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 »


Our Work speaks for itself.

Each project Danforth has completed since 1884 has come with its own unique challenges. By never compromising and continually searching for new methods to overcome these challenges, we prove ourselves time and again as a leader in the mechanical contracting industry. Through the process of constructing solutions, we build client relationships and ensure mutual success. Several of our clients have testified to those stories of success here.

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?

Danforth Sponsors NYSAC’s Workshop Webinar on Meeting New York State’s Climate and Renewable Energy Goals

Danforth is proud to sponsor the New York State Association of Counties (NYSAC) Workshop Webinar on Meeting New York […]

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Field Foreman Receives Power of Our People Award

Project Executive Tom Reagan presented Foreman Patty Rizzo with the company’s Power of Our People Award at a recent […]

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Danforth Partners with Questar III BOCES for the 2020 STEM Research Institute Program

This summer Danforth’s Capital region location partnered with Questar III BOCES in their 2020 STEM Research Institute for Teachers […]

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Central New York Region Employees Participate in Habitat for Humanity Build

Danforth was proud to have two Central New York region employees participate in a Habitat for Humanity Women Build […]

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Danforth partners with ASBO for Upcoming Webinar – School Facilities Response to COVID – 19

At Danforth, it is our mission to deliver industry leading experiences to our customers every day. Many times those […]

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Hartmann Awarded Power of Our People

Central New York Region Estimator Chris Hartmann was nominated by fellow estimator Brian Langlois to receive Danforth’s Power of […]

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Join Us for the COVID – 19 Response Webinar for School Facilities on Thursday, June 25th at 10 am

As your District starts building your reopening plans for the fall, we understand that there are many factors that […]

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Two of Danforth’s Contract Administrators Recently Recognized with the Power of Our People Award

Congratulations to Senior Contract Administrator Mary Nowak and Subcontract Administrator Morgan Brown, recent recipients of the Power of Our […]

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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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