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J&J Sheet Metal Inc.

Seventy Years of Being Up to Any Challenge

J&J Sheet Metal Inc. (JJSM) has been known throughout central and southern New York for 70 years as the place to find high-quality sheet metal products. A family-owned firm up until its recent history, JJSM was sold to the Moro Corporation not too long ago by third-generation owner Michael Azersky, who remains president of the respected firm.

“We fabricate sheet metal duct work for mostly institutional projects, such as university hospitals, prisons and specialty work, and we have several well-known clients like Lockheed Martin. If a company in southern New York needs specialty stainless steel duct work, they know to turn to J&J,” says Azersky. “My guys will travel as far east as Yonkers and as far north as the St. Lawrence River to complete a project.”

The company, which is headquartered in Vestal, N.Y., has made a name for itself in part due to the quality of its work, but also because Azersky is willing to take any project, no matter how difficult. “We like a challenge. If it’s a unique project or unusual install, we’ll take a shot at it. Our guys are very detail-oriented and they always turn out a quality project.”

Award-winning Safety Program
J &J belongs to several trade organizations that help augment the company’s knowledge, networking and reputation, including the Associated Builders and Contractors Inc. (ABC) and the Northeastern Subcontractors Association Inc. (NESCA). The team at JJSM has won numerous awards from both of those organizations for its safety program. Most recently, the firm has won back-to-back Gold Awards from ABC in 2009 and 2010 and is a two-time Gold winner from NESCA in 2008 and 2009. All of JJSM’s employees are Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) 10-certified and its foremen are OSHA 30-certified. “We take safety very seriously here. Everyone has mandatory training annually. My goal each day is to make sure that my guys go home that night,” Azersky says.

Over its 70-year history, JJSM has seen its professionals work at hundreds of jobs sites, and Azersky details just a few recent projects on which the firm has worked:

“We provided all the sheet metal for a new construction and renovation project at Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital in Binghamton, N.Y. That was a very complex job. We had to accommodate the hospitals schedule and the building phases. We were in patient areas so we had to work with the various departments within the hospital as well. We have a good relationship with the hospital, though; when the triple cities flooded in 2006, we were at the hospital for eight months bringing it back to code.”

Helping Make N.Y. LEED-certified
The firm also worked on a rehab of a gymnasium at Binghamton University. The building, erected in the 1940s, was completed gutted and rebuilt into a state-of-the art facility. JJSM provided the steel for the advanced heating and cooling systems. The project is awaiting LEED designation, but is expected to garner a Silver certification.

JJSM is also working on six clinics in Broome and Tioga Counties to bring facilities into compliance with United Health Services Article 28, which addresses air quality in hospitals and clinics around the country. “Again, we’re working with clinics that want to stay open during the installation of their new or rehabbed heating and cooling systems. The work we’re doing on these projects is the same caliber of work that we would do on a LEED-certified project,” notes Azersky.

Looking towards the future, JJSM will be extending its comprehensive services to an even wider arena. Azersky says that in order for the company to grow he’s going to have to start bidding on projects that are typically not in JJSM’s traditional market. “We’re not afraid to travel, and there’s only so much work going on right now in our region. We just bid on some projects in Pennsylvania and we’ve been invited to bid on a Veteran’s Administration hospital in Tampa, Fla. If we get those projects, we’ll have to send down a supervisor and a small crew and augment our staff with local workers.”

When it comes to expansion plans and calling on an extended team, JJSM is aided by the smart maneuver to join the Moro Corporation. Moro owns companies throughout the niches that make up the industrial distribution, manufacturing and services sector. Being associated with such a holding company and its potential inter-company collaborations provides Michael Azersky and his employees the security of knowing that even though JJSM is still autonomous, the company has a much larger organization behind it to offer possible opportunities, manual support and economic stability.

Well-known and in demand within the commercial-grade fabrication and HVAC install market, J & J Sheet Metal Inc. maintains the resources that will further its success throughout the Southern Tier region of New York state and beyond.

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