About Us





Industrial Electric Company of Detroit, Inc. has maintained a prominent presence as one of the largest union Electrical contractors in Southeast Michigan since its conception in 1932. Our services include assistance in Design, Installations, Maintenance, and Servicing across a wide range of specialized industries. Industrial Electric’s reputation is built on a foundation based on providing quality craftsmanship and maintaining a mindset of doing the job right the first time. 





        Industrial Electric Co. was started in the early 1930’s by partners Chuck Simpson and A.E. Wallace as a DC/AC Motor Apparatus Repair shop. William P. Darish began his start in the Electrical industry by taking advantage of Rural Electrification Program designed to provide jobs to bring the country out of the Great Depression. He left his home in Southwest Michigan and traveled to Detroit where he worked at Industrial Electric during the day, and also had a second job working at Ford Motor Company at night. William P. Darish studied at Cass technical High School in Detroit and was able to earn his Electrical License. Subsequently he became Superintendent for Industrial Electric and moved the company in the direction of Electrical Contracting.  William P. Darish’s electrical career was interrupted by the attack on Pearl Harbor and America’s entrance into World War II. William P. Darish voluntarily enlisted in the Marine Corps on December 8th, 1941. He served as a Sergeant for the duration of his deployment and ultimately received a Purple Heart for wounds he sustained at Guadalcanal. At the conclusion of the World War II William P. Darish returned to his previous position at Industrial Electric. Upon the death of Mr. Simpson, he became partner and Co-Owner of Industrial Electric with his responsibility being Electrical Contracting.  When Mr. Wallace retired, William P. Darish became sole owner and incorporated Industrial Electric in 1966. Previously in 1960, Industrial Electric joined the Detroit Electrical Contractor Association of which is now the Southeast Chapter of NECA, Inc. 



         In 1960, his son William M. Darish started working part time at Industrial Electric while he was in high school. William M. Darish attended Xavier University (Cincinnati). Upon his graduation from Xavier in 1970, he entered the NECA-IBEW Apprentice Program and graduated in 1974 as a Journeyman Electrician. William M. Darish received his Master Electrician License in 1978. William M. Darish became the Vice-President of Industrial Electric in 1988 and upon William P. Darish’s retirement in 1996, he became President where he remains today. In 1998, William M. Darish was elected to the Board of Directors of the Southeast Michigan Chapter of NECA. Today, after serving 7 terms as President of NECA, he is currently serving his 3rd term as Chapter Governor. His long term involvement in NECA includes serving on the Labor/Management Committee, Insurance Fund Trustee and Chairman/Trustee of Electrical Industry Training Center. 



        Thomas R. Darish started part time at Industrial Electric in1979. Upon graduating from Xavier University with a Master degree in Business Administration, Tom also went through the NECA-IBEW Apprentice Program and graduated as a Journeyman Electrician. After working in multiple aspects of the business, Tom became Vice President of Industrial Electric in 1996, where he continues today. Tom’s major area of expertise is the Tech-Data division of Industrial Electric, which serves several customers around the country. He is currently a member of the board of Tech-Data division of the Electrical Industry Training Center. 



        John T. Darish joined Industrial Electric working part time while in high school. John graduated from Xavier University in 1983. He enrolled in the IBEW-NECA Apprentice Program where he graduated as a Journeyman in 1989. John received his Master Electrician License in 1991. John currently is the Secretary Treasurer of Industrial Electric and manages many projects across various industries throughout the metro-Detroit area. 


        Throughout the history of Industrial Electric the focus on customer satisfaction and high quality craftsmanship have prevailed. This work ethic was grounded and taught by William P. Darish who always stressed, “Do it Right the First Time.”