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Developing and producing state-of-the-art solutions to technical design challenges in the bridge, highway and structural engineering industries

Making Bridges Better

Get to Know RJ Watson

Our vision is for the infrastructure industry to recognize RJ Watson as the prestigious leader in engineered structural systems, revered for our ability to find solutions to complex design challenges in a price-competitive environment.

We are a firm of engineers and specialists committed to developing innovative, customized structural engineering solutions for the heavy construction industry throughout the world. We aim to combine state-of-the-art technology with personnel who are renowned for their expertise in this field, specializing in both seismic and non-seismic applications.

RJ Watson
RJ Watson

Located outside of Buffalo, NY, we support clients from our cutting-edge 70,000 square foot facility designed for the engineering, fabrication and manufacturing of bearings, joints and other structural devices.

The RJ Watson in-house operations include a fabrication shop with overhead cranes, heavy lifting capacities, certified welders, weld positioners, media blasting and machine shop. We also offer low rates for raw materials in our manufactured products. These advantages allow for excellent pricing on fixturing, commonly the highest cost of customized structural or mechanical load testing.

Executive Team

Ronald J. Watson

President & CEO

Ron is the founder and president of RJ Watson. He has a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil/Structural Engineering from The State University of New York at Buffalo. He has over 40 years of experience in the design, manufacturing and testing of high load multi-rotational bearings, seismic isolation devices and bridge deck joint sealing systems. He serves as Chairman of the International Joints and Bearings Research Council and also chairs ASTM Subcommittee D04.32 on Bridges and Structures. He is the Vice Chairman of NSBA Task Group 9 on Bearings.

Eric S. Watson

Executive Vice President

Eric works to continuously improve our products while reducing costs and lead times for our clients by implementing new processes, software and technologies. He has 14 years of experience in the bridge bearing and expansion joint industry and is a licensed Professional Engineer in several states. Eric is active in our region’s manufacturing and entrepreneurial communities as a Buffalo Niagara Manufacturing Alliance board member and a graduate of the University at Buffalo Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership (CEL) Core Program. 

Office: (716) 901-7020 x22

Jay Conklin

Vice President of Project & Business Development

Jay has been with RJ Watson for over 24 years and has extensive experience in the design, fabrication and testing of bridge bearings and other products for the heavy construction industry. He regularly works with customers and bridge design engineers to provide guidance on bridge bearings and joints as he has in-depth knowledge of local, national and international structural design and testing standards. Jay is a graduate of Clarkson University with a Bachelor of Science degree with distinction in Civil Engineering. He is currently a licensed Professional Engineer in New York and Ohio, as well as a member of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) and the Association for Bridge Construction and Design (ABCD).

Seth Joseph

Vice President of Operations

Seth oversees manufacturing, project management and engineering at RJ Watson. He is a certified Lean Professional with over 10 years of work experience in the heavy and civil engineering industry.

Office: (716) 901-7020 x25


Zack Searer

Director of Sales & Marketing

Zack is directly involved in the marketing and sales of the RJ Watson Disktron Bearing product line. His diverse professional background allows him to assist bridge owners with product approvals, engineers with bearing design, and contractors with pricing and lead times. Zach has a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering and is an AREMA Associate Member.

Phone: (716) 548-6206

Marc Stafford

Senior Sales and Marketing Coordinator

Marc supports the sales team by looking for opportunities for RJ Watson products and providing customer support. He has been with RJ Watson for almost three decades in a variety of sales, estimating and project management roles.

Office: (716) 901-7020 x15

Tammy Gilbert

Sales Manager

Tammy provides customer support, referrals and supports the sales team in her role as sales manager. She focuses on small movement expansion joints for both bridge maintenance and new construction. Tammy has 20 years of sales experience, previously at a steel service center.

Office: (716) 901-7020 x49


Jeffrey Verrall

Engineering Manager

Jeffrey handles the final design of our products to be certain that the engineered products will function as intended when they are in service out in the field. He uses project information to create an engineered bearing to function as intended by the EOR (Engineer of Record) for the project before working with our engineering and drafting team to capture the design properly. Jeffrey has eight years of engineering experience, as well as a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from the University at Buffalo.

Office: (716) 901-7020 x43


Ted Kulikowski

Purchasing / Project Manager

Ted is responsible for all project procurement and subcontracting, ensuring our clients’ schedules and budgets are met or improved. He has 30 years of experience in manufacturing, industrial, and construction management.

Office: (716) 901-7020 x34

Bridge bearings and expansion joints for your structural needs

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RJ Watson works with engineers, contractors and owners to create bridges and highways that reliably serve their communities while simultaneously solving engineering challenges. RJ Watson is available to work with you to create a cost effective solution for your specific project.