Brief Company History

W.G. Bush, founder of the original company

W.G. Bush, founder of the original company

The original company, W.G. Bush & Co., was founded in 1865 by Major William G. Bush along the banks of the Cumberland River in North Nashville.  This company produced many of the materials utilized in the reconstruction of post Civil War Nashville and its subsequent growth. In fact, most of the buildings on the Vanderbilt University campus were built from handmade bricks formed by the W.G. Bush Co. at the turn of the century.  

Thomas L. Herbert, Sr. married William Bush’s daughter and in 1909 changed the business name to T.L. Herbert & Sons. The company range then grew from building supplies to include general contracting.

Robert David Herbert, Sr., grandson of T.L. Herbert, followed the family tradition of finding a niche and building a successful company. His expertise was the Roofing & Sheet Metal Division of the original T.L. Herbert & Sons Company.  RD Herbert & Sons Company incorporated in 1947 at the end of World War II, and began the tradition of quality workmanship, integrity and sophistication that continues today.

The expansion of the company can be attributed to R.D. “Bobby” Herbert, III. He worked his way up through the various jobs in the company and achieved his goal of running the company. Bobby used the economic recession of the 1970’s to create work by seeking the lucrative re-roofing market.

W. Houston Herbert, the fourth generation of RD Herbert & Sons Company (seventh of the W.G. Bush Company), now runs the family owned business specializing in roofing, waterproofing, and sheet metal fabrication.


Houston Herbert, President
Houston Herbert, President


His interest in the family trade began at an early age when he wrote a school letter stating his intentions to join the roofing business. His unwavering interest propelled him through the ranks of the company from summer roofing work during his teen years, to project management and estimating to Vice President under his father, R.D. Herbert, III. Hands on training and immersion management facilitated Houston’s smooth transition to President and Owner in 2005. Building upon the legacy left by his father, Houston continues to advance the business as he proves to be a leader in the green roofing trend and in solar roofing technology.

RD Herbert & Sons Company has always taken pride in having a loyal employee base; workers who have 20, 30 or even 40 years with the firm are not uncommon. Benefit programs like profit sharing, pension plans, and desirable health insurance plans help to foster that kind of loyalty. Most of the company’s 80+ employees work 40 hours per week – year round.Our company has the honor of being named Roofing Contractors of the Year in 1997 by RSI Magazine. Our company is recognized by Carlisle SynTec, a leading single-ply membrane manufacturer, as a “Hall of Fame” contractor with nearly 900 “Perfect 10” installations.

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