We Design / We Build
Founded in 1962 by Bob Janotta and Jim Herner, Janotta & Herner is the premier Design/Build General Contractor in Northern Ohio. Our Corporate Team of Registered Engineering and Architectural Design Professionals work seamlessly with our Project Managers and Skilled Tradesmen to provide our Clients with the highest quality of construction service possible. This single-source approach to construction provides our Clients with a building experience that is unparalleled by any other.
When you choose to build with Janotta & Herner, you choose to work with the building team that is going to have your best interest in mind. From concept to completion, we are with you for every step of your construction journey. As an Employee Owned Company, our employees have a vested interest in the success of your project. This ensures that your project is met with the maximum degree of care and professionalism. Our extensive building knowledge and unique approach to construction allows our Clients to rest easy, knowing that their project is in good hands.
Why Janotta & Herner?
Our mission is simply to be the BEST Design/Build Construction Company. We are driven in this pursuit to continuously improve and expand our services to enhance our Client’s construction experience, improve the quality of our trade crafts, increase the durability of and lower the lifecycle cost of facilities to save our Clients time and money.
Our Core Values
Our Core Values provide the foundation for construction excellence.
- Total Customer Satisfaction
- Employee Development
- Employment Opportunities
- Community Service
- On-Time Delivery
Janotta & Herner is a Merit Shop contractor, belonging to the Associated Builders and Contractors Inc. We are also an accredited Business with the Better Business Bureau and proud to be a member of our local Chambers of Commerce.
- Northern Ohio ABC
- Better Business Bureau
- National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB)
- American Institute of Architects (AIA)
- American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE)
- American Institute of Steel Construction (AISC)
- Huron County, Ohio Chamber
- Erie County, Ohio Chamber
- Sandusky County, Ohio Chamber
- Bellevue, Ohio Area Chamber
Our Executive Leadership paired with our exceptional Project Managers strive to move our organization forward by supporting our hardworking employees and allocating our resources to where they are needed to ensure our overall success.
With 42 years of Project Management experience, it’s safe to say that Jim Shelley knows his way around a job site. A graduate of Bowling Green State University, Jim has found himself in the role of Project Manager for almost his entire construction career. His favorite aspect of project management is the ability to connect with clients, taking their idea and turning it into a finished project. Jim started with Janotta & Herner when it was a much smaller outfit and has seen it grow into the company that it is today. When asked what has contributed to this success his answer is simple, “it’s our people.”
Vice President - Treasurer
Patti Anderson is the Corporate Treasurer of the JHI Group of Companies, and is also the Office Manager at Janotta & Herner. She has been part of the Janotta & Herner Team for over 28 years and has worked in almost every aspect of accounting during her career. When asked what she enjoys most about working with the JHI Group, she will tell you that the people and work atmosphere is what truly sets the company apart. In her free time, Patti enjoys spending time with her family and enjoys being outside.
Vice President of Construction Operations
Jason Ott is our Vice President of Construction Operations and is a vital part of our building process. With countless industrial certifications and a construction knowledge spanning over 30 years, he is Janotta & Herner’s go-to problem solver. If a project presents a tricky situation, Jason is the one who comes up with a solution. Some of his favorite projects at Janotta & Herner are some of our most unique, such as lifting a car to the top floor of Firelands Regional Medical Center in Sandusky or replacing a 120-year- old Church steeple in Norwalk. Jason believes that our ability to complete a wide variety of projects, both big and small, is unique and is what makes Janotta & Herner such a great company to work for.
Seth Herrnstein is a Vice President at Janotta & Herner and is also one of our seasoned Project Managers. Seth started his construction career in education, serving as a Construction Trades and Design Instructor for over 17 years before coming to Janotta & Herner. While with the company, he has served in many positions including Foreman, Project Manager, Executive Director and now Vice President. In his current role with Janotta & Herner, he enjoys working with our outstanding field crews and the opportunity to work with clients to develop the best long-term solution for their unique need. Seth truly believes that the success of our company centers on our people and their ability to solve any problem that a client may have.
Coming to Janotta & Herner all the way from Colorado, Brandon Avis has been with our company for nearly four years. In his 22 years of construction experience, Brandon has worked in a multitude of positions; from a Residential Superintendent, to Land Developer, Estimator and ultimately a Project Manager. His favorite part about working in the construction industry is being able to take a client’s vision and turn it into the building of their dreams. As a true Coloradan, Brandon is an avid skier and outdoorsman.
Ryan Bickley has been part of the Janotta & Herner Team since 2011. A graduate of Bowling Green State University, he has served as both a Project Manager and an Estimator while with the company. Ryan has been the Project Manager on some major projects while with the company, including the Fisher-Titus Medical Offices in Norwalk, Ohio, which he considers one of his favorites. Whenever his schedule allows, Ryan enjoys taking the family camping on the weekends during the summer months.
Brad Clark has been with Janotta & Herner for over 15 years. Starting in the field as a Foreman, he worked on some of our largest and most complex projects, including the Pepperidge Farm Plant Expansion. Looking to further his construction career Brad moved from the field into the office, into the role of an Estimator/Project Manager. His years of construction experience and knowledge provide the Janotta & Herner Team with another valuable asset in this department.
