James CRAFT & Son Inc Leaves Lasting Impression During First 50 Years of Membership in ABC Keystone

YORK HAVEN, Pennsylvania – James CRAFT & Son, a family-owned and operated mechanical contracting company, has a 111-year history of strong commitments: a commitment to quality, a commitment to excellent service, a commitment to maintaining its scrupulous standards, a commitment to growth, even in the toughest of economies.

This month, James CRAFT & Son, Inc. was recognized by the Associated Builders and Contractors’ (ABC) Keystone Chapter for its long-term commitment as the company celebrates its fiftieth membership anniversary with ABC Keystone. This milestone marks not only a commitment to the construction industry, but also many contributions that have helped to advance the industry during the past 50 years.

Cindy Field, vice president of ABC Keystone, commented, “The Crafts certainly continue to live by the Teddy Roosevelt quote, ‘Every man owes part of his time and money to the business or industry in which he is engaged. No man has a moral right to withhold his support from an organization that is striving to improve conditions within his sphere.'”

“The Roosevelt quote,” Field continued, “is key to what sets [James CRAFT & Son, Inc.] apart from some others. James E. Craft nurtured within his employees and other members of his family the desire and willingness to serve ABC at so many levels – a contribution that will live on for many years to come and help us to achieve new heights of success in the future.”

James E. Craft, whose achievements and services covered a broad range of activities at ABC Keystone, as well as ABC PA (the state organization, now defunct), and National ABC, was quite influential in helping ABC Keystone become the first ABC Chapter in the nation to have its own member designed, financed, and constructed building. He served on the board of directors for 15 years, serving as president (the term has since been changed to chairman) during 1978. He was bestowed every honor for service that ABC provides, including Distinguished Service Award, President’s Award, and Life Membership.

James L. Craft has also served ABC Keystone at many levels, including as president. Vicki Craft Kearns is the current chairwoman of the board, and has served the chapter in the legislative and financial arenas. Fred Craft, Tom Craft, and Bill Craft have all contributed their time and talents to ABC Keystone by serving on various committees through the years.

The fifth generation of the Craft family continues the tradition as Jessica Craft Schlosberg has recently been serving on ABC Keystone’s scholarship subcommittee, public relations committee, and the young leaders task force, and Steven Kearns is serving the chapter through its excellence in construction awards program.

ABC has had numerous committee chairs and committee volunteers from the Craft organization, including some instructors for its management education and apprenticeship programs.

“The Crafts are a gracious, hard-working family,” Field commented. “ABC Keystone has been very blessed by James CRAFT & Son’s membership.”

Family-owned and operated for more than 100 years, James CRAFT & Son services businesses in Pennsylvania, Maryland, and West Virginia in the areas of HVAC, plumbing, electric, sheet metal fabrication, service, design/build, and custom fabrication. James CRAFT & Son, Inc. has locations in York Haven and Chambersburg, Pennsylvania. For more information, please visit www.jamesCRAFTson.com.