Senior Project Manager | Sheet Metal Manager
Joe is a graduate of Thaddeus Stevens College of Technology where he studied Sheet Metal Fabrication & Welding. Joe has Twenty-Four years worth of experience in Sheet Metal Fabrication, Installation, HVAC hydraulic piping, systems, and refrigeration. Joe has worked for Walton & Company a total of 20 years. He started out at Walton & Company working in our Fabrication Shop; he then entered the field as a Forman on Commercial projects for a total of 2 years then obtained a Project Managers position. Joe has since been promoted to Senior Project Manager a position he has held for 5 years and also was recognized the title of Sheet Metal Fabrication Manager which he has held for 4 plus years respectively. Joe is recognized by the ABC Keystone Chapter as an NCCER Certified Mentor for the states certified Apprenticeship Program. Joe is also a member of the Refrigeration Service Engineers Society.
Sheet Metal Installation Superintendent
After graduating from Northern High School, Brian Wentz followed in his Dad’s footsteps as a Tradesman and started his career working in the Sheet Metal Trade. He began his career working for a local mechanical contractor who provided him the opportunity to attend and graduate from a Pennsylvania registered Sheet Metal Apprenticeship program. During this time, he gained valuable experience working in a fabrication sheet metal shop and on installation projects in the field.
In 1989, Brian was offered the opportunity to help open and establish Walton & Company. After working as a Sheet Metal Mechanic for a few years, Brian moved into the role of a Sheet Metal Field Superintendent and has been managing the work of Walton’s sheet metal field Laborers, Apprentices, Mechanics, and Foremen since 1983. As the trades have evolved over the years, Brian is Walton’s vital link that provides 37 years of knowledge and understanding about the important elements of precision sheet metal field measurement and installation skills that are so important to quality workmanship.
Clay Reider has almost forty years of experience in industrial mechanical engineering and contracting field. He has spent the majority of his career in the industrial heating and combustion industry and is passionate about helping businesses resolve their most difficult and challenging plant and process problems. While designing and managing industrial and commercial mechanical projects is his function by day, Clay enjoys golf, travel and spending time with his family.
Jim’s career in the mechanical trades began on October 8th, 1984 with a small mechanical contractor in Lancaster Pa. He entered the field as a laborer/apprentice. He then moved to sheet-metal installation foreman, then superintendent, and finally project manager. Jim joined Team Walton on June 6th, 2005. From his humble beginnings, Jim has 34 years of experience in a wide variety of industrial installations. Hospital/medical/ & retirement communities. Pharmaceutical production & development facilities, food processing & packaging, universities & private schools, weapons/rifle ranges, and multiple miscellaneous commercial installations. Jim’s ability to communicate and provide professional insight through years of experience for any installation challenge is an asset we’re proud to share with all of our customers.
Matt started his career in the mechanical trades on March 27th, 2000 at Walton & Company. He started working in the field as a sheet metal laborer. Shortly after starting in the field Matt applied for the sheet metal apprentice program and graduated in May of 2004. Matt worked as a sheet metal installation foreman from May 2004 till October 2015. Matt was promoted to Project manager in October 2015. Matt has worked in many various industries in his 18-year career with Walton & Company. Military manufacturing and testing facilities, hospitals and medical facilities, schools and universities, office renovations, large warehousing facilities and a wide range of commercial buildings. Matt enjoys hunting and shooting sports. Matt also enjoys spending time with his wife Jen and their two children camping, traveling and being involved at their church
Jason Hamme is a graduate of Spring Grove Area High School, class of 1996. In September of 1997, he was hired by Dick Walton to be a laborer for the plumbing department. The following year he began plumbing apprenticeship courses with the Associated Builders and Contractors Inc., Keystone Chapter, in Mount Joy. After graduating from the apprenticeship program, he earned a Journeyman’s and Master’s Plumber License in Pennsylvania, a Journeyman’s Plumber license in West Virginia, and acquired a Maryland Journeyman’s Plumber/Gas Fitter’s License with high-pressure gas endorsement. During this time, Jason also obtained a Medical Gas Installer 6010 certification.
As the years progressed, the roles Jason filled at Walton and Company changed from apprentice to mechanic to plumbing foreman. As a foreman, he was tasked with a large variety of projects from small scale commercial installations to biopharmaceutical manufacturing facilities renovations.
Jason’s past licensing, certifications, field experience, and training have proven to be an asset to him as he performs his current role as a project manager. Jason delivers his knowledge of installing plumbing, HVAC and production systems to his clients and works closely with engineers and designers to ensure the final product performs and functions as designed.
I am considered to be one of the original employees of Walton and Company, having been here since conception in the spring of 1989. I was hired as a laborer and after six months I signed up for the plumbing apprentice program. In fact, I am the 1st person to graduate from the apprenticeship program at Walton & Company. I became a Journeyman/Foreman in 1994 and became one of the 1st licensed plumbers in the state of Maryland in the company. In the mid-2000s I was the foreman on mostly larger projects, and in 2008 was asked to move into Project Management. I began managing smaller projects but again moved up to larger projects. In fact, for the past 5 years, I have been involved with the McHenry Row complex. To date, Walton & Company has either completed or is actively involved in over sixty projects McHenry Row totaling $15 million in work performed.
As for me personally, I spent 4 years in the Army after graduating from High School. I also worked in maintenance at a hotel in between the Army and Walton & Company. I started attending Harrisburg Area Community College in 2013 and in May of 2018 graduated with an Associate’s degree in HVAC install and design. I have been married for 24 years, have two daughters, and a granddaughter. I enjoy watching all sports, playing golf, and spending time with my family.
Danny D was an honor roll graduate of the Class of 1983 Industrial Arts program at New Oxford High School. His continued education at RETS Tech Center’s studies and laboratory activities within the Refrigeration Climate Control and Clean Air curriculum earned him a Maryland Accredited Certificate. He served and fulfilled a service type apprenticeship program with a local service company serving the York/Hanover and Adams County area from Sept. 1986 to June 1996. Danny D was initially hired by Walton & Co. as an assistant service manager however his capabilities allowed him to carry many titles before he was promoted to a project manager. He currently represents Walton & Co. as a senior project manager while serving clients in the Industrial, Manufacturing, Pharmaceutical and Defense industries.
After completing a tour of service with the United States Army, John began his career in the mechanical trades as a plumbing apprentice. After completing his apprenticeship, he began working with Walton & Company in 1990 as a Plumbing Foreman. After many years of working in the field as a foreman, he moved into estimating, and eventually began working as a Project Manager.
The elements of his work that keeps him motivated as a Project Manager are the ever-changing work environments, job locations, and the opportunities to learn about different types of manufacturing processes that affect some of his projects. The majority of his projects here at Walton focus on tenant fit-outs. These projects are very fast paced and meeting the needs of the tenant and general contractor can be challenging, but it is the priority. For John, the ability to “think on his feet,” “anticipate the next need for the project be it manpower, weather, project changes,” and the improvement of technology, “moving from the days of a beeper and pay phone to today’s world of texting and email, all help keep his projects on schedule and within budget.
John is a lifelong resident of York County and is a proud Father of two college students. His personal passion is skiing. Not only does he enjoy the thrill of downhill and backcountry skiing, but he also serves as a member of the National Ski Patrol whose creed is that of service and safety. A perfect, challenging, ski day for John would be skiing Tuckerman Ravine on the Southeast face of Mt. Washington, in the White Mountains of New Hampshire.