From horse and buggy to commercial truck suspension, we have experienced a lot of changes in the heavy duty truck industry over the past 100 years.
Frank Ferrara & Sons Spring Works began humbly on September 10, 1912 when Frank P. Ferrara opened a small blacksmith shop for repair of steel wagon wheels and seat springs on Worthington St. in Springfield, MA. As model T’s and motorized wagons began to appear on the streets, Frank adapted to forging spring replacements for the vehicles.
In 1926 Frank P. Ferrara officially welcomed his two sons, Louis and Fred to the company, and through the focused efforts of the three Ferrara’s, the business began to grow. In 1935 when Frank passed away suddenly, the two brothers, having the experience they required, reigned over the family business. They soon envisioned opportunities for expansion and acted upon them, first into machining services, then into part sales.
In 1947 Louis’ son Frank L. Ferrara began helping out part time in the spring shop. In 1954, after graduating school and serving two years in the army, Frank returned to the family business. Over the next 29 years Frank was instrumental in the continual expansion in all areas of the business.
On May 23, 1983, it was industriousness and purpose that led Frank, with his wife Ann, to purchase the spring business from other family members. From that day on, the business became known as Frank L. Ferrara Spring Works Inc. Ten years later, in 1993, they relocated to Amboy Court in Springfield, just minutes away from its’ original location.
In 2007 Frank and Ann’s daughter Diane (Ferrara) Valentino began working in the office. The following year Frank appointed her president of the company where she now
oversees the day to day operation and proudly represents the fourth generation of Ferrara’s to run the family business.
In 2012, the fifth generation entered into the business with Diane’s oldest son Scott eager to take part in the family’s great legacy. The following year, Diane’s youngest son Joe joined Scott in his pledge to carry the family business forward. The two brothers have brought new ideas and a lot of enthusiasm to the business, and we are excited to see what the future holds for Ferrara Spring Works.