M. Davis & Sons Provides High-Tech Solutions with Messer Plasma Cutting Equipment

Tyler Way Shop, Fabrication, Delaware, Pennsylvania, New Jersey

Wilmington, DE – Feb. 19, 2018 – Peggy Del Fabbro, CEO of M. Davis & Sons, announced that it has acquired a Messer Cutting Systems Evolution® Plasma Cutting Table. The revolutionary new equipment enables M. Davis and Sons fabrication specialists to produce an enhanced level of smooth edge quality, precision hole cutting, and it keeps the surrounding work area smoke free. 

“We are excited to offer the new equipment to advance the customer’s project schedule,” said John Bonk, M. Davis and Sons’ Vice-President of Operations. 

The new state-of-the-art plasma cutting equipment by Messer Cutting Systems is software controlled and allows M. Davis & Sons to provide a larger volume of plate cutting in-house to accommodate client needs. The plasma cutting table allows materials to be cut run in measurements from 1.5” for carbon steel to 1-inch for stainless steel and to achieve high-quality edges. Metal plates are aligned to the torch via a camera for extreme accuracy. 

One of the most innovative features of the equipment is its smoke-free design. It’s equipped with exhaust dampers that open and close as the welding torch moves for a safer work environment. The Messer Slagger component automatically cleans the machine base with pusher blades for cleaning performed in just minutes for minimal downtime. 

The plasma cutting equipment represents the next evolution for steel fabrication and industrial construction. An innovative approach to construction and fabrication enables the company to work faster and produce the highest quality results while providing significant time savings for any project. 

The company recently sent two of its fabrication specialists to Wisconsin to receive specialized training and instruction on the equipment’s operation. Additional operators are being trained as part of an ongoing in-house program. 

The acquisition of the Messer Cutting Systems Evolution® Plasma Cutting Table by M. Davis & Sons provides the company’s clients in multiple industries with an enhanced level of quality, precision and options for modular process skid fabrication and assembly, steel fabrication, industrial construction and welding. 

MDavis Wins ABC National Safety Excellence Award

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Leading Industrial Contractor and Fabricator Wins ABC National Safety Excellence Award

M. Davis and Sons, Inc. has been awarded the National Safety Excellence Award, which is the industry’s leading safety laurel that honors both merit shop general and specialty contractors.

Long Beach, CA, March 29, 2018—Associated Builders and Contractors Delaware Chapter announced the winners of the prestigious Excellence in Construction award during its 28thannual celebration held in Long Beach, California.

M. Davis and Sons. Inc. is the leader in construction and fabrication of corporate plants and facilities for Fortune 500 Companies. Their expertise in mechanical, electrical, fabrication, instrumentation, and power distribution equipment create efficient processes for their customers.

Receiving the award has been termed as a milestone for the company as the Excellence in Construction awards program is the industry’s leading competition that honors both general and specialty contractors for innovative and high-quality merit shop construction projects.

Held on March 26, 2018, the ceremony of the ABC’s 28thAnnual Excellence in Construction Awards had guests from every corner of the industry.

Talking to them, the 2018 ABC National Chair George R. Nash. Jr., Director of Preconstruction at Branch & Associates in Herndon, VA said,

 “I am continually inspired by the amazing talent these ABC members and their employees display every day in the communities they build. It is an honor to recognize their commitment to world-class safety, superior craftsmanship, and cutting-edge innovation.The scope of this year’s Excellence in Construction award-winning projects, from a science museum and luxury apartment buildings to a polyethylene facility and sports stadiums, proves that if it can be built, the merit shop can be built it, on time and on budget.”

The Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) organizes Excellence in Construction Awards every year and selects winners based on the several criteria such as experience modification rating, OSHA report information, commitment to safe work practices, policy and leadership,  and safety vision.

About ABC:

Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) is a national construction industry trade association established in 1950. It represents more than 21,000 members. Founded on merit shop philosophy, ABC and its 70 chapters help members develop people, winwork, and deliver that work safely, ethically, and profitably for the betterment of the communities in which ABC and its members work.   For more information visit

About M. Davis & Sons, Inc.

M. Davis & Sons, Inc. is a fifth generation women-owned industrial contractor and fabricator located in Delaware that has served customers for more than 145 years in the oil & gas, chemical, pharmaceutical, food, beverage and industrial markets.

M. Davis & Sons Promotes Christina MacMillan to Business Development Manager

CVM Diversity

WILMINGTON, DE (December 29, 2016)— M. Davis & Sons, Inc., a woman-owned, fifth generation industrial construction company, has promoted long-term manager Christina MacMillan to Business Development Manager.

