Devine Brothers was founded in the Southwark District of Philadelphia in 1918 by James and Michael Devine, brothers who entered the world of mechanical contracting with little formal education of the business. Hard nosed and eager, Jim and Mike committed themselves to two things; doing things right and doing things fairly. Jim was the salesman and estimator, bidding jobs for the Catholic Archdiocese, private owners, and in the public works. Mike held down the office, taking care of books, and scheduling manpower. Together, they built Devine Brothers on a reputation of honesty that was renowned in the city of Philadelphia. As a result they were sought out by the city’s larger general contractors, such as McCloskey and McShain; and had emerged as an industry leader, and a company that would take on and complete challenging projects with superb results, such as the Philadelphia Naval Yard Expansion.
With a sharp business sense and likeable nature, backed up by solid technical knowledge, Rich grew into a strong leader at Devine Brothers, and in 1996 purchased the company from his father becoming the 3rd and current president of Devine Brothers. Under Rich’s presidency, Devine Brothers has grown even further; adding a service division, green energy services division, design-build services division, controls division and energy management services division.
“With a project involving one of the most important landmarks in the country, we knew that every detail, every decision, every single thing we did had consequences of the highest level. Our whole company’s reputation was put on the line, and we completed the job flawlessly. This was the proudest achievement in our company history.”
In the 2000’s Devine Brothers had grown by 60%, becoming one of the most complete, premiere mechanical construction companies in the Tri-State area. The service division had obtained on of the industry’s lowest customer turnover rates in the area. The controls division grew to become on of the most diverse and knowledgeable on the East Coast, offering both Johnson Controls (through their sister company Dynamic Controls), & Honeywell control products. During the 2000’s Devine Brothers reputation for their industry knowledge had General Contractors and developers requesting their help in designing or redesigning projects to lower cost and improve efficiency.
With the company larger and more successful then ever, Devine Brothers became too big for their current headquarters in Havertown PA, and in 2004 moved to their new 35,000 square foot headquarters in King of Prussia PA. In 2009 Devine Brothers opened a Philadelphia Branch on Grays Avenue. Also in 2009 Rich Devine Jr’s son, Richard “Trey” Devine III; a Business Administration graduate from Cabrini College, as well as a 4th generation Devine; joined the company as a Project Manager, making Devine Brothers “a true family business.”
From a small firm started by two brothers, to today’s full service mechanical construction business, Devine Brothers is still committed to doing things right and doing things fairly, and is proud of the reputation of honesty and integrity that makes Devine Brothers one of the tri-state’s areas premiere mechanical construction leaders.