About WM. T. Spaeder

Erie’s Most Experienced Mechanical Contractors

Wm. T. Spaeder Company is built on genuine entrepreneurship, quality craftsmanship, and a deep-rooted commitment to the community. From industrial and waste-water systems to building construction and fabrication services, we strive to seamlessly blend traditional mechanical contracting techniques with cutting-edge BIM technologies to ensure we meet—and exceed—the individualized needs of all our clients.

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Industry Leaders in Erie, PA and Beyond

Founder, William T. Spaeder, launched the business back in 1914 in Erie, PA. As a result of decades of hard work, our grassroots, family-owned and operated company has earned a reputation for world-class institutional and mechanical contracting services, as well as exceptional customer service. Today Wm. T. Spaeder has expanded to serve our customers in:

  • Erie
  • Pittsburgh
  • Buffalo

But our expansion doesn’t merely include new locations; we’re implementing LEED Certified materials and installation techniques to ensure field productivity, enhanced quality-standards, and top-rated customer satisfaction. Wm. T. Spaeder has diversified our solutions in our traditional and emerging markets.

A Higher Standard

With the help of our skilled workforce and an exceptional leadership team, Wm. T. Spaeder has grown from our humble beginning back in 1914 to a Tri-State leader in mechanical contracting services. We pride ourselves in fostering authentic relationships with customers and suppliers, adhering to rigorous quality standards, and enforcing our six core values:

Quality Craftsmanship

From the materials and technology we use to our skilled team and unparalleled experience, our products go beyond piping and HVAC systems, they’re part of the infrastructure that ensure the success of our clients.


Whether it’s the pace of a project, our 24 hour response, or our ability to understand our clients’ needs, we ensure every step in our process is adding efficiency and value to the end product.

Best-In-Business Practices

Our goal is always more than simply meeting the needs of our clients; we’re here to exceed them. Using industry best practices and rigorous self-assessment standards, we consistently produce exceptional results.


It’s important not only to be dedicated to the craft but dedicated to the client. Through project management, quality standards, and a thorough understanding of the industry, Wm. T. Spaeder is committed to exceeding our customers’ expectations.


At the root of every great project is a team that works effectively together. From the technology we’ve implemented to the design of our facility, every element of our business is designed to improve communication, collaboration, and logistics.


No matter the project, it is always our first priority to ensure the safety of our people, clients, and partnering contractors. Through our culture, commitment, and regulations, Spaeder has worked tirelessly to eliminate workplace hazards and has been recognized for these achievements by OSHA.

department heads

Jay Spaeder


As a member of the L.U. 449 and L.U. 47 – General Foreman Pipefitter (1983-2014), Jay Spaeder has been president since 2016 and manager of the service division since 2007. The division has expanded dramatically under his leadership, and its staff of over 40 technicians offers emergency repairs and maintenance services to industrial, commercial, and residential customers.

Jay has 38 years of experience, consisting of 10 years of fieldwork, 19 years of managing HVAC and industrial projects, and nine years of divisional management. He is committed to the education and development of young tradesmen, has served on the Apprenticeship Committee for L.U. 47 and 449, and was instrumental in the development of the Apprentice & Journeyman Training Facility in Erie, PA.

Terry Spaeder

Industrial Estimating

With a Master of Science in Building Construction Management from Purdue University and a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Penn State, University Park, Terry Spaeder has been the industrial division manager since 1995. He has 35 years of experience managing the largest and most challenging industrial projects in refineries, chemical plants, paper mills, and food manufacturers, and other traditional markets. Terry is committed to lean construction techniques, quality control, safety, best-in-business practices, and continuous improvement.

Steve Eastbourn

Preconstruction Manager

With an Associate Degree in Mechanical Engineering Technology from Penn State Erie, The Behrend College, Steve has been our commercial division manager since 2008. He oversees the estimating and management of all plumbing and HVAC construction projects.

Steve’s background includes both large and small projects for healthcare, education, and commercial industries. He is a registered plumber for Erie County and has a plumbing license for the state of Ohio.

Steve also completed the Mechanical Contractors Association of America (MCAA)’s Institute for Project Management course in 2006 and is a LEED Accredited Professional. His experience includes seven years in the field, four years in project management, and nine years in his current role as Commercial Division Manager.

Jeff Holloway

Operations Manager

With a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from Michigan Tech University, Jeff Holloway brings 30 years of mechanical operations experience to Spaeder.  Jeff’s experience includes commercial, industrial, governmental, and water/wastewater projects throughout the eastern US.  Jeff has served as a Project Manager, Operations Manager, and Vice President during his career and previously directed the Water/Wastewater and Fire Protection divisions at Spaeder.  Jeff is a registered Professional Engineer and a LEED Accredited Professional.

Mike Skrekla

Virtual Design & Construction Manager

As the Manager for Virtual Design and Construction, Mike is responsible for design detailing, trade coordination, and integrated building information modeling (BIM). In the case of fabricated assemblies, he is also in charge of the production and coordination of 4D scheduling and phased installation. He also manages the CADD operators who provide design and engineering support to field technicians. Mike joined the company in 2016 after working in various industries including power generation, commercial facilities maintenance and engineering and process automation. He holds an Associates degree in Electrical Maintenance and a Bachelors of Science Degree in Electrical Engineering Technology.

Jerry Cussins

Fire Protection Manager

With an Associate Degree in Mechanical Drafting and Design
NICET Level III in Water-Based Fire Protection Systems Layout, Jerry joined the Fire Protection Division in 1995, and has progressed from the lone system designer to division manager. He currently oversees a team of designers/project managers, a state-of-the-art fabrication shop, and a service department that offers 24/7 emergency service.

As the Division Manager, Jerry is responsible for estimating projects, as well as managing the design and installation of all types of automatic fire sprinkler systems in residential, commercial, industrial, healthcare, educational, and warehousing facilities. Prior to joining Spaeder, he worked for nine years as an engineering technician, designing HVAC, plumbing, fire protection, and electrical systems.

Mike Aiello

Corporate Director, Safety & Resource Development

With a Bachelor of Science Degree from York College of Pennsylvania, Mike has over 30 years of experience in manufacturing environments. For over 25 of those years, he has been instrumental in developing highly effective teams as a Human Resource Professional, often with multiple plant responsibilities.

Mike also has an extensive background in project coaching, exceeding customer expectations, behavior-based interviewing, and diversity. His time at Wm. T. Spaeder began in 2013 where, among many achievements, he established standardized safety protocols which have decreased recordable injuries by 50%. Mike has also been instrumental in creating a strategic action plan to retain talent and attract new clients.

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