MacMillan, who joined M. Davis & Sons in 1998 as an Accounting Agent has since risen steadily through the ranks, most recently serving as the company’s Controller and Manager of Supplier Diversity.  She will now oversee the 145-year-old company’s business development and marketing operations.  MacMillan will continue in her role as Manager of Supplier Diversity.  Recently Mrs. MacMillan graduated with the Leadership Delaware Class of 2016.  Leadership Delaware (LDI) is a tenth month program that mentors young Delawareans to excel as leaders in community, non-profit, political and professional roles.

“Christina is an accomplished business professional who has been an enthusiastic and dependable contributor on my management team for many years,” said Peggy Del Fabbro, CEO. “Her dedication to M. Davis is commendable.  She brings an accounting mindset to help our organization analyze the opportunities and contribute to the strategic planning for future growth.”

A resident of Newark, Del., MacMillan earned her BS in Business Administration and MBA from Goldey-Beacom College.

About M. Davis & Sons, Inc.

M. Davis & Sons, Inc. is a fifth generation woman-owned merit shop mechanical/electrical contractor and fabricator located in Delaware, serving customers in the Oil & Gas, Chemical, Pharmaceutical, Food, Beverage and Industrial markets.

M. Davis & Sons, Inc. Names New President

New Hire

John Gooden Assumes New Role April 1

WILMINGTON, DE (March 29, 2016)—John C. Gooden has been named president of M. Davis & Sons, Inc., a woman-owned, fifth generation industrial construction company based in Wilmington, Delaware. The position was formerly held by John Bonk, who will now coordinate field operations.

Gooden, who has been vice president at M. Davis since 2002, has more than 25 years of experience in the contracting and construction industry. As president, he will have oversight of safety, human resources and employee training. He will continue to be instrumental in the development of new markets and client relationships.

“John is the trusted point person on contract negotiations for our company,” said Peggy Del Fabbro, CEO. “He is also one of the driving forces behind the development of a capable workforce in our community through his passionate commitment to regional vocational high schools and training facilities. We’re excited to have his leadership, experience, integrity and dedication in his new role as president.”

Gooden earned his bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Delaware via an ROTC scholarship. He continued to serve in our armed forces with the United States Army Reserves until 1996.   He is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton Advanced Management program. He is past president of the University of Delaware Engineering Alumni and continues to be active with the engineering school through its scholarship program and the university’s Engineers Without Borders Chapter. A 20-year Rotarian, Gooden is a member of the Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) Delaware chapter, where he served on the board for seven years and as board chairman in 2012. He works with ABC’s careers committee and chairs the legislative committee.

“Manufacturing is one of the fastest growing sectors of the economy, so it’s an exciting time to be president of an organization like M. Davis, whose inclusive culture is to foster and encourage the next generation of workers,” Gooden said. “I am excited to be working with Peggy Del Fabbro and the rest of our talented team to continue the company’s rapid momentum and industry leadership.”

About M. Davis & Sons, Inc.

Davis & Sons, Inc. is a fifth generation woman-owned merit shop mechanical/electrical contractor and fabricator located in Delaware, serving customers in the Oil & Gas, Chemical, Pharmaceutical, Food, Beverage and Industrial markets. For more information, visit

M. Davis & Sons, Inc. Names New Vice President of Risk Management

New Hire

Todd P. Moran Assumes New Role September 9, 2016

WILMINGTON, DE (September 19, 2016)—Todd P. Moran has been named Vice President of Risk Management by M. Davis & Sons, Inc., a woman-owned, fifth generation industrial construction company based in Wilmington, Delaware.

Todd Moran, who has been the Safety Director at M. Davis since 2000, has more than 20 years of experience in the contracting and construction industry. As Vice President of Risk Management, he will have oversight of safety, human resources, employee benefits and employee training. Scott N. Cudmore has re-joined M. Davis & Sons as the Safety Director to replace Mr. Moran.

“Todd has proven over the years that he is the trusted point person to drive safety for our organization as well as steer the human resources department,” said John C. Gooden, President of M. Davis & Sons, Inc.  “Todd is one of the driving forces behind the training of our crews and the development of the M. Davis Wellness program. We’re excited to have his experience and dedication in his new role as Vice President of Risk Management.”

Moran earned his bachelor’s degree in Occupational Safety and Hygiene Management from Millersville University.  Additionally he earned his Certified Safety Professional (CSP) designation, is an authorized OSHA outreach instructor (10 and 30 hour course), and completed the Worker’s Compensation Certification Program through Michigan State University.  He is a member of the National Safety Council and the American Society of Safety Engineers.

About M. Davis & Sons, Inc.

