Meet Our Staff

John Burlen

Founder, owner and operator of Erie Welding & Mechanical Contractors, Inc., John’s beginnings started as a Local 50 apprentice. After completing the 5 year apprentice program, he continued as a welder and pipe-fitter working for various local mechanical contractors.

Wanting to continue serving Monroe County and beyond, John began Erie Welding as a training school in 1983. In 1987 the company evolved into a full service mechanical contracting company where John performed field work on a daily basis while overseeing day to day operations. His work ethic and nearly half a century of hands-on experience has brought Erie Welding & Mechanical Contractors, Inc., to where it is today. He uses this wisdom to guide the company and his customers know he will work tirelessly to meet their needs.

Mike Binder

Mike Binder currently serves as the Estimator and Project Manager for Erie Welding & Mechanical Contractors, Inc. He first joined the company in 1989, where he worked as a welder and plumber while attending the 5-year apprenticeship program. Mike has remained here at Erie Welding ever since, holding various positions and performing nearly every job around. Backed by nearly 30 years of experience in the industry, Mike works to ensure that every client receives high-quality work at a fair price every time, that projects stay on schedule, and that our teams get the job done right the first time. 

Randy Burlen

Son of Owner and Operator John Burlen, Randy has worked with Erie Welding and Mechanical Contractors since 1985, when he began working as a welder and pipefitter. After studying Business Administration and Marketing Management at The University of Toledo, and then completing the 5-year apprenticeship training program, Randy chose to remain at Erie Welding. Presently, he works as a foreman, welder and pipefitter for the company.