For over 60 years, Delaware Elevator Inc. has been one of the largest independent elevator design, construction and installation companies, rising to success on solid engineering, top-quality manufacturing and comprehensive customer service. This winning combination has allowed the company to expand from its headquarters in Salisbury, Md., and it has opened branches in Virginia, Delaware, Minnesota and Florida. It has also garnered the company average annual revenue of $20 million.
All of this is a source of great pride for the company president, Charles “Pete” Meeks Jr., who took over in 2001 after the previous owner, his father, passed away. What the company has become under Meeks’ guidance would surely have made his father proud.
Union-free since its inception in 1946, Delaware Elevator is a competitive company that attracts all manner of highly skilled talent, which allows the company to boast a list of exemplary, in-demand services. Specializing in new construction, modernization, and service and repair of both passenger and freight elevators, Delaware Elevator provides comprehensive service to the commercial, industrial, hospital and institutional sectors. A partnership with Chesapeake Drilling Corp. allows the company timely service for all outside and inside skid rig and other types of elevator specialty drilling. Establishing key relationships and maintaining well-staged Mid-Atlantic factory have resulted in a string of successes that has only served to bolster the company’s reputation for quality, tailored craftsmanship in every corner of the vertical transportation industry.
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One of the company’s most recent triumphs was an installation project at the Smithsonian’s Native American Museum. It presented a difficult challenge to the company, as the building offering no square corners — not even in the elevator shafts. The company was forced to think outside of the box, a practice at which Delaware Elevator excels. In the end, what resulted was an elevator meticulously constructed and perfectly customized for the space.
Additionally, the company has installed new elevators in the Rockville County Courthouse in Rockville, Md., and in the new National Air and Space Museum in Dulles, Va.
The company has also become a trusted contractor for the U.S. armed forces, working on military installations and marine vessels on secure projects.
Another area the company focuses much of its resources on is modernization. Delaware Elevator specializes in upgrading existing equipment to increase efficiency, reliability, safety and performance, all the while decreasing the costs of maintenance and repair for its customers. For the company, it is important to provide the best quality workmanship, even for client on a budget. Delivering this is a friendly workforce trained in-house in safety and inspection to maximize efficiency. Delaware Elevator regularly evaluates and makes improvements to work conditions and procedures to assure both team members and clients experience satisfaction.
Along with every manner of elevator, Delaware Elevator can also instal stair lifts, wheelchair lifts, dumbwaiters, material lifts and construction hoists. Delaware Elevator also does not limit its clients with equipment that requires special tools, passwords or software to install and maintain like many of its competitors. Delaware Elevator believes in giving its clients options by using non-proprietary products, allowing clients to choose who they would prefer to perform maintenance services. Delaware Elevator’s engineering and installation staff is also able to incorporate environmentally responsible building practices and materials that have the potential to contribute to maximizing LEED points and achieving tax credits.
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On top of all the thought that goes into Delaware Elevator’s designs and installation, the company maintains a committed 24/7 service staff. It is business practices like these that have put Delaware Elevator in demand not just nationally, but internationally, with the company working on such high-profile projects as the U.S. Embassy in Beijing, China, and performing government work in Kabul. While these projects posed logistical challenges, Delaware Elevator was able to effectively collaborate with the State Department and U.S. contractors on site to make sure that each job was finished on schedule and on budget.
With a stellar reputation for complete service and accurate, on-time engineering in the vertical access arena, Delaware Elevator is sure to rise to new levels of success well into the future.
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