Davis & Sons, Inc. is a fifth generation woman-owned merit shop mechanical/electrical contractor and fabricator located in Delaware, serving customers in the Oil & Gas, Chemical, Pharmaceutical, Food, Beverage and Industrial markets. For more information, visit

145 Years After Its Founding, Industrial Construction Company Is Going Strong Into the Future

Forbes Magazine Article

Five generations of family leadership at M. Davis & Sons is something CEO Peggy Davis Del Fabbro, the great-great granddaughter of founder Edward R. Davis, is very proud of. She is quick to credit the company’s overall success to the strength and talent of her employees, however. She says they are the true source of M. Davis’ innovation and growth. “We expect a lot of our employees, but we also let them know how much we care,” says Del Fabbro. “We invest in their training and safety, and as a result they care about their work in the field, and they care about each other. That shows in the quality of work we are known for.”

Founded in 1870 as a tinsmith shop, M. Davis today is a full-service industrial construction company, providing design and build, fabrication, engineering and maintenance for national and international clients in industries that include oil and gas, chemical, food and beverage, and pharmaceutical. Last year, the company earned $53 million in revenue, and Del Fabbro received the Women’s Business Enterprise Star Award, honoring exemplary women business leaders, from the WBE National Council.

Innovating for Modern Manufacturing Needs
During Del Fabbro’s six-year tenure as CEO, the company has added numerous technological advances including orbital welding, plasma cutting and computerized pipe cutting. She has grown the company to more than 300 employees who are skilled in pipefitting, millwrighting, rigging, electrical, welding, and instrumentation and controls. “Throughout our long history, we have earned an excellent reputation for quality and integrity,” she says. “In the 21st century we have the capability to handle all the demands of modern manufacturing.”

The company has a fulltime, in-house safety department that performs job-site audits and continually keeps employees up-to-date in the latest safety initiatives. M. Davis has received two prestigious safety honors for the past three years: the DuPont Contractor Safety Excellence Award and the Associated Builders and Contractors, Inc. STEP (Safety Training and Evaluation Process) Platinum level safety award.

Although her company has grown to become an industry leader and international success, Del Fabbro says she never forgets her roots. She stays true to the “family company” values she learned growing up in the business. “We don’t forget where we came from,” Del Fabbro says. “I like to keep that family-business atmosphere where I know everyone by name. That’s what makes us nimble enough to handle a $1,000 job and big enough to handle a $17 million job.”

“It’s rare to have a company survive five generations. I don’t take our success for granted.”

M. Davis & Sons, Inc. Celebrates 145 Years in Business


Wilmington, DE, April 28, 2015 – M. Davis, the fifth generation woman-owned Industrial Contractor and Fabricator headquartered in Wilmington, DE celebrates 145 years in business. The anniversary marks a high point in the rich family history at M. Davis which has served as an employer to many Delaware residents as well as the neighboring states of Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Maryland. With $53 million in sales in 2014, and the addition of a new modular skid fabrication shop in Newark, DE, M. Davis is positioning itself to not only sustain employees in the Delaware area but also grow its book of business. “More than ever, M. Davis is readying itself to contribute to the Delaware economy by the acquisition of the new modular skid fabrication facility in Newark,” says M. Davis CEO Peggy Del Fabbro. She is the daughter of Charles Davis who is the former president and still active Chairman of M. Davis. Peggy became an owner in 1998 and in 2009 made the decision to get M. Davis & Sons, Inc. certified as a Woman Owned Business by the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC) in order to help set her company apart from other contractors by making diversity contracts available for award. Charles Davis recently stated “I’m proud of how Peggy has taken charge of the business and continues the family tradition.” What sets M. Davis apart from the competition is its people. M. Davis has a complex mix of talent in the trades ranging from welders to electricians to boiler technicians. To add to the complexity of the company is the markets it serves from pharmaceutical to oil and gas, from food and beverage plants to energy sites. Many in-house systems are in place to keep the well-oiled machine of M. Davis running smoothly. Training and mentoring is made readily available to less experienced crews. Welding classes held weekly in their shop help bolster certification in this trade. Additionally M. Davis helps employees to earn credentials through classes with National Center for Construction Education and Research (NCCER) which is the construction industry’s standard for training and credentialing in craft areas. M. Davis also helps employees complete apprenticeship programs by sponsoring the costs during their employment. This is the culture that attracts and retains talented people and is an important reason for the strong financial performance, despite the tough economy. From its beginnings as a tinsmith shop in the 1800’s located in the Forty Acres neighborhood of Wilmington to its current status as one of the larger local businesses still located in Wilmington, M. Davis is readying itself to be here for another 145 years.

About M. Davis & Sons, Inc.

M. Davis & Sons, Inc. is a merit shop mechanical and electrical contractor and fabricator located in Delaware serving customers in the Oil & Gas, Chemical, Pharmaceutical, Food, Beverage and Industrial markets.

