Organization Profile

Central Maintenance and Welding, Inc. was founded in 1966 by Hank Varnum and two other partners. Since that time, the Varnum family has owned the company and remained heavily involved in the day-to-day operations. Originally founded to serve Florida’s burgeoning phosphate industry, CMW has grown to also provide its specialized services to Florida’s power generation and other industries as well.

Conrad Varnum


CMW’s president is Conrad Varnum, the son of CMW’s founder, Hank Varnum. Conrad has worked at CMW for more than twenty-five years, and has hands-on experience with every aspect of the company. Conrad is deeply involved with each and every one of our clients and their projects and has personally overseen many of the projects that we have undertaken during his time here. Conrad received his B.S. in Building Construction from the University of Florida. Conrad is an Owner of CMW

Shawn MacConnell

Safety Director

A dedicated and passionate EHS Professional with a Bachelor of Science degree in Occupational Safety and Health from Columbia Southern University along with 15 years combined experience in chemical processing, mining, and power generation industries, Shawn emphasizes team attitudes to promote a continuous growth in CMW’s safety culture.  Shawn operates at an energetic pace, and his approachable leadership style has created a unified workforce where everyone is empowered and encouraged to elevate safety outcomes.  Employing cutting-edge technology, he guides our team with real-time information from field and shop auditors producing effective coaching opportunities at all levels, affecting daily change.  Shawn is never satisfied.  He is committed to achieving a safe and productive injury-free work environment.

Daryl Peterson

Quality Manager

Daryl started his career performing Non-Destructive Inspection in the United States Air Force. From there, Daryl was a lead technician for Industrial NDT Company where he inspected boilers, pressure vessels, tanks and structures in the Power, Pulp & Paper, Petro/Chemical and Aerospace industries. Daryl served as the Welding Engineer for Oshkosh Truck in Bradenton Florida and Morton Metalcraft in Morton Illinois. Daryl became an Advanced Product Quality Planning (APQP) Engineer, Lead ISO Auditor, and Six Sigma Black Belt in the Automotive industry while working on various sensors and airbag inflation systems. Daryl has served as the Quality Manager in 3 ASME code shops to date, and his most recent assignment was managing the QC and QA activities on the $6.5 Billion New Bay Bridge, Eastern span for American Bridge Company while working for KTA Tator. Daryl has extensive experience with Quality Systems ranging from ASME to ISO, AISC, and AS 9100. Daryl was first certified as a Welding Inspector in 1996.