Back in 1900, Faros Craft started a simple business as a blacksmith and table maker. As was the custom at the time, his son, James W. joined him in business. Time went on and another generation of the Craft family, James E. joined the business. Now, more than 119 years later, the great grandchildren of Faros Craft comprise the management team, and the 5th generation (Faros Craft’s great great grandchildren) are also involved in ownership.

James CRAFT & Son has changed over the last 100+ years, but is still owned and operated by members of the Craft family and dedi­cated to quality CRAFTsmanship and service. That dedication is reflect­ed in the employees, both past and present, who have been instru­mental in establishing James CRAFT & Son as one of the most reliable mechanical contractors in central Pennsylvania. We owe our longevity, our growth and our reputation to the hard work of our 150 employees, who exemplify the vision, mission & values that have enabled us to service customers with excellence for more than a century.

With its headquarters in a state-of-the-art, computerized and automated shop facility, the company continues to offer quality engineering, design and installation capabili­ties. It has expanded into new territories with a presence in Chambersburg, PA and northern Maryland and prides itself in operating as a merit shop.

James Craft & Son, Inc. is still family owned, and contin­ues to expand its capabilities to grow right along with the technological advancements that have enhanced the industry. By incorporating its progressive thinking with employee education and training , the company is able to offer consistent quality and increased value.

Faros Craft - Our Founder
James W. Craft, the second generation owner, stands by a CRAFT service truck.
James E. Craft, the third generation owner.

Historical Timeline

1900
Founded in 1900
Founded in 1900

Faros started in busi­ness as a black­smith and table maker. Business named Faros CRAFT.

1920
New Partnership
New Partnership

Faros and James W. formed partnership doing carpentry, tin­- smithing, roofing and painting. Plumbing and heating work was later added. Business renamed Faros CRAFT & Son.

1930
York Haven Building
York Haven Building

Designed and built York Haven State Bank Building. James E. born.

1940
Purchased Ford Truck
Purchased Ford Truck

Purchased first red Ford truck (1947); CRAFT trucks have been red Fords ever since. Faros died (1946). Business renamed James CRAFT.

1950
First Office
First Office

James W. and James E. formed a partnership doing gen­eral construc­tion, plumbing and heating work. The business was renamed James CRAFT & Son, and the company’s first office and warehouse facility was constructed at 127 South Front Street in York Haven, Pennsylvania.

1960
Sheet Metal Department
Sheet Metal Department

Purchased sheet metal equipment to do sheet metal work for contracts. Business was incorporated. Discontinued residential work. James W. died (1966).

1970
Sheet Metal Bldg, Service Dept, 4th Generation
Sheet Metal Bldg, Service Dept, 4th Generation

Built sheet metal and maintenance shop building at 127 Falls View Street in York Haven. Started service department. James L. (1976), Vicki (1977) and Fred (1979) joined the company…the 4th generation of CRAFTs.

1980
New Facility, Controls Department
New Facility, Controls Department

Fire destroyed the company’s warehouse and prefab shop at 60 N. Front Street, paving the way for the company’s brand new, modernized office & shop facility at 2780 York Haven Road. Controls Department formed (1984) and became an authorized dealer of Novar Controls. Thomas joined the company (1987).

1990
Major Achievement Awards
Major Achievement Awards

Received Project Excellence Awards (1990, 1995). First contractor of Keystone ABC to achieve Accredited Quality Contractor (AQC) status (1993/1994). Named Specialty Contractor of the Year (1995). Named Construction Company of the Year (1999) by Associated Builders & Contractors. William joined the company (1992).

2000
100th Anniversary, Growth, 5th Generation
100th Anniversary, Growth, 5th Generation

Company celebrates 100th anniversary. Substantial Service Department growth achieved. Company invests heavily in new BIM & CAD technology. The first members of the 5th Generation CRAFTs join the company…Jessica (2007), Steven (2008). James E. died (2008).

2010
Sales Rebound, Technology Investment
Sales Rebound,  Technology Investment

Record sales and profits achieved following devastating world economic decline. Significant investments made in modern office and mobile field technologies. Nicole & James P. (2012) join the company in the Accounting and Project Management departments respectively. Four members of the 5th Generation CRAFTs fully on-board L to R:  Steven, Nicole, Jessica & James.