NFSA President Shane Ray Presents 65 Year Anniversary Award to Wm. T. Spaeder

National Fire Sprinkler Association President Shane Ray was honored to present an anniversary plaque to Jay Spaeder, president of the Wm. T. Spaeder Company in Erie, Pennsylvania. 

This plaque commemorated 65 years of contractor membership with the NFSA, making Spaeder one of the NFSA’s oldest members. 

Jay’s grandfather William T. Spaeder founded the company in 1914. The company’s offices showcase the family’s commitment to construction. Pictures of the Spaeder family decorate the company’s conference room, as well as pictures of the young Spaeder children playing with tools in their grandfather’s backyard. 

Rob Senger shows Shane Ray an aerial view of Spaeder's HQ.

Rob Senger shows Shane Ray an aerial view of Spaeder’s HQ.

Since 1914, the company has grown from its humble beginnings into a well-known name in the region. Spaeder covers all Western Pennsylvania, including Erie and Pittsburgh, as well as Eastern Ohio and the Buffalo, New York area. The company caters to several industries, from HVAC, to plumbing, and fire protection. 

The Wm. T. Spaeder Company has seen a lot in it’s over a century of being in business. From sports stadiums to high-rises, and residential properties, the Wm. T. Spaeder Company has installed and maintained fire sprinkler systems in a variety of settings. The company has worked on everything from foam systems to residential systems, and even boasts a fabrication shop on site. 

Partners in Progress for 65 Years

Jay Spaeder, Shane Ray, and Rob Senger, respectively, discuss the impact NFSA has had on the industry.

Jay Spaeder, Shane Ray, and Rob Senger, respectively, discuss the impact NFSA has had on the industry.

As Jay gave the team a tour through the company’s offices, he and President Ray discussed the state of the industry in Spaeder’s region, as well as nationally. Jay was excited to hear about NFSA’s model for high-rise retrofit legislation as well as the Association’s several councils and committees. 

Rob Senger, Fire Protection Service Manager for Spaeder, was also present and shared that NFSA classes as well as the Expert of the Day have been great member benefits for him and his team. 

The National Fire Sprinkler Association is honored to have served alongside The Wm. T. Spaeder Company for 65 years of the company’s 108-year history. Throughout the decades, the National Fire Sprinkler Association has championed for contractors like the Wm. T. Spaeder Company by advocating for legislation that increases the fire protection market. The NFSA staff also sit on several NFPA technical committees that protect and advance the industry. 

For more information on Wm. T. Spaeder, visit their website. To learn more about the NFSA and its mission to protect lives and property, visit their membership page today.