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About Us

Back in 1930 it seemed like a good idea way to use the resources of a tiny, two-person machine shop to fabricate parts for friends in the elevator trades who couldn’t get replacement parts from the major elevator companies fast enough. And it was.

Adams Manufacturing quickly established itself as the go-to resource for elevator mechanics who needed parts fast. Armed with a growing force of skilled employees and a plant filled with machine tools, Adams Manufacturing evolved into Adams Elevator Equipment Company—and we never looked back. We soon became the nation’s leading manufacturer and distributor of quality replacement parts for all major brands of elevators and escalators. The product line grew to include elevator fixtures and components, polyurethane rollers, safety equipment, elevator and escalator handrails, power tools, instruments and hydraulic oils—the broadest product selection around.

As the business grew in size and reputation, it got the attention of Westinghouse Elevator. Since many of their mechanics were already buying parts from Adams, it seemed a good business decision to buy the shop in 1982. Then, when Westinghouse decided to divest itself of its elevator holdings in 1989, it sold Adams to Europe’s largest elevator company, Schindler Elevator Corporation.

For most of its history, the Adams style of doing business has been the most-copied business model in the industry. No one, however, can duplicate the personalized service and parts reliability that have helped build the Adams reputation. Adams became the standard. Pages from Adams’ catalogs have appeared in the catalogs of copycat competitors; some suppliers compared themselves to Adams to enhance their images; and still others targeted Adams’ benchmark performance as achievements to be surpassed. Today, Adams is still the standard by which all other parts manufacturers and suppliers are measured.

Consider these operating statistics: roughly 50,000 different SKUs are on hand in our nearly 70,000 -square-foot facility. Every month, our state-of-the-art Parts Distribution Center in Maumee, Ohio ships an average of 20,000 items for about 14,000 orders. Even with this high-volume, we are known for our service and swift fulfillment of quick-turnaround orders.

What does this mean for you? It means that you can make no better decision for your business than to trust your repair and maintenance requirements to Adams Elevator. Our large size notwithstanding, no one takes better care of you. Quality parts, friendly and knowledgeable service, fast delivery—all backed by a no-nonsense guarantee of satisfaction. These things all add up to make the kind of company you can depend on. We know what it takes to keep elevators and escalators moving safely.

You can confidently make Adams your first—and only—call for all your parts needs.

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