Our business has grown from its modest cabinetmaking beginnings in the 1800s to include innovative design, production and installation of all manner of retail space equipment, as well as customer support. Our services have expanded and evolved because our customers have demanded it, to the extent we now are the go-to project management source for new and remodeled store spaces. You can count on Royston for thoughtful, well-conceived retail solutions that benefit operations and sales.
FOUNDER A.W. HOPEMAN
The origins of Royston LLC go all the way back to 1869, when Dutch immigrant Arendt Willem Hopeman launched his cabinetmaking business, A.W. Hopeman Builder, in Rochester, N.Y. The company over time became A.W. Hopeman & Sons. In 1916, the Hopeman organization began performing marine joiner work for Philadelphia’s mammoth William Cramp & Sons Shipbuilding, the preeminent U.S. iron shipbuilder of the 19th century.
In the 1920s, A.W. Hopeman & Sons served as general contractor for construction of the River Campus of the University of Rochester, in New York. The company also built the Eastman Theatre, Eastman School of Music, Eastman Kodak headquarters and other Rochester landmarks. The Hopeman Memorial Carillon and Hopeman Engineering Building at the University of Rochester are named for A.W. Hopeman.
By the mid-1960s, the company had further diversified and set up manufacturing operations in Georgia, which was the genesis of Royston LLC.
ROYSTON THROUGH THE YEARS