Mike Garvin has been working in the construction industry for over 27 years and has been a Project Manager for Janotta & Herner for 15 years. He has an extensive background in the production and erection of Pre-Engineered Metal Buildings, which has proved to be a major asset for the Janotta & Herner Team. As a Project Manager, Mike enjoys orchestrating all of the moving parts that make a construction project possible. When he isn’t running jobs, Mike likes to spend his weekends with his kids, traveling to his daughter’s Quarter Horse shows.
Derek Guerra has been with Janotta & Herner for just over 20 years. Starting as a Tradesman in the field, Derek continued his education at the University of Toledo and worked up the ranks of the company. He transitioned to a Foreman, then to an Estimator and finally to a Project Manager, which is the role he has held for the past 10 years. Derek has managed projects in a multitude of different industries but says his favorite project that he managed was the VacationLand Federal Credit Union in Sandusky, Ohio. When asked about what is his favorite part about working at Janotta & Herner, his answer is simply, “the people.”
They often say, “If you do what you love you never work a day in your life.” This could not be more true than for Project Manager Zach Jones. After graduating from The Ohio State University, Zach came to Janotta & Herner and started his career in construction, where he has been for over 20 years. His extensive experience and passion for building served him well as the Project Manager on the Pepperidge Farm Plant Expansion Project, one of Janotta & Herner’s largest projects to date. Zach believes that the only thing more exciting than watching someone’s idea go from a rough sketch to completed project, is being the person responsible for making it happen.
Director of Business Development
Ted Kastor is our Director of Business Development and has been a pivotal member of the Janotta & Herner Team for over 22 years. He has served as a Draftsman, Estimator and Project Manager, before coming into his current role. Always on the go, Ted belongs to a plethora of business groups in North Central Ohio and serves on a multitude of Boards in his community. A die-hard Ohio State fan, he loves to talk Buckeye Football and will not hesitate to show you all of his memorabilia in his office. With over 35 combined years of construction experience and a passion for people, Ted is who you want to talk to first when considering your construction project.
Randy Schafer has been a valuable member of the Janotta & Herner Team for a little over 20 years. Although he has spent almost his entire construction career here in Monroeville, Randy has perhaps one of the most diverse construction backgrounds of any of our Project Managers. Starting his Janotta & Herner career in the field, Randy later moved into the role of Designer, followed by Estimator and now Project Manager. Having the ability to look at a project from so many different angles has proven to be very valuable in his current position. A Monroeville native, Randy spends his free time in the local community supporting his kids in all of their activities.
John Penza, P.E.
Design Department Manager
John Penza is the Design Department Manager at Janotta & Herner and has been with the company for nearly 20 years. He is a registered Professional Engineer in three states and has over 40 years of engineering experience. John belongs to a number of professional affiliations, including The American Institute of Steel Construction and The American Society of Civil Engineers.
Brian Stanley, AIA, NCARB
Brian Stanley is a registered Architect and a key component of our team. He has spent his career in various design roles, specializing in the Design/Build delivery model. He is an active member of the American Institute of Architects and holds multiple degrees in Architecture. He earned his professional Master of Architecture degree from Boston Architectural College and he also holds an NCARB Certificate. Brian has served as the Architect on a plethora of Janotta & Herner projects and employs a unique, creative design response to meet the client’s needs. A true enthusiast of the profession, he loves the challenge and opportunity brought about by every new project. When Brian isn’t working, he enjoys spending time with his family and attempting new home improvement projects.
After serving as a Project Manager for a National Healthcare Contractor for over 7 years, Curt Thompson joined the Janotta & Herner Team in 2016. He brings a combined total of 16 years construction experience into his current role as a Project Manager and Estimator. As someone who enjoys all things outside, Curt first found his passion for building by working with his hands on the job site. After completing a Bachelor’s at Bowling Green State University in Construction Management, he started his career in Project Management. Curt’s favorite part about working at Janotta & Herner is his ability to work side by side with our in- house design department to build top quality projects.
ESOP – Employee Stock Ownership Plan
In 2000, Janotta & Herner became an ESOP when the former owners sold the company to the employees. Consequently, our employees are laser focused on making certain each Client is satisfied and each project is successful because our Client’s success is directly proportional to our success.
Employee-Owners realize the benefits of their ESOP account upon retirement and recognize that success is measured long-term. We will not sacrifice long-term quality for short-term gains. This philosophy guides our business, Client relationships and design recommendations.
Janotta & Herner is proud to be a member of the JHI Group of companies. Organized in 2016, the JHI Group is a construction-focused organization that consists of three different business divisions: Janotta & Herner, a Design/Build Construction Company located in Monroeville, Ohio; 620 Construction, a Design/Build General Contractor located in Medina, Ohio; and Firelands Fabrication, a Steel Fabricating Company located in New London, Ohio. Although all three of these companies are independent, they are able to share resources such as labor, equipment and design capabilities, which allows each company to provide an even greater value to its Clients.
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