Who We Are

Defining Excellence Since 1884.

Our Mission: Deliver industry leading experiences to our customers every day.

As an industry leader with over 130 years of experience, John W. Danforth Company specializes in providing engineered mechanical solutions in the Commercial, Sports & Entertainment, Industrial, Healthcare, Higher Ed & K-12, Government, and Advanced Technology Manufacturing (ATM) markets. Our mission is simple: to deliver industry leading experiences to our customers every day. Throughout the entire lifecycle of a project, our in-house sales, estimating, VDC, fabrication and installation teams work together to ensure we deliver technical solutions and value-based results.

At Danforth, we believe that our greatest asset is our people. As a growing company with over 700 office professionals and union trades workers in our fabrication shops and in the field, our employees are dedicated to our vision of building meaningful relationships from coast to coast. We are an employee-owned company and our leadership is committed to attracting and retaining high-achieving personnel.

With empowered employees at every level of the organization, John W. Danforth Company continues to supply turn-key solutions for any HVAC, refrigeration, plumbing, critical environment, custom metal fabrication, energy performance, or specialty mechanical project.

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We provide turn-key solutions for our customers, no matter the market.



Danforth’s Design-Build Model brings our 130 years of experience to the table from day one of your project. Our highly experienced team streamlines communication and project coordination by gathering all parties from design, estimating, fabrication, and installation under one roof. With a model centered on core principles of risk management, accountability, cost sensitivity, expedited delivery, and preeminent quality, we deliver innovative and value-based solutions for any project.Learn More »


Danforth maintains our own in-house Virtual Design & Construction Services Team with a staff of over 30 people. We utilize a full suite of software including AutoCAD MEP, Inventor, Trimble, Revit and Navisworks to coordinate with the project team and other building trades, our fabrication shops and the field installation team. We have also use a Leica 3D laser scanner, a tool which allows us to better provide comprehensive services. Our goal is to work through any conflicts prior to construction beginning so that work can be performed on time and on budget.Learn More »


The Danforth Energy Team implements energy initiatives for the K-12, municipal and industrial markets. Our professionals will create a customized plan to save you money and reduce energy consumption through a variety of facility improvement measures. These measures can include mechanical upgrades, lighting enhancement, building controls and envelope improvements. Our comprehensive services include energy performance contracts and ongoing support to monitor the programs and to ensure energy reduction goals are being met or exceeded.Learn More »


Danforth offers commercial and industrial HVAC and plumbing services as part of preventive maintenance agreements as well as emergency maintenance. In addition, our team can provide a full suite of environmental services such as testing, adjust, balancing and duct cleaning to keep your building systems performing at optimal levels and building occupants satisfied. Our team’s goal is to properly maintain you building’s mechanical equipment to help reduce operating costs and increase equipment lifespan.Learn More »

The Power of Our People

A message from our CEO.

“The John W. Danforth Company was built on the principles of determination, collaboration and partnership. For over 137 years, those foundational principles have enabled us to find success and build meaningful relationships with our clients, our communities and our people.

Since 1884, the power of our people has built this organization. Our support of each other allows us to execute complex projects safely while providing value to our partners and clients. We continue to grow our market footprint by embracing innovation and exceeding our client’s requirements. Our driving force remains our diligent and brave skilled trade professionals on our jobsites and in our shops. We take pride in our work each and every day. Delivering industry leading experiences is more than our mission, it is an obligation to our clients, our business partners and to one another. As one team, united by shared values and a common mission, we will continue to find success and create long term relationships.”

Robert Beck, Chief Executive Officer

Our Values

Our core values are based upon four pillars:



Through the construction of a culture based in individual ownership, we empower our employees and provide them with the resources necessary to delivery industry leading experiences every day.


Danforth maintains a best in the business safety culture by keeping each other accountable and striving to protect our most valuable asset: our people.


As an employee-owned company (ESOP) where individual and overall success are directly aligned, Danforth retains personnel who perform at a high level without compromise.


By engaging the other three pillars and never compromising excellence, Danforth is able to invest in the future of the company through the form of facilities, equipment and training.

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What’s happening at Danforth?

LaBarbera Presented with Power of Our People Award

Last week Vinny LaBarbera, Capital Region warehouse logistics and dispatch manager, was presented with the Power of Our People […]

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Danforth Featured in 2021 Book of Giants

Contractor Magazine, a national industry recognized publication, recently named Danforth as one of their 2021 Book of Giants.

Danforth […]

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Danforth’s Dave Jager to Present for ECASB’s On Target Virtual Program

On Monday, April 26th, Energy Account Executive Dave Jager will give a presentation to the Erie County Association of […]

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Reilly Memorial Scholarship Winner Honored with the SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Student Excellence

Hunter DeJonge, a Construction Management student from Alfred State College, was recently honored with the SUNY Chancellor’s Award for […]

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Danforth’s Eric Klaffka Presenting at the 2021 MEP Conference

Danforth’s VDC Manager Eric Klaffka will be presenting at the 2021 MEP Innovation Conference taking place online April 26th […]

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John W. Danforth Company Announces Two Executive Promotions

Danforth is pleased to announce two executive promotions. Wendy Glauber was named General Counsel & Vice President of Human […]

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Women In Construction Spotlight

Last week, Danforth highlighted some of our own women in construction with WIC Spotlight features.

Each feature takes a […]

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A Recap of Women In Construction Week

To commemorate Women In Construction Week for 2021, the women of Danforth, including field, office and shop personnel, participated […]

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John W. Danforth Company is committed to responding to the ongoing COVID-19 efforts

focused on the health and safety of our co-workers, our customers, our project partners, and our communities.

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