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Protect Outside Vents from Snow and Ice

January 19, 2024

As you clear the snow from your property (e.g. driveways, sidewalks, etc.), we urge you to remember to also clear snow and ice from your furnace and appliance vents, chimneys, and gas and electric meters. Your outdoor gas meter and ventilation equipment are built to endure harsh winter conditions. However, the accumulation of heavy or hard-packed s …

Prepare Your HVAC System for Winter – Checklist

November 28, 2023

It’s no surprise that Erie winters can be some of the most brutal in the nation. But that doesn’t mean you should suffer needlessly in your home! By understanding common HVAC issues and their potential causes, homeowners in northwestern Pennsylvania can take proactive steps to address and prevent these problems, ensuring their heating systems opera …

Women in Mechanical Industry (WiMi) Conference 2023 Recap

August 15, 2023

Wm. T. Spaeder CFO, Mary Kay Reber, shares her thoughts from her experience at the Women in the Mechanical Industry Conference 2023.

Company Newsletter Winter 2022

March 1, 2022

Check out the Wm. T. Spaeder Company Newsletter for the Winter of 2022. In this publication, we review the last half year in both the work and life of the company and employees. This time, our employee spotlight is our Warehouse Supervisor Chris Jones, and the Customer Showcase is Erie Events.

Procore: Spaeder Launches Cloud Based Documentation Tools

December 13, 2021

Procore is a construction specific documentation management software that streamlines the overall building process by organizing digital documents into one place. Spaeder has begun implementing this technology over the past year and a half, allowing us to increase our efficiency and productivity.

Holiday Plumbing Tips

November 24, 2021

Even if it seems obvious, we all get busy over the holiday season with cooking, travel, guests and family which can lead us to forget the simple things. So here are a few gentle reminders for ways of avoiding clogged drains and other plumbing problems this Thanksgiving.

Debunking Home Sprinkler Myths

November 15, 2021

While many of us may have thought about installing a home sprinkler system, there are some common misconceptions that make the prospect seem undesirable. Let’s examine the data and find out what is true and what is not.

Spaeder Team Updates: New Hires

November 10, 2021

Spaeder welcomes three new hires to the workforce. We’re proud to have them a part of the Spaeder work family.

How to Prevent Pipes from Freezing in Erie, PA

November 7, 2021

Protecting your pipes from cold conditions is the key to preventing a pipe freeze. Here are a few simple ways to ensure that your system ready for the change in weather.

Home Fire Safety Checklist

November 1, 2021

It’s important to check over your home’s fire safety system to look for potential fire catalysts. We encourage you to go through this list and perform your own home evaluations.

Fire Extinguishers: History, Types, and Uses

October 28, 2021

Fire extinguishers are an important part of any fire suppression arsenal, so we thought we would go over a little about their history, classifications, and how you and/or your company can use these tools in safe guarding yourself and others from fire threats.

Company Newsletter Summer 2021

August 31, 2021

Check out the Wm. T. Spaeder Company Newsletter for the Summer of 2021. In this publication, we review the last half year in both the work and life of the company and employees. This time, our employee spotlight is Tim Devine, and the Customer Showcase is the EDDC in Erie, PA.

Wm. T. Spaeder 2021 Golf Outing

July 14, 2021

We would like to thank the guests and volunteers that made the 2021 golf outing possible, helping us to create a truly memorable experience for all.

Why Restaurant Grease Trap Cleaning is Essential

July 6, 2021

Restaurant grease trap cleaning is one of the most essential tasks for any restaurant owner. Failing to clean a grease trap can result in clogs, fines, and odors.

Have a Safe 4th of July!

July 1, 2021

The 4th of July is a day of celebration, commemorating U.S. Independence from England. It’s a time for reflection about the things that make us proud of the red, white, and blue. Fireworks, at least in Pennsylvania, are always part of the festivities, but if not handled with care, accidents can happen. Taking safety precautions to avoid injuries he …

Fire Protection Service: Broken Water Main & Dry Pipe Value Replacement at Curtze Foods

June 23, 2021

Recently, one of our long-standing customers, Curtze Foods, was having some difficulties with a jockey pump running due to a possible water main break. Our Fire Protection Foreman Abe Bretz went out to investigate.

What is Hydro Jet Sewer Line Cleaning and When Should You Do It?

June 14, 2021

Hydrojet sewer line cleaning is the best way to remove stubborn blockages from main sewer lines. Find out how it works and when you should use hydrojet cleaning.

What is New with the Spaeder Team?

May 11, 2021

Fire Protection Service Manager Rob Senger just completed his Bachelor’s in Project and Supply Chain Management from Penn State Behrend. He did this while working full time and raising two kids. Rob has been a part of the fire protection team for 15 years. After graduating from high school, Rob was actually a truck driver for two years before joini …

Project Showcase: Wayne Middle School Fire Protection Retrofit

April 20, 2021

Sprinkler Fitter Foreman Erik Williams talks about retrofitting a fire protection system at Wayne Middle School in Erie, PA. The school was built in 1914 and is being renovated. From older building materials (brick and plaster) to lack of original drawings, there are many challenges with these types of retrofits.