M. Davis Doubles Fabrication Capacity with Purchase of New Facility

Tyler Way Shop

Wilmington, DE, Nov 18, 2014 – M. Davis, the fifth generation woman-owned Industrial Contractor and Fabricator headquartered in Wilmington, DE announces the purchase of a new fabrication facility located on Tyler Way in Newark, DE.  The new shop more than doubles M. Davis’ current capacity and will help make the manufacturing process of skids, tanks and structural steel more efficient and cost effective.  John Bonk, President of M. Davis stated that the new shop “will allow us to produce larger products in a shorter amount of time better servicing our customers as we continue to ship our products globally”.

Last year, M. Davis completed the purchase of a non-ferrous metal fabrication shop where cleaner processes were needed for the pharmaceutical, food and beverage industry. Peggy Del Fabbro, CEO of M. Davis recently stated that “shortly after opening the non-ferrous shop we realized we were going to need even more fabrication space“.  The new facility comes with higher ceilings, three (3) twenty ton overhead cranes with 24 feet under the hook height and wider doors allowing for easier material handling during the fabrication process.

M. Davis & Sons, Inc. is a merit shop contractor and fabricator located in Delaware serving customers in the Oil & Gas, Chemical, Pharmaceutical, Food, Beverage and Industrial industries.

Margaret (Peggy) del Fabbro is Named a “2014 Women’s Business Enterprise Star” by Women’s Business Enterprise National Council

PDF Star Award

To be honored before 1,500 at “Salute to Women’s Business Enterprises”

Washington, DC, January 15, 2014 – Peggy Del Fabbro, CEO of M. Davis & Sons, Inc. will receive the nation’s premier award for excellence among women’s business enterprises (WBEs) bestowed by the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC) at its Salute to Women’s Business Enterprises. The gala will take place March 20, 2014 as the concluding event to WBENC’s annual Summit & Salute convening some 1,500 corporate and government executives, WBEs and members of WBENC’s Regional Partner Organizations (RPOs) at the New Orleans Marriott, New Orleans, LA.

Davis & Sons, Inc. is a 5th generation industrial construction company headquartered in Wilmington, Delaware that builds, installs and maintains corporate plants and facilities for national and international companies.

“Peggy Del Fabbro is an outstanding leader who has been instrumental in driving innovation and sustainable economic growth,” said Pamela Prince-Eason, President and CEO of WBENC, the nation’s leader in women’s business development.

“I am proud to receive this recognition by WBENC and look forward to serving as advocate to other women in business,” said Peggy Del Fabbro.

Peggy will be recognized for her business acumen, her inspiration to other women, and her active role at the helm of M. Davis & Sons, Inc.   She was selected for this national honor by (Women’s Business Enterprise Council PA-DE-sNJ, one of WBENC’s 14 RPOs that process WBENC’s world-class certification of WBEs, in addition to providing skills-building educational programs and business development opportunities in their regions.

“We are honoring Peggy for her business acumen, community service, exemplary leadership and commitment to the growth and success of women business enterprises and our Council.” said Geri Swift, President, WBEC PA-DE-sNJ.

Under the banner of the organization’s theme “Join Forces. Succeed Together.”, WBENC’s Summit & Salute is designed to drive business development and collaborative success among WBENC’s Corporate and Government Members and WBEs. Sponsored by Accenture and Ernst & Young, the three-day event provides vital access to the thought leaders, business intelligence and senior-level networking opportunities creating the foundation for sustainable growth.

About WBENC: Founded in 1997, WBENC is the leading third-party certifier of businesses owned and operated by women, with more than 12,000 WBENC-Certified WBEs.  WBENC certification is accepted by more than 1,000 corporations representing America’s most prestigious brands, in addition to many states, cities and other entities. Throughout the year, WBENC and its 14 Regional Partner Organizations provide opportunities for interactions between more than 650 member corporations, government agencies and thousands of certified WBEs at business building events and other forums.  WBENC is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that seeks and accepts donations from corporations, foundations and individuals that support its mission and programs.  For more information, please go to

About M. Davis & Sons, Inc.: Founded in 1870 MDavis’ expertise in mechanical, electrical, fabrication and instrumentation is honed with engineering know how to create a seamless, more efficient process for our customers. Working across industries our staff is credentialed and accustomed to upholding the safety and construction standards from the dirtiest water treatment plants to the most pristine pharmaceutical labs. Drawing upon a highly certified team of specialists, and in accordance with our history of integrity, MDavis is known for assessing and conducting a project in the time and cost is requires and to the quality we expect.   MDavis brings together the best of both worlds. A long standing reputable and collaborative approach and 21rst century, state of the art capabilities.   Our vision is to sustain this value to our customers through the next evolutions of their industries and in meeting whatever challenges they face. For more information please go to