division leaders

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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