W.G. Tomko opens 40,000 square-foot expansion

Michael Bradwell
Observer Reporter

W.G. Tomko Inc. opened its new 40,000 square-foot expansion at its Finleyville headquarters, with a major emphasis on its fabrication shop.

The project, originally announced in June 2015, was showcased Friday with tours of the new area.

The 62-year-old company is one of the largest privately owned mechanical companies on the East Coast. The latest expansion was completed with the help of a $5 million loan from Washington County Industrial Authority.

While Tomko is a full-service mechanical contractor for a wide range of industries, dealing in design, construction, plumbing, HVAC, site utility, LEED and energy surveying services, its new addition puts a major focus on fabrication, with 16 welding stations.

Chief Operating Officer Dan White said the company has more than 500 employees, with the majority working in the field.

White noted the expanded area enables the company to do more preassembly of pipes for the oil and gas industry, such as launchers and receivers and spool pieces for compressor stations – a growing focus for the company since the advent of Marcellus Shale exploration and production.

But he also showed how other large-scale projects – such as the assembly of multiple toilets for public restrooms in a stadium or other large spaces, enables the construction of a module that can be taken to the construction site and immediately hooked into plumbing.

In addition to its growing list of oil and gas contracts, Tomko does a variety of work in other industries in West Virginia, New York, Pennsylvania and Washington, D.C.

The work included The Meadows Racetrack & Casino, Children’s South – Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh in South Fayette; Dick’s Sporting Goods’ headquarters in Findlay Township; and a casino in Baltimore.

Currently, about 75 percent of the company’s work is in the D.C.-Baltimore corridor, White said.