Our Evolution


2020 | Danforth Names New President & COO

Patrick W. McParlane is named President and COO of Danforth, making him the company’s 9th President.

2019 | Danforth Expands Operations into Ohio

Danforth begins regional operations in Columbus, Ohio.

2019 | Danforth Awarded NYS ORDA Olympic Sports Complex

Twenty years after completing the Lake Placid Bobsled Project for the Goodwill Games, Danforth is awarded the New York State ORDA Olympic Sports Complex project to construct a new base lodge.

2018 | Danforth Names Robert Beck CEO

Robert Beck becomes President and CEO of the John W. Danforth Company.

2018 | Danforth Named Mechanical Contractor of the Year

Danforth is named Mechanical Contractor of the Year by Plumbing and Mechanical Magazine.

2018 | Danforth Hosts MCAA Fabrication Conference

Over 200 member contractors from across the country tour Danforth’s Tonawanda fabrication facilities.

2017 | Danforth Opens New Capital Region Office

Danforth consolidates offices in the Capital Region to a new facility in Halfmoon, NY.

2016 | Danforth Re-establishes Syracuse Presence

Danforth expands into Syracuse, NY with new office location

2016 | Danforth Expands Rochester Fabrication Facilities

2015 | Danforth Introduces New Leader

Robert Beck becomes President of Danforth

2014 | Danforth Expands to Albany Region

Danforth opens Albany Regional office in Clifton Park, NY

2014 | Danforth Acquires Assets of Capital Region Mechanical Contractor

2008 | Danforth Builds New Rochester HQ

Danforth builds new LEED Certified office in Victor, NY

2008 | Danforth Obtains ISO 9001 Certification

Danforth is certified as an ISO 9001:2008 company, solidifying a commitment to quality and customer service.

2005 | Danforth Acquires Boiler Specialists

Danforth Acquires Automatic Firing

2005 | Danforth Expands Corporate Campus

Danforth builds new Sheet Metal Fabrication shop in Tonawanda, NY

2004 | Danforth Acquires Sheet Metal Supplier

Danforth acquires Niagara Frontier Sheet Metal

2003 | Danforth Acquires Filter Supplier

Danforth acquires Total Filtration Solutions

2002 | Danforth Introduces New CEO, Relocates to New Campus

Kevin “Duke” Reilly becomes CEO and the company moves into the Colvin Woods Business Park

1999 | Danforth On The Assist for Winter Games

Danforth installs 50 miles of refrigerant piping in Lake Placid, NY for the Goodwill Winter Games Bobsled Track

1993 | Danforth Introduces New CEO

Wayne Reilly becomes CEO of Danforth

1988 | Danforth Acquires Mechanical Contractor

Danforth acquires Nova Mechanical in Syracuse, NY

1985 | JWD Group, Inc. Established

JWD Group, Inc is formed as parent company of new divisions and branch offices

1980 | Danforth Acquires Mechanical Contractor

Danforth acquires Dineen Mechanical in Rochester, NY

1979 | Danforth Cleans Up Love Canal

Danforth becomes one of the first contractors to be licensed by the Atomic Energy Commission and begins remedial work at Love Canal

1978 | Danforth Introduces New President

Wayne Reilly becomes Danforth’s President

1967 | Danforth Adds Cleanroom Capabilities

Danforth begins providing state-of-the-art Cleanroom construction services

1964 | Danforth Introduces New President

L. Nelson Hopkins becomes Danforth’s President

1959 | Danforth Relocates HQ

Danforth moves headquarters to 1940 Fillmore Avenue in Buffalo, NY

1946 | Danforth Opens New Office

Danforth opens branch office in Niagara Falls, NY

1940 | Danforth Aids in WWII Manufacturing

Danforth constructs aircraft-manufacturing plants to aid the United States in WWII

1936 | Danforth Acquired

Leo Hopkins and Albert Wood acquire Danforth

1917 | Danforth Serves US NAVY

United States enters WWI; Danforth serves as general contractor for the US Navy Bureau of Docks and Yards

1911 | Danforth Introduces New Leader

Loring Danforth becomes the company’s leader

1897 | Danforth Incorporated, Establishes HQ

John W. Danforth Company is Incorporated and moves into Ellicott Street location in Buffalo, NY

1889 | Danforth Joins Industry Organization

Danforth becomes a member of the Master Steam and Hot Water Fitters Association

1884 | Danforth Established

John Willison Danforth establishes the John W. Danforth Company