By SAMANTHA PIDDE
A new Mount Carroll area business will provide 29-gauge steel roofing panels to the public.
Joshua Petre, 32, of rural Mount Carroll, opened ProTect Metal Sales, LLC, in early June at 18745 Scenic Bluff Rd., Mount Carroll. The business offers metal roofing in 18 colors and a variety of sizes.
Originally from Michigan, Petre and his family moved to the rural Mount Carroll area in January 2015 with six other families to start a Mennonite church, the Mount Carroll Christian Brotherhood.
He explained that there is no other Mennonite community in the area and they felt Carroll County would be a good place to start one. A seventh family has joined the group. Petre and his family farm on their property.
Petre has a background in construction and also had a business in Michigan forming metal roofing, which he sold before moving to Mount Carroll.
ProTect’s metal roofing panels are made on a roll-former. These panels are typically used for roofs on houses, pole buildings and agriculture buildings. While 36-inch-wide panels are most common, Petre said they offer a variety of profiles and gauges. The family-owned business also provides standard and specialty trims, fasteners and accessories.
"Our goal is quality and quick service at a fair price," said Petre, adding, "Most times you can pick up the product the same day you order it."
ProTect Metal Sales, LLC, sells to both contractors and homeowners, but Petre said he does not install the roofs.
While the business has only been open for approximately a month, Petre said he has been receiving calls and interest from people.
"I was glad to see the response," Petre said.
Until the end of July, he is offering a 10 percent discount on all orders.
ProTect Metal Sales, LLC, is open from 7:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays and from 8 a.m.-noon on Saturdays. The business is closed on Sunday and Wednesday. The office is typically closed from noon to 1 p.m. for lunch.
"We are closed on Wednesday in an effort not to neglect family and community needs," Petre said.
For more information, call 815-908-0051.