When Do You Need HVAC Cooling Tower Maintenance?

April 12, 2021

Cooling towers play an important role in a commercial HVAC system, and proper cooling tower maintenance can help ensure their efficiency and longevity. In this article, we’ll talk about when you should expect to have your cooling tower serviced by a professional, and we’ll mention a few things that can cause poor cooling tower function if left unma …

5 Reasons to Install Touchless Faucets

April 6, 2021

Automatic faucets deliver just the right amount of water at the right flow and temperature. Since they work by sensors and with pre-set water temperatures, you don’t have to worry about people scalding themselves or wasting water by leaving the tap on. In this article, we’ll talk a bit about how electronic taps work and go over five main benefits o …

HVAC Maintenance: Why Indoor Air Quality is Important for Staff Health

March 22, 2021

HVAC maintenance is one of the most important things you can do to support the health of your staff and employees. Good indoor air quality (IAQ) is important to both prevent negative health concerns and support a high-functioning workplace.

A Brief History of HVAC: Evolution of Modern Comfort

March 22, 2021

The history of HVAC is full of innovation. From ancient heating systems to modern comfort cooling systems, there’s a lot to explore.

Hospital HVAC Systems: What Makes Them Unique?

March 15, 2021

In an office or home environment, the HVAC system provides occupants with fresh air, reduces carbon dioxide levels, and sets the temperature and humidity at comfortable levels. Hospital HVAC systems do those same things plus much more.

Top 10 Commercial Plumbing Repairs and Issues

February 15, 2021

From frozen pipes to tankless water heater issues, here are 10 common commercial plumbing repairs for business owners in the Northeast to know about.

9 Tips to Lower HVAC Energy Consumption in Commercial Buildings

February 8, 2021

HVAC energy consumption in a commercial building counts for a large portion of total annual costs. Find out what you can do to save on HVAC energy bills.

Company Newsletter January 2021

January 21, 2021

Check out the Wm. T. Spaeder Company Newsletter for January 2021. In this publication, we review the last half year in both the work and life of the company and employees. This time, our employee spotlight is Senior Project Manager Dave Ross, and the Customer Showcase is Haysite in Erie, PA.

Is it Time for a Commercial HVAC Upgrade?

January 18, 2021

Commercial HVAC systems are designed to last for many years, but they don’t last forever. Choosing the right time to upgrade your commercial HVAC system can allow you to take advantage of new technologies that save you money.

6 Benefits of Good Ventilation in the Workplace

December 21, 2020

We all spend 100% of our time breathing air. Indoor air quality usually isn’t the most pressing issue on everyone’s minds, but it plays a vital role in health, comfort, and productivity. Ventilation is one of the most important engineering controls in office and school environments, and good ventilation can save energy while improving indoor air qu …

Project Showcase: Donjon Dry Dock

December 21, 2020

At the Donjon Dry Dock in Erie, PA, we replaced the 20” and 48” discharge piping on four pumps as well as four valves. All of the piping was fabricated in the fab shop of the Wm. T. Spaeder Company.

How to Reduce Airborne Contamination for Commercial Buildings

December 10, 2020

While COVID-19 spreads mostly through close personal contact, some evidence suggests it can become airborne and travel long distances in certain situations. That means managing air purification in interior spaces is an important part of public health.

Project Showcase: Hospital Plumbing Part 4

December 3, 2020

Plumbing foreman Eric Bowman walks us through the finishing stages of a new patient care tower in Erie, PA.

Why Get an HVAC Inspection?

November 18, 2020

Periodic HVAC inspections are essential for improving the longevity of your air conditioning and heating system as well as monitoring its energy efficiency.

Cutting Massive Pipes with Wachs Cold Cutting Machine

November 2, 2020

This video demonstrates how we are using the Wachs cold cutting machine, also called an “air cutter,” to cut 48″ pipes. The Wachs cutter produces clean, accurate cuts that are ideal for welding. Steamfitters Apprentice Eric Holcomb talks about the overall process.

3D Scans Expedite Complex Tasks for the New Erie Insurance Office Building

October 13, 2020

The task of designing, fabricating, and installing the elaborate infrastructure for the new Erie Insurance Office Building fell to Wm. T. Spaeder Company, a family-owned and operated western Pennsylvania mechanical contractor.

FARO Laser Scanner Streamlines BIM Workflow

September 29, 2020

Wm. T. Spaeder Company used the FARO laser scanner to create point clouds which can be used for reference in the BIM modeling process. Laser scanning provides near perfect measurements and takes the guess work out of modeling.

Fall Protection Stand-down Week 2020

September 22, 2020

Fall Protection Stand-down Week sponsored by OSHA gives us an important reminder to implement fall protection standards every day.

Company Newsletter August 2020

August 7, 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.

Installing Central AC in Your Old House

July 9, 2020

One of the questions we get as HVAC professionals is about installing central air conditioning in older houses. Many houses on the East Coast, and in Erie where our headquarters is located, were built 100+ years ago. It is entirely possible to successfully retrofit these historic structures without losing the integrity of the house, but there are a …

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.