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The Falcon: JGM’s 2021 Q4 Newsletter

A Message from Our Founder & CEO

JGM’s 20th year in business has been an amazing year! We accomplished so much in just 12 months, while continuing to face challenges related to COVID-19, two historic floods, supply chain issues, and labor shortages. Though these seem like major headwinds, I see tremendous opportunity for JGM in the coming years as major investments are being made in national manufacturing, infrastructure, and renewable energy. It is an exciting time for U.S. based construction and manufacturing–the future is bright!

As 2021 comes to a close, it is always great to reflect on our team’s major accomplishments. First and foremost, we worked over 250,000 man hours and our experience modification rate (EMR) was reduced to 0.662, the lowest in company history – an amazing accomplishment! Our entire company trained over 5,000 hours to help improve both our safety and technical skills. Additionally, JGM’s steel erection group received its AISC Erector Certification, allowing us to pursue more complex projects for our industrial clients. This year, we also launched our Apprenticeship Training Program, so we can continue to grow a safe and sustainable workforce. Last, but certainly not least, this holiday season, our team broke a company record by collecting and donating over 330 toys to the Marines Toys for Tots Foundation. These are just a few of the highlights!

I want to thank all our employees, families, clients, vendors, and partners for your hard work and continued support. I wish you and your families a happy holiday and look forward to a safe and exciting 2022!

Joe Messner, Jr.

Joe Messner, Jr.

Founder & CEO



0.662 EMR

JGM Achieves Record-Breaking EMR Rate

Uncompromising safety, one of our core values, helped us reduce our experience modification rate (EMR) to a 0.662 –the lowest in company history! Learn more about the people and initiatives that helped us hit this milestone in our latest safety blog.



Scrap funnel stringer platform

Lime slaker replacement

Project Spotlights From Around the U.S.

From York, Pennsylvania to Butler, Indiana, the JGM team has been exceeding our clients’ expectations by completing projects fast, efficiently, and safely. Learn how our team partnered with Steel Dynamics to fabricate and install a new scrap funnel stringer platform. Plus, dig deeper into the lime slaker replacement project our team completed for Covanta Energy!

New Year, New Projects: Projects Starting in 2022

The JGM team is looking forward to a thrilling new year filled with new projects and clients. We are proud to announce the following project wins, which will begin in 2022.
  • Advanced Bulk and Conveying – Traveling across the country to Tacoma, Washington, the JGM team will be responsible for a bucket elevator swap out/replacement at James Hardy Building Product’s facility.
  • Big River Steel – We are proud to be awarded two projects with Big River Steel in Osceola, Arkansas for the spring of 2022. Our team will be responsible for the installation of a new coil slitting and packaging line as well as the installation of a new coil repair line.
  • High Steel Structures – The JGM team was selected as the fabricator for the Raritan River bridge girder project. In the new year, our team will begin fabricating 18 girders, totaling approximately 566 tons. The heaviest girder will be 33 tons and 95’ long with full penetration welds web to flange the entire length.
Stay in the know by following JGM on Facebook, Instagram, and LinkedIn to get the latest project updates and behind-the-scenes photos.


A Surprise Celebration

It is not an easy task to keep our Founder and CEO, Joe Messner, Jr., out of the know, but our Contract and Administration Manager, Kim Gunther, pulled it off! Every year, Kim plans our holiday party by coordinating the food, venue, toy drive, and raffle gifts. This year, she made the event extra special by secretly inviting family, friends, and supporters to the holiday party to surprise Joe Messner, Jr. with a 20th anniversary celebration. In 2001, at the age of 19, Joe started JGM with only a pickup truck and welding trailer. Many individuals helped and supported him along the way, so it was amazing to get everyone together again to celebrate 20 years of business. He was completely blown away!

One of the best parts of the party was the gift raffle. For the past seven years, JGM supported the Marines Toys for Tots Program. This year, to collect as many toys as possible for the cause, we gave away a free raffle ticket to any team member who donated a toy. Plus, our amazing employees, family, and friends who were entered into the raffle walked away with prizes such as an Xbox, 70” TV, snowblowers, Milwaukee battery-powered tool sets, electric scooters, concert tickets, and even an all-expense paid trip to Nashville. The party was a true success all around and we especially thank Kim for all her hard work!



Josh Day

Employee Spotlight: Josh Day

Meet Josh Day, an onsite field superintendent, as he shares information about his role at JGM, advice for others pursuing a similar career and a few fun facts.


Q4 New Hires

Join us in welcoming 14 new individuals to the JGM family. These new team members join JGM as welders, ironworkers, and millwrights. We are proud to have every one of these individuals on our team and can’t wait to see what they accomplish in 2022!

  • Cristopher Cisneros-Guzman, Welder 1
  • Reginald Hinton, Welder 1
  • Pasquale Lagano, Welder 1
  • Robert LeGrand, Journeyman Millwright
  • Gauge Linthicum, Welder 1 
  • Devon Moses-Johnson, Welder 1
  • Brett Pliska, Journeyman Millwright

  • Brandon Robbins, Journeyman Millwright
  • Justin Stephens, Journeyman Ironworker
  • Shawn Stewart, Journeyman Ironworker
  • James Styer, Welder 1
  • Keyshon Toney, Welder 1
  • Shavar Toney, Welder 1
  • Michael Treichler, Welder 1

Q4 Anniversaries


1 Year
Colin Asper, Welder 1 • Frank Bardo, III, Vice President of Fabrication • Darryl Berlinger, Vice President of Sales & Marketing • Harry Dales, Construction Project Manager • Brian Doran, Construction Project Manager • Anthony Wright, Millwright Foreman


2-5 Years

Brad Klick, Senior Estimator • Harold Salcedo-Saez, Welder

6-10 Years

Brian Sell, Superintendent • Robert Borrell, Shop Foreman • Mike Quinn, Welder 3 • Harry Persaud, Fabricator

11-15 Years

Kyle Wick, Fabrication Estimator

15+ Years
Joe Pardo, Estimator • Joe Messner, Jr., CEO

Q4 Recognitions

At JGM, we are committed to providing our team members with ongoing training and career advancement opportunities. Recently, our estimating team completed ABC Eastern PA’s eight-week, Fundamentals of Construction Estimating course where they improved their estimating skill sets in excavation, concrete masonry, carpentry, and finishes. Throughout this course, JGM team members had the opportunity to participate in hands-on, detailed modules to learn how to estimate the general conditions of construction projects, site work, and other trade disciplines. Additionally, activities associated with estimating metals, wood, doors, and windows were offered.

We are proud of Brad Klick, JP Messner, Joe Pardo, Erik Venuti, and Kyle Wick for their hard work and completion of this course.


JGM Toys For Tots Donations

‘Tis the Season to Spread Cheer

At JGM, we take pride in giving back to the community where we live, work, and play. It’s a tradition for our team members to volunteer and support organizations near and dear to their hearts during the holiday season.

This year, the JGM team achieved a new record by collecting over 330 items for Toys for Tots. All the toys we collected will be distributed to less fortunate families in the Coatesville community this Christmas. Plus, we are currently hosting a social media fundraiser where JGM will donate money to the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and the Chester County Food Bank for each like, comment, and share these posts receive. To help us spread cheer this holiday season, be sure to follow us on Facebook and Instagram and engage with our #SeasonOfGiving posts!

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