Safety is paramount. We believe that safety cannot be sacrificed in the pursuit of production or in the promise of quality, but that it is our responsibility to deliver on all three. We believe that all accidents are preventable.
Studies show that employee engagement is the BIGGEST determining factor when it comes to the safety of the employee and, therefore, the company’s safety effectiveness. We believe in traditional safety methods and processes. We believe in safety training and education. However, we also believe in meeting the employees where they are, on their terms, in a way that connects with them on a personal level, and in a way that aligns their safety values with those of the company. For this we developed the Ferry Electric Company Mobile App.
Consistent with our dedication to safety Ferry Electric Company currently has nearly 100 percent of its Foreman and Journeyman electricians and all of its Apprentices certified OSHA 30 compliant and with NFPA 70E training. This is a level of safety training that is on par with highest industry ideals. Our continuing education classes have included: Asbestos Awareness, Aerial Lift Training, Confined Space Training, First Aid & CPR Classes, Hazard Communications, and several OSHA Courses on Construction Standards and Competent Person Training, to name just a few
For the benefit of our customers, our individual workers, the rest of our workforce, and the workforce of others on the job; Ferry Electric Company is a 100% Drug Free workplace.
Our employees are continuously trained to anticipate, recognize, evaluate and control job site safety risks and health hazards. Every employee has access to our complete safety manual, MSDS sheets through our mobile app. Every employee has the power to stop work if conditions are unsafe.
Born on the South Side in 1905, James J. Ferry was the only child of Margaret Lavelle Ferry and James H. Ferry, both Irish immigrants. Jim left Duquesne Prep School at the age of 17, when his father died suddenly. He went to work in the J&L mill to support his mother and two other children his parents were raising. There he learned to be an electrician. In 1926, at the age of 21, he started his own electrical contracting firm, Ferry Electric Company.
With his wife Edna Reiber Ferry, Jim raised a family including James R, Jean (Comber) and Janet (Thomas Palumbo). Each of whom went on to raise families of their own.
Jim Ferry spent his entire professional life committed to the electrical contracting industry. His peers and union leaders, with whom he worked, elected him for many decades as a Trustee of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local #5 Pension and Health Insurance Plans and as a member of the Labor Negotiating Committee for all union electrical contractors in Western Pennsylvania. He was past President of the Electric League of Western Pennsylvania and was selected as its first Man Of The Year in 1978. He was also a past member of the board of directors of the National Electrical Contractors Association and the Pittsburgh Builders Exchange, and was an early member of the Home Builders Association. In 1969 he was elected to the Academy of Electrical Contracting, honoring the nation's foremost electrical contractors.
Jim served his community as a director on many boards. These included Elizabeth Seton High School, Lyman Savings & Loan Association, Three Rivers Bank and Trust Company, Rosalia Maternity Hospital, St. Joseph's Hospital, Jefferson Health Systems and Robert Morris College. In 1994 he received an Honorary Doctorate Degree from Robert Morris College for his history as the longest serving Trustee, of known record, for any Institute of higher learning in the country. He also received the Duquesne University McAnulty Service Award, and the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, Joan B. Rodman M.D. Memorial Award for outstanding overall dedication in the fight against Cystic Fibrosis. He was a member of the Duquesne Society of Duquesne University and the Century Club of Distinguished Duquesne Alumni, South Hills Country Club, Seven Springs Club, the Press Club of Pittsburgh and the Allegheny Club.
An avid football fan, he was the longest continuous season ticket holder of record for the Pittsburgh Steelers football club. His support dated back prior to 1933 when the football club was first formed as the Pittsburgh Pirates.
Active in the Pittsburgh Diocese of the Roman Catholic Church, he served for many years on the Bishop's Advisory Council, the Catholic Institute of Pittsburgh, the boards of the Catholic Youth Association and Catholic Social Services. Jim was actively involved with the former Toner Institute For Boys and the DePaul Institute for the Sensory Handicapped. He was past President of the Pittsburgh Serra Club and was founder of the Mission Dinner to support the Pittsburgh Catholic Missionaries working in Peru. His greatest honor came in 1968 when Pope Paul VI named him a Knight of St. Gregory, the highest honor bestowed on a layman in the Catholic Church. He was an active member of St. Germaine Parish in Bethel Park since its founding and in the forming of St. Germaine Harbor housing for the elderly.
