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DIFFERENCE MAKER: A.W. Farrell & Son keeps on roofing

OBSERVER Photo by J.M. Lesinski The A.W. Farrell & Son Inc. building is located at 3649 Lake Shore Drive East in Dunkirk. The company was named one of the OBSERVER’s Difference Makers in Business.

When it comes to a commitment to quality, A.W. Farrell & Son, Inc. tackles commitment not only to its work, but to its employees and community. Founded in the late 1940s by Alfred William Farrell, and still in the family today, A.W. Farrell & Son Inc. continues to keep growing.

In 1968, Alfred’s son, John William “Bill” Farrell, took the reins from his father. Bill took what his father began and grew A.W. Farrell & Son into the foremost roofing company in Chautauqua County with the wholesome philosophy to “do the right thing.”

In a phone call with the OBSERVER, A.W. Farrell & Son Inc. HR Manager Kate Stinner noted, “Bill Farrell firmly believed that you don’t need to advertise if you do quality work. A.W. Farrell & Son Inc. continues to grow year after year, yet most people don’t know we exist.”

In 2016, Bill’s son, John T. Farrell, became President continuing the business philosophy of providing excellence in quality of service and product.

A national commercial roofing company, A.W. Farrell & Son Inc. has locations in cities across the United States, including Cincinnati, Cleveland and even Las Vegas. The company continues to branch out further, with work reportedly being done in New Mexico.

A.W. Farrell & Son Inc. has previously sponsored fireworks, boat races and contributed to the flower arrangements on Central Avenue in Dunkirk as part of their commitment to the local community.

“Being a difference-maker means becoming active in our communities and being a place where people want to be employed,” said Stinner. “Our goal is to be the best place for everyone here to work.”

With three generations of hard work and dedication under their belt, and a fourth looking promising with John’s son Mark, A.W. Farrell and Son, Inc. remains a staple in the Chautauqua County area and a pillar in the roofing industry.

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