About National Equipment Co.
Established in 1945 by E. Don Swann, National Equipment Co. has grown from our founder’s garage in the Warwood neighborhood of Wheeling WV to our current location on the corner of 14th and Water Streets at Heritage Port in Downtown Wheeling.
Born in Macon Mississippi in 1903, Don moved to California and served as a Naval Engineer before taking a position with The National Cash Register Company in Dayton, OH. Don moved to Wheeling after training and was a Business Machine Mechanic, servicing cash registers, business and banking machines. He went out on his own and continued to service and sell business machines as well as slicing machines and commercial refrigeration equipment.
In the late 50’s and early 60’s he was joined in the business by his three sons. Bob, Jim and Bill then purchased the business and continued to expand into commercial kitchen equipment & refrigerating equipment sales and kitchen supplies.
We are looking forward to serving our fine customers for another 74 years; as proud as we are of our past, we are even more excited about the future. Take a minute and meet our team.
Meet the National Equipment Co. Team!
Jimmy Swann- President
Jimmy, our President is the grumpy old man who when he is not snow skiing sits in the back of the office. Active here since 1978, Jimmy has extensive experience in construction, foodservice equipment installation and repair and has designed a number of commercial kitchens. He served as General Manager and Treasurer until becoming our President in 2001.
Mike Swann – Vice President
Mike joined the National Equipment team officially in 1990 after growing up around the family business. Mike has many years of experience in project management, equipment sales and bid work. He has completed projects in schools, universities, healthcare, restaurants, hospitality and other commercial kitchen applications. Mike enjoys eating, Pittsburgh sports, making 30 year old movie references and spending time with his family.
Jade Waligura – Director of Sales and Marketing
Jade is a commercial banker gone rogue joining the business in 2018, with extensive knowledge in business and sales. He oversees our sales regions, online activities, and customer engagement. He believes in a responsive, casual sales atmosphere that puts the customer’s needs first. Personally, Jade enjoys traveling with his wife, Brandi, and anything related to golf.
Debbie Wood – General Manager
Debbie started in foodservice back in high school working in the grandstand concessions in Washington PA and then moved on to Pizza Outlet in Moundsville. She has been with National Equipment for 12 years and enjoys meeting new people and helping fulfill their kitchen needs. Debbie has a husband, David Wood, of 19 years and 2 children, Mechenzie and Zeke. She enjoys camping and finding new adventures on her motorcycle.
Dan is excited to bring 15+ years of professional experience and knowledge of the foodservice supply and equipment industry to National Equipment and their customer base. As a native Pittsburgher who grew up in the industry at his family’s company, Penn Fixture and Supply, his product knowledge is deep in the areas of equipment and furniture, smallwares, tabletop, and disposables. He has experience with new openings, equipment replacement, remodels, and commodity resupply. More than anything, Dan prides himself in the type of customer-centric service and the value of relationships, two core values of National Equipment, and looks forward to bringing their services to Southwestern Pennsylvania. When Dan is not in a kitchen consulting with a chef or talking with a manufacturer on the phone, he can be found with his wife and son running around to ice rinks for youth hockey, on a local mountain stream fly fishing for trout, or noodling around on a guitar.
Jill entered the restaurant business on a whim in 2009, only planning to spend three months at the restaurant where she served and bartended. Eleven years later, she decided she needed a change. Well, sort of. Jill joined our team in 2020, and she enjoys working in the business from a different perspective. She spends most of her free time chasing her little boy, and loves to go on little adventures with him and her husband.
Brent Bennett - Technician
Brent joined the National Equipment team in 2016. He has been a technician for 12 years and has his HVAC certification. Brent originally joined our team as a Warehouse Operator before working as a Technician in the field. He loves to meet new people and he loves to talk. He enjoys his downtime camping with family and is also a volunteer fire fighter.
As a husband and father of 3 better known as “Lew”, he’s the guy behind the scenes. Lew has been in charge of our warehouse department since 2018. He has 10 years of warehouse experience. Full of jokes and personality, he’s always there as a helping hand. He often gets grief for being a Cincinnati Bengals Fan, but other then that he is a pretty cool guy.
Russ Hadorn- Outside Sales Representative
Russ is a lifelong resident of the Ohio Valley, raised in Wheeling. He is a Wheeling Park and Wheeling Jesuit University Graduate, with a degree in business marketing and management. He has managed and sold in the equipment industry for the past two decades, here and in the Pittsburgh markets. Russ joins our team to expand our sales force focusing in our northern territory. He is a single father raising his 15-year-old daughter and enjoys visiting new wineries.
Joe Younkins – Outside Sales Representative
JoeDoughBoy joined the National Equipment team in 2018. He gets his nickname from being a bread man for 37+ years before finding his way to us. Joe is an outside sales representative and covers territories in PA, WV and Ohio. Personable and professional, he will make you feel at ease by placing orders for you and checking with your business to make sure all your restaurant supply needs are satisfied.
Mark Clegg - Technician
Mark joined the National Equipment team in 2018. He has 5 years of experience as a technician and is certified in EPA 608, 401A, Apprentice Electrical, and HVAC electrical. He enjoys spending time with his family, both personal and work.
Don Moore – Technician
Don joined National Equipment team in 1989. He has over 33 years of experience as a technician. Don enjoys the challenges our industry has to offer, but in his downtime, he enjoys fixing old clocks, fishing, throwing darts and hanging out with his family.
Shawn Smith - Technician
Shawn joined the National Equipment team in 2010. He has 9 years of experience as a technician. Shawn is certified in Industrial Maintenance, Appliance Repair, and HVAC. Shawn enjoys meeting new people on the job, as well as Beekeeping and Woodworking in his spare time.
Mike Strong – Technician
Mike joined the National Equipment team in 2017. He has 15 years of experience in the food service industry. Mike is certified in welding, CFC and HVAC. Mike’s favorite part of the job is arriving at a customer site, no matter whether a simple or complicated fix, and giving them a timely, professional and hard-working response to their issue. Personally, he enjoys being a kind, loving father to two astonishing kids.