Our History

The idea of a Fostoria, Ohio based elevator company came after Harold Davis, one of the companies original founders, was asked in 1920 by a local businessman to convert his hand-operated elevator to an electrically operated device.  Davis was successful in creating