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Contractor in the News: Goergen-Mackwirth Co.: A century strong

Aug 2, 2016

SMACNA contractor Goergen-Mackwirth Co. Inc., a custom sheet metal fabrication shop in North Buffalo, N.Y. is celebrating an extraordinary milestone this year—its 100th anniversary.

“We are excited that we are here to represent every employee who has worked for the organization over the last 100 years,” said Jeff Mertz, owner of the firm. “We stand proud and recognize the strong customer relationships, the talented and hard-working employees, and distinguished leadership that has sustained this organization. We pledge to maintain our high standards and our goal to ‘consistently exceed customer expectations’ for the next 100 years and promise to continue to recognize the extraordinary history of the organization.”

Mr. Mertz credits the firm’s success to the contributions of his talented workforce and the lasting relationships with his customers.

Founded in 1916 by three entrepreneurs from Buffalo Forge Co., John Goergen, Fred Mackwirth, and John Yager, by 1922 the company was being run by John Yager. His son, Gilbert Yager, took over in 1967 and ran the firm until 1986, when the business was sold to former SMACNA president Wayne Mertz. His son, Jeff Mertz, purchased the company from his father in 2011.

Goergen-Mackwirth (“GoMac”) specializes in custom steel fabrication, on-site industrial contracting services, and precision sheet metal products. They fabricated the ice platform for the French Connection statue at First Niagara Center.

GoMac acquired Niagara Frontier Custom Fabrication of Buffalo in June 2015. Both firms employ members of Sheet Metal Workers Local 71 and take pride in the skill and knowledge of their employees.