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Holiday Inn Plumbing Project

June 29, 2020

Plumbing foreman, Josh Estes, speaks about the work we are doing at the new Holiday Inn on Peach Street in Erie.

Wm. T. Spaeder Featured in Revizto’s “Hard Hat Huddle”

June 17, 2020

Sr. VDC Coordinator, Frankie Davis Jr., was invited to participate in Revizto’s “Hardhat Huddle” webinar series. In this webinar, Frankie discussed how Spaeder uses Revizto to help coordinate projects with different trades.

Podcast #6 – Safety, COVID-19 & Construction

June 17, 2020

In this podcast, Kassie Koser, our Safety Director, discusses how COVID-19 has affected our work at Wm. T. Spaeder, talking about specific precautions we implemented to ensure the safety of both ourselves and our customers.

Heat Stress Safety Week

June 11, 2020

Early June is Heat Stress Focus Week at Wm. T. Spaeder. In this article, we discuss some of the issues we encounter when dealing with warmer weather and how being cognizant of these issues and taking the necessary precautions can protect us from needless incidences.

A/C Energy Saving Tips

June 3, 2020

Warm weather is finally here! Is your air conditioning system in tip-top shape? Here are some tips to get you’re A/C running to the best of its ability and, ultimately, save you some cash!

Residential Fire Sprinklers: Safeguarding Your Home & Your Loved Ones

May 20, 2020

Often when we think of fire protection, we think of sprinkler systems for commercial buildings. At the same time, one of the most important places we should consider is our homes – the place where ourselves and our loved ones reside.

Steamfitters Apprenticeship Program

May 19, 2020

In the video above, we interview two Steamfitters apprentices working at Wm. T. Spaeder, Jared Szczesny and Mark Holcomb. Here they give us a firsthand look at both about the apprenticeship program as well as their goals for the future.

Our Response to COVID-19

March 19, 2020

At this time of unrest and new challenges, we wanted to take a minute to assure our employees, customers and the public that we are taking every precaution possible to respond appropriately to the COVID-19 pandemic while still adhering to our core values first and foremost.

Citizen’s Bank Renovation: Mechanical Design-Build Process

March 10, 2020

In the video, we discuss a little about the design-build process for a third-floor office space renovation at Citizen’s Bank in Erie, PA. We were contracted to complete the HVAC and Fire Protection.

Legionella & Maintaining Healthy Water Systems

March 2, 2020

If you own or manage a business property, it is vital to educate yourself on what Legionella is, how to test for it, and the best ways to control it.  Wm. T. Spaeder’s Water Treatment department is equipped to help you take the proper steps to ensure your water systems are properly maintained and Legionella free.

Silica Safety – The Basics

February 18, 2020

Although silica has been generated for years in construction and through that time has always been dangerous, only recently have studies been able to confirm that exposure to respirable silica is having effects on our workforce.

Kevin Hedges Helms New Special Projects Group

January 25, 2020

We are pleased to announce that Kevin T. Hedges, P.E. has assumed the role of Special Projects Group Manager.  This is a new position within Spaeder where Kevin will be utilizing his expertise to expand our presence in non-standard project markets that compliment Spaeder’s historical strengths. 

The Plumbers Local Union No. 27 Apprenticeship Program

January 17, 2020

The Joint Apprenticeship Training Committee of Plumbers Local Union No. 27 will be accepting applications for its Apprenticeship Training Program.

Company Newsletter January 2020

January 6, 2020

Check out the Wm. T. Spaeder Company Newsletter. In this publication, we do a brief recap of this past half year and provide you with some sneak peaks at future events and projects.

Confined Spaces: What You Need to Know

December 29, 2019

As this month’s safety stand-down dealt with confined spaces, we thought we would discuss a little more in depth about confined spaces and what working in them entails. Confined spaces can be found in a variety of industries, during many applications and they can even be created inadvertently during demolition activities if proper pre-planning isn’ …

WICU Channel 12 Interviews CEO Jay Spaeder

December 4, 2019

Paul Wagner from WICU Channel 12 visited our offices last week to do a segment on the Wm. T. Spaeder Company for “Giving You the Business.” He conducted interviews with our CEO, Jay Spaeder, as well as Frankie Davis, our VDC Coordinator, and Jay Roehrig, our Fire Protection Fabrication Foreman.

Project Showcase: Peters Township High School Fire Protection

December 3, 2019

In this video, we walk you through the process of testing a fire pump. These tests are conducted annually for our clients to ensure they have properly functioning fire protection.

Augmented & Mixed Reality in Construction

December 2, 2019

Eli Thompson (VDC Department) demonstrates an unvarnished look at using Augmented & Mixed Reality on an active construction site.

Podcast #4 – EksoBionics Construction Exoskeletons

November 30, 2019

​In the latest Episode of Wm. T. Spaeder’s “Leveling Up in Construction” Podcast, we interviewed Zach Haas, the head of business development at Eksobionics, a company that produces exoskeletons for both the healthcare and construction industries. On the construction side of things, the company has two products, the “EksoZeroG” and the “EksoVest.” T …

Furnace Tips: Simple Cost Saving Solutions

November 23, 2019

While many people know Wm. T. Spaeder for its commercial and industrial work, we also have an active Residential Service Department cognizant of home owner needs.  We put together a quick list of tips that you can do over the winter months to help cut down on expenses and ensure that you have a “healthy” HVAC system.

Why Fire Pump Testing is Important

October 28, 2019

In this video, we walk you through the process of testing a fire pump. These tests are conducted annually for our clients to ensure they have properly functioning fire protection.

Congratulations, Tom Kaspick

October 22, 2019

We are pleased to announce that Thomas E. Kaspick was promoted to Sales Manager. Tom will be expanding his technical water treatment duties, to include soliciting our customers and educating them about our other products and services that we have to offer. Tom will report to Steve Eastbourn, Pre-Construction Manager and Tom will have two employees …

Prevent Frozen Pipes in Your Home

October 9, 2019

The leaves may still be falling, but brings us closer to our old friend, Old Man Winter. The decreasing temperatures will lead to icy conditions outside. Sometimes, you may find that ice trying to sneak its way into your home and cause thousands of dollars of water damage.

24/7 Mechanical Repair and Emergency Services

October 4, 2019

Wm.T. Spaeder’s commitment to 24/7 mechanical repair and emergency services keeps your business running.

“Cutting” Edge Technology & Safety

September 18, 2019

For the Wm. T. Spaeder, technology is a means of our present and our future. We pride ourselves in utilizing cutting edge technologies to develop and create complex, yet, seamless projects for our customers. This technology assists us in project layout, fabrication & pre-fabrication and, in turn, meeting our project budgets.

Kicking off the 2019 NSC Congress & Expo with Mick Ebeling

September 12, 2019

Every year the National Safety Council puts on a Congress and Expo for safety and related professions to attend and enhance their efforts in their current job roles. For anyone who works in safety, like any job, there are many pros and cons. For many of us, one of the biggest positives about being a safety professional is that it enables us to infl …

Project Showcase: Hospital Plumbing Part II

September 5, 2019

In Part II of this project showcase, we continue to follow foreman Eric Bowman as we move through the construction process of a large hospital project in Erie, PA.

A Safety Intern’s Perspective

September 4, 2019

My journey with Wm. T. Spaeder began two years ago when I contacted former Safety Director, Lee Zeigler. I spoke with him about working as a safety professional. He provided insight to what kind of responsibilities one might have in the safety profession. After talking with Lee, I took some time to decide if I wanted to pursue a career in safety. I …

Podcast #3 – 3D Scanning in Construction

August 21, 2019

Episode #3 focuses on how construction companies can use 3D Scanning to help save time and money as well as work more efficiently.

Podcast #2 – LINQ

August 5, 2019

Jonathan Marsh interviews Kevin Soohoo about the LINQ, an innovative construction tool that makes everything in your project searchable. We’re in the process of implementing it at Wm. T. Spaeder. Ep#2 Transcript Also listen to us on iTunes, Stitcher Radio, GooglePlay & Podbean.

2019 Mid-Year Company Newsletter

July 30, 2019

Check out the Wm. T. Spaeder Company Newsletter. In this publication, we do a brief recap of this past half year and provide you with some sneak peaks at future events and projects.

Is Your Tech Stack too Wicked to be Kind?

July 24, 2019

First is that construction projects, and in particular the jobsite, are extremely difficult to standardize. Goals, procedures, materials, standards, and even building methodology tend to be very different from project to project. The contractor, and even more the specialty trades, are often not in the position to set standards and must adjust their …

Podcast #1 – A/R & M/R in Construction

July 23, 2019

This is our flagship episode of the Wm. T. Spaeder podcast about advances in construction. Episode 101 focuses on how construction companies can use augmented and mixed reality on projects to save time and money as well as work more efficiently.

Project Showcase: Hospital Plumbing Part I

July 18, 2019

We’re proud to be trusted to do the mechanical contracting for a number of large hospital projects. In this video, foreman Eric Bowman highlights some of what we are doing for a project in Erie, PA as we lay the groundwork during the initial stages of construction.

Wm. T. Spaeder Golf Outing

July 11, 2019

June 22nd was the perfect day for the Wm. T. Spaeder annual golf outing at Beechwood Golf Club.  There was a fantastic turnout of both customers and employees enjoying the scenic views and friendly competition.  Congratulations to all the winners that participated and we hope to see you next year!

Trench Safety Stand-Down

June 26, 2019

In the U.S., more than 800 construction workers die every year while on the job. One of the most dangerous types of construction work is trenching.

Wm. T. Spaeder Co. – Over One Hundred Years

June 12, 2019

The Wm. T. Spaeder Company has been a family run business since the early 1900’s.  From this time, we’ve seen many changes in the economy and innovations in construction technology.  We’ve continued to grow and expand, adapting, learning and thriving on the challenges that come with all the turns and twists of the industry within which we work. 

Wm. T. Spaeder Fab Shop Fly Through #1

June 6, 2019

Here is a quick fly through of our fabrication facility where you can view the basic layout and capabilities.  We had a little fun with this:)

Skid Design & Pre-Fabrication for Georgia Power Plant

May 28, 2019

In late 2018, Wm.T. Spaeder was contracted by a water treatment design firm to design and fabricate thirteen (13) unique equipment skids for a large power plant in Georgia. This power plant was in the process of decommissioning their settling ponds and replacing them with a new wastewater treatment system to treat flue gas desulfurization (FGD) was …

Wm. T. Spaeder Participates in the National Safety Stand-Down

May 20, 2019

After adding more than 50,000 jobs in January alone, the construction industry shows no signs of slowing down. As more people join the workforce, our commitment to worker safety is even more important. Although falls from heights decreased from 2016 to 2017 according to BLS data, falls are still the leading cause of death in the construction indust …

Wm. T. Spaeder & New Health Industry Expansions in Erie, PA

April 26, 2019

With the upcoming health insurance split-up between Highmark and UPMC, both Allegheny Health Network and UPMC has taken steps to update their facilities. Our company was happy to contribute our services to the various plumbing, HVAC, and fire protection work at each facility including the Allegheny Health Network East Side Health & Wellness Pavilio …

Are There Poison Pills In Your Tech Stack?

March 28, 2019

As the industry embraces the position of Construction Technologists, they are becoming the people most responsible for building the technology infrastructure. This infrastructure, often called a technology stack, is the foundation that enables many of our most valuable processes. Selecting the right tech can be critical to our companies’ performanc …

Fire Protection Group Helps Sponsor Race Car

March 26, 2019

One of the many things we enjoy doing as a company is sponsoring local businesses, events and people.  One of these sponsorship activities this year involves Shawn Smith and his Wingless Sprint Car.  Shawn travels all around the country “kicking up dirt” and doing what he loves, and in some ways, we’re right there with him.

The Binsky Kickoff and the Value of Questions

March 24, 2019

This last week I went to the MCAA annual conference and was able to see Brian Helm of The Helm Group/Mechanical Inc. take his place as president for the upcoming year. I think it would be obvious to anyone that has been reading my articles or knows me that I think that technology adoption and integration is the number one factor in deciding whether …

Helm at the Helm

March 9, 2019

This last week I went to the MCAA annual conference and was able to see Brian Helm of The Helm Group/Mechanical Inc. take his place as president for the upcoming year. I think it would be obvious to anyone that has been reading my articles or knows me that I think that technology adoption and integration is the number one factor in deciding whether …

The “Lean” Construction Technologist

February 25, 2019

About a year ago I asked Jake Olsen of LINQ to recommend a book to give me a better idea of how tech startups work, knowing that Jake had a background in successful startups and understood the industry as it relates to construction technologies. He recommended Eric Ries’s book “The Lean Startup.” The book opened my eyes to how many parallels exist …

Wm. T. Spaeder Expands into Pittsburgh

January 8, 2019

The Pittsburgh office opened on June 2018. The need for the Pittsburgh office arose from the increasing opportunities we were starting to receive in the Pittsburgh area.