James R. Ferry was the President of Ferry Electric Company from the ~1970-2000. During this time he solidified the company's reputation among the local contracting industry. He made Ferry Electric Company the viable and reliable multigenerational firm that it is today.
Jim graduated with a B.S. in Industrial Management from St. Vincent College in Latrobe, PA. He also held an Electrical Engineering Certificate from Pennsylvania State University. He was a member of IBEW Local 5 and active in the electrical industry starting in 1956. He was an officer of Ferry Electric Company from 1961. Served on many industry associations and boards.
His Electrical Industry involvement included membership in the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, Board Member and past officer of the Western Pennsylvania Chapter of the National Electric Contractors Association, Trustee of the IBEW Local #5 Pension and Health Insurance Plans, and Board Member of the Pittsburgh Builders Exchange. He also was a member of the Electric League of Western Pennsylvania and like his father before him was named the Electric League’s Man of the Year.
His other civic involvements included membership in the Pittsburgh History and Landmarks Foundation, Board member of Pittsburgh Terminal Properties, and memberships over the years in South Hills Country Club and St. Clair Country Club.
He was a member of St. Thomas More Catholic Church in Bethel Park. He was active in starting St. Thomas More Manor and served on its Board. He also served on the boards of The Chimbote Foundation and the Serra Club of Pittsburgh.
Jim and his wife, Mary Carleen Ferry, lived in Marco Island, Florida, for 18 years after his career at Ferry Electric Company and before returning to Pittsburgh. While in Marco, they were members of San Marco Catholic Church. They also held memberships in the Marco Island Yacht Club and the Marco Island Power Squadron. Jim served both organizations in various capacities. Some of Jim’s greatest joys included spending time with his family, skiing with friends, and boating. Jim passed away in 2019.
Jim is the present Owner and President of Ferry Electric Company. He joined the family business in 1992, became an officer in 1996 and has overseen operations of the company through business development and active management since 1999. Jim became President in 2001 and is the sole owner of Ferry Electric Company.
Outside of the business, he believes in giving back to the industry that has blessed his family. In 2023 he was Inducted as a Fellow into the Academy of Electrical Contracting for "services to the electrical contracting industry so exceptional and outstanding as to be deserving of the highest honor and recognition". He serves as a Trustee on the Western Pennsylvania Electrical Employees Benefit Funds; President of the Board of Directors of the National Electrical Contractors Association of Western Pennsylvania; Past-President of the Pittsburgh Builders Exchange; and Board Member for The Chimbote Foundation, Inc. Jim was a member of Young Presidents Organization and is still active with his YPO Forum. He is a past Committee Member on the Management Development Committee for the National Association of NECA; past President of the Pittsburgh Builders Exchange; past President of the Board of Directors for the Electrical League of Western Pennsylvania; past President of the American Subcontractors Association of Western PA; past Board Member of Executive Committee of Western PA Chapter of International Association of Electrical Inspectors; past Trustee for Landmarks Development Corporation. Jim is a Member at St. Clair Country Club, serves on the Board of Directors at Pike Run Country Club, he's a Member at Beaver Creek Anglers, as well as a Member of St. Thomas More Parish in Bethel Park, PA where he has served on the Finance Committee and Parish Council.
Jim graduated from Purdue University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Building Construction & Contracting, he is also a graduate of The Next Leadership Academy. Jim leads Ferry Electric Company on strategic vision and organizational leadership. He is a Key Executive and Lead Project Manager on many projects.
Married to Michelle Domchek Ferry from Bethlehem Pa, Jim and Michelle reside in Upper St. Clair and have three adult children Julia, J.D., and Anne. Jim's interests include skiing, golfing, fly fishing, clay shooting, hiking, camping, travel, family time, food and wine.
Growing up in a family business Jim learned early on the importance of relationships. He said:
“Through my father and grandfather, I came to understand the values of treating and serving customers, employees, vendor partners, and friends well. Be there when they need us. Do what we said we would do. Add value to the relationship. Help others. Lead. Be kind. These are life’s lessons. I am blessed to have followed in the footsteps of my father and grandfather. I’m one of the lucky ones to have experienced working alongside prior family generations. Side by side with my father. Made even better by the early presence of my grandfather.”
Jim continues to serve the Ferry Electric Company relationships in the same way his father and grandfather did before him.