Our History

Mueller Roofing Distributors is a family-owned, fourth-generation descendant of the John Mueller Company, which was founded in 1875 in Lockland, Ohio, alongside the Miami Canal. Our roots have always been in the building industry, and our headquarters remain in Lockland.

The canal has been replaced by train tracks, much of the labor is done with a forklift or a crane rather than arms and ladders, and transactions are recorded online rather than in hand-written journals, but our mission remains the same as it has for more than 140 years: to provide our customers with world-class service, knowledge and dedication.

The company began by selling bricks, cement, plaster and other building materials, as well as operating four coal yards. In 1913, the John Mueller Company built a state-of-the-art grain mill with space for warehousing and offices – a building that now serves as our corporate headquarters, with great care taken to preserve the history of the building and the company.

In the 1920s, we began selling other building products, such as roofing materials. The grain mill and coal yards closed in the 1950s as the roofing business expanded. By the end of the ‘50s, roofing sales were growing fast enough that it was spun off into a separate business – Columbia Roofing, which operated as a division of the John Mueller Company.

Columbia Roofing officially became Mueller Roofing Distributors in 1975, and Herb Mueller – great-grandson of the founder, John Mueller – took over as owner and CEO in 1992. Herb’s humility, self-deprecating humor, commitment to the community and passion for service have made him a beloved figure among the company’s customers and employees, and his business acumen has made Mueller an unqualified success in a competitive market.

Mueller Roofing Distributors now operates seven branches in four markets: Greater Cincinnati, Greater Dayton, Lexington and Louisville. We have a large, well-maintained fleet of trucks that ensures we can deliver the products you need, when and where you need them. And our product catalogue has grown to include residential and commercial roofing, siding, windows, doors, gutters and anything else a contractor may need for the exterior of a building. We are small enough to listen to your needs and big enough to deliver solutions.