Although Orleans Sheet Metal Works and Roofing have been in business in New Orleans for over seventy years, the Schwander family tradition in metal working and “tin-smith” craft goes back many more years. Ancestor Baltazar Schwander left Germany where he had worked as a tin-smith to come to America in 1849. A century and a half later, the Schwander family continues to offer its clients expertly crafted metal roofing and accessories.
The present company was founded in 1928 by Theodore Schwander, who travelled in a horse and buggy to do sheet metal gutters, porches, corrugated metal sheds and decks. After World War II, when Louis T. Schwander, father of current president Louis “Ted” Schwander came into the business, the company broadened its area of emphasis to include other types of roofing.