Volunteer group encourages women in roofing industry

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Women can make great money in the roofing industry

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — A new organization in Oregon that’s run entirely by volunteers encourages women in the roofing industry.

The National Women in Roofing group was founded 3 years ago and focuses on mentoring, networking, education and recruitment.

Oregon Council Chair Stephanie Baird said women have been making a real mark on the profession in the last 10 years — from the rooftop to the boardroom, to sales and manufacturing.

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“When we come together we’re all just roofers, we’re part of the industry and we’re there for one goal is to help our communities so it’s been great,” Baird said. “What it takes is the desire to do a good job and that’s pretty much it.”

Baird is the general manager of Bliss Roofing and has been in the trade for 25 years.

Nationally, she said women make $.80 for every dollar a man makes. But in roofing that can jump to $.95 cents.

“We had a labor shortage for several years, that was a big thing and women are able to make a great income in our industry,” Baird said.

Members of the group helped with a Habitat for Humanity build in December and partnered with Professional Women in Building and the Home Builders Association to build tiny homes for the Kenton Women’s Village last spring.

“We want to give back to women, we want to give back in our communities so we’re really doing lots of things and it’s an aggressive movement,” Baird said. “When we come together we’re all just roofers, we’re part of the industry and we’re there for one goal is to help our communities so it’s been great.”

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