently run it out of their home. No one else is employed with the business yet, Isaac Cornelius says, but he does have subcontractors he works with on projects.
Conklin Roof Systems offers energy-efficient, white acrylic roof coatings and uses sustainable building materials, Cornelius asserts. The material reflects sun rays instead of absorbing them, reducing heat that could be transferred inside the structure. Cornelius got the idea to start the company from a friend in Montana who was opening a similar business.
In addition to Empire Roof Coatings, the Corneliuses own and operate Ayzan Custom Ears, which sells custom molded ear products for hearing protection or audio enhancement.