WW II Veteran. Journeyman bricklayer. Integrated steel innovator. Industrial contracting visionary. Passionate family man. The heart and soul of Songer Services.
A LEGACY FORGED IN THE HEARTH OF POSTWAR AMERICA.
After leaving school at the age of 16 to enlist in the Navy during World War II (yes, age 16), Paul Songer served his country in the Far East and was honorably discharged before his 18th birthday, returning home to follow in his father’s footsteps as a journeyman bricklayer for Andco and International Chimney.
He was a barnstorming bricklayer who learned and studied the post-war rebuild of the American steel industry from the ground up—connecting with the most talented craftspeople, foremen and supervisors from coast to coast in a country healing from war. He rose quickly through the industrial ranks to become a foreman, general foreman, project manager and general superintendent.
In the process, Paul Songer became one of our nation’s foremost specialists in planning, engineering, construction, maintenance and repair for blast furnaces, coke ovens, and boiler and pressure vessels.
"It is my commitment to you to provide quality services at a fair price. Songer will make every effort to develop long-term relationships with our clients based on trust, quality workmanship, and safe work performance. This is my pledge to you."
ABOUT THEIR COMPANY’S NAMESAKE
“Paul was a guiding force in my life; a father figure and mentor and friend I first connected with in the 1970’s after my service in the Army,” says retired Songer Services Chairman of the Board Joe Meneskie—a man associated with Paul since the 1970’s. “His work ethic, knowledge and integrity was equally matched by his good humor, faith and grace. Paul’s powerful example has touched every aspect of my life.”
Songer Services President and CEO Gregg Preteroti believes he is living proof of The Songer Way. “I first met Paul in 2002 after I’d left teaching in search of doing something substantial – I wanted to build great things. The opportunity to literally work from the ground up in Paul’s company under his quiet and steady leadership molded me into the person and the leader I am today.“
“As a bricklayer by trade, I worked with Joe and Paul for years before actually joining them as an employee in 2007,” says Songer Services Chief Operating Officer Mike Armold. “I am an example of what can happen to anyone who comes into this company with a little talent and a lot of Paul Songer’s can-do, no-nonsense work ethic and drive.”