Who We Are

Our Mission:

Driven to be the fastest, safest and most effective fabricator and constructor in the world.
At JGM, we’ve created a culture that emphasizes safety, quality and speed. From accelerated schedules and tight project constraints to design complexities and logistical difficulties, we tackle projects that other fabricators and industrial constructors say are impossible. Then, we push the boundaries with our creative, collaborative approach to problem-solving.

Our “All In, Can-Do” attitude is what draws new clients in, while our attention to detail and ability to deliver on complex challenges is what keeps them coming back.

We lead the industry in:

Our 75,000 square foot, state-of-the-art fabrication facility in Coatesville, PA is our home base, however, our diverse network of industry partners spreads across the world.

Our skilled team of engineers, designers, fabricators, welders, riggers, project managers and all-around construction experts have the resources to meet any challenge and deliver fast, flexible steel fabrication and industrial construction solutions when you need it yesterday.

We Push Boundaries.

We tackle projects that other fabricators and industrial constructors say are impossible, and we ask our clients to challenge us. We push boundaries with our creative, collaborative approach to problem solving. We figure out how to say yes, instead of why it can’t be done.

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We believe that we are creating a special environment where everyone is valued for the contributions they make to our mutual success. What’s the result of having a team like this? Extreme client satisfaction and continued company growth.

We work together, we help each other, we rely on each other. If you are interested in working for JGM—or curious to see why our team members love it here— see our Careers Page.

When you need it yesterday, JGM is the reliable partner for your fast track and mission critical projects. If you want to hire us or need our help on a project, submit your request to work with us.

Our Leaders

Joe Messner Jr.
Founder and
President
At just 15 years of age, Joe began his career in steel fabrication and erection as a helper with a West Pennsylvania contractor. He ultimately became a crew leader on field and shop jobs, leading workers twice his age.
He gained invaluable experience in all aspects of fabrication, welding and erection, reading blue prints, job estimating and competitive bidding. In 2001, at age 19, he boldly set off on his own and formed JGM.
 
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Since that time, Joe has successfully transitioned from performing the hands-on work to focusing on overseeing the daily operations of the company, including developing and implementing a long-term strategic vision and building a team to support this vision.

He is constantly looking for new opportunities in the marketplace and is developing new marketing strategies to create a strong and differentiated JGM brand.

Joe lives in Chester Springs, PA with his wife and young daughter. In his free time, he likes going to the beach, boating and riding personal watercrafts on the Chesapeake Bay, and working out.
JP Messner
Sales and Estimating
After receiving a B.S. in Marketing from West Chester University, JP joined JGM in 2008. His career began as an apprentice level ironworker and ultimately became a foreman running structural steel erection and industrial projects across the country with man-hours in excess of 50,000.
With his years of experience, great attitude and his excellent understanding of the construction industry, in 2013, JP transitioned from the field to the sales and estimating team.
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JP is currently responsible for reviewing new bid packages, performing detailed project take offs, developing and maintaining relationships with new and existing clients, vendors and subcontractors that will allow JGM to continue to grow and be successful.

In JP’s spare time, he enjoys golfing and relaxing at the beach.
Joe Messner Sr.
Executive Vice President
Joe Messner Sr. joined JGM full time in 2008 with over 35 years of construction, manufacturing and finance-related experience.
In this position, he oversees all financial and technological aspects of the company, including developing and implementing financial systems and controls for estimating, job costing, purchasing, accounting and IT.
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He was formally president and co-founder of a mid-sized regional mechanical contracting and process vessel fabrication company for 14 years. He was instrumental in growing the sales of the company in excess of $12 million, providing services to a variety of Fortune 500 customers.

Joe has a BS in Accounting from Villanova University. Joe also owns a fitness club in West Chester, Pa. He and his girlfriend enjoy exercising their two bloodhounds, boating and waterskiing. Joe has three grown children and is the father of JGM president Joe Messner, Jr.
Chip Ashenfelter
Purchasing Manager
When Chip joined JGM in 2007 he brought with him 18 years of varied experience from being a crane operator, steel fabricator, industrial installer, and experience in purchasing & estimating. At JGM he began in estimating & purchasing where early on he helped bring Joe Jr’s vision to reality. With his natural ability to get what is needed before it’s needed and his ability to see the whole job before its clear to others, he became the Purchasing Manager for JGM.
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Chip Ashenfelter is currently responsible for purchasing all the material for all the different types of jobs, he also helps production & scheduling to make sure work flows through the shop, and in-between he mixes in a bit of estimating.

When Chip’s not at work, he volunteers his time as the President of Soccer at Glenmoore Eagle Youth Association and is the Treasurer of his son’s Boy Scout Troop.
Rick Kotowski
Director of Field Operations
Rick joined JGM in 2015, after 23 years supervising all phases of projects in the Industrial Construction Industry. With his extensive construction management experience, ability to deliver complex projects ahead of schedule, and strong leadership skills when Rick joined JGM he became the Director of Field Operations.
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Rick Kotowski is responsible for setting up and supervising all field projects for a wide variety of customers across the country. He supports estimating, project cost control and schedules all man power & equipment for industrial construction, maintenance, rigging, emergency call in, and shutdowns. He supervises millwright work, process piping, rigging, structural steel and instillation.

In Rick’s spare time, he enjoys spending time with his grandson, shooting guns and riding motorcycles.
Joe Pardo
Estimator & Project Manager
After working in his family’s automotive business and bartending on the side, Joe joined JGM in 2005. He began as an entry level fabricator and quickly became a Shop Foreman and then Shop Superintendent. As a fast learner and eager to share knowledge, Joe helped grow JGM from a small team to 65 shop employees. Because of Joe’s desire to understand many aspects of steel fabrication and his personable nature, in 2016 he joined the Estimating and Project Management team. Early in 2017 Joe obtained certification as a certified welding inspector (CWI). Joe shares his ever-expanding knowledge, to ensure continued growth in JGM's fabrication capabilities and quality.
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Joe Pardo is responsible for the shops Estimating and Project Management, and in-particular is focused on the fast-track fabrication of heavy, complex weldments and structures.

Joe enjoys spending time with his wife Marina and his young son Luca. He loves taking on new projects, weather it is building a car or motorcycle from the ground up or home renovations. He is also a fan of Philly sports teams and cheesesteaks.
Rey Rodriguez
Director of Safety and Quality
After receiving a B.S. in Accounting from Stetson University in Florida, Rey moved to Philadelphia to work at SEI Investments and in 2013 he joined JGM. He started as a Senior Financial Analyst and since then moved into running Continuous Improvement where he revamped recruiting & worked with the team to find better ways to operate the business. With Rey’s strong ability to bring people together to find simple but powerful solutions, in early 2017 he transitioned to be the Director of Safety and Quality.
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Rey Rodriguez is building on the safety and quality programs that have made JGM successful throughout its history. He is making sure every JGM employee always integrates safe practices and a quality mindset into their daily work.

Rey is also very involved in his local community. He is on the Board of Directors at the Phoenixville Regional Chamber of Commerce and is a Board Member for Phoenixville Jaycees—a non-profit that helps young adults develop leadership skills through community service.
Generations of commitment
Our Company's History