We are proud to announce that Ferree’s Tools has a combined 339 years of experience! It is exciting to know that we have such dedicated employees whose hard work over the years has shaped Ferree’s Tools into the business we are today. First and foremost, Ferree's Tools has been around since 1946 and has provided many years of knowledge plus hard work to this great musical industry.
The guys and gals in the shop have 248 years combined in the manufacture of our quality tools. Among them, Curtis Ferree, President of the company has 29 years’ experience and Steve W., the shop foreman, with 38. There is also Roger with 30 years, Jill with 28 years, Keith with 27 years, Ryan T. with 24 years, Glen with 23 years, Ken with 14 years, Ryan Ferree with 6 years, Brian with 4 years, Tanner with 1 year and Braden our newest employee in the shop.
When you call Ferree’s or submit an order via email or fax, you will be communicating with one of our experienced office staff. Our newest member to the office is Celeste who helps with the every day customer service. Tori has been here for 1 year who helps with customer service as well as invoicing. The office manager, Wendy has been here for 6 years. Dana our assistant office manager has been here for 4. We have RayAnn who takes care of receiving along with customer service.
Once an order is placed and sent the back for processing, it will run through the hands of our experienced shipping department. Linda, who works in our pad department has been with us for 40 years. Suzy with 24 years’ experience along with Patti who has 3 years, work in the stockroom pulling orders for shipment. In the shipping department, we have Candy that has 3 years and Cindy who has been around for 30 years.
Cliff and Barbara opened their own one room repair shop in Battle Creek, Michigan known as Ferree’s Music Shop, Inc. in 1946 after graduating from Conn Repair School in Elkhart, Indiana. Their first location was located on the second floor above a shoe store. Business grew rapidly and they had several locations in downtown Battle Creek before buying a building on Calhoun Street where he began renting instruments on a trial basis. Due to the increase in business, he partnered with Jack Masteller, a former band director, so he could focus on the repair department. The retail portion of the business was later sold due to the expansion of the tool business which was Cliff’s passion. In 1956, Cliff bought the repair tool departments of both Conn and Leblanc.
From 1962 thru 1967, Cliff conducted a very successful series of 2 week repair courses. During this time he moved the business to its current location, 1477 Michigan Ave. East. Two large additions were added to the building in 1967 and a second building was completed in 1976 due to a large increase in business. In 1979, Cliff gave his first foreign repair clinic in W. Germany and a similar one in Norway in 1980.
Starting in 1957, Barbara produced the company’s first catalogs, advertising and layouts. Cliff always attributed the growth of the company to the fact that he had been active in the repair field and realized the needs of other repairmen. He was constantly on the lookout for methods to improve tools and supplies needed by musical instrument repairmen throughout the world. Using these tools can help complete difficult and complicated jobs more simply, in much less time and more accurately. There have been large investments to update company machinery in an effort to keep production costs as low as possible.
The name Ferree’s has always stood for efficient manufacturing and pride in our products. The quality and service represented by our logo are always the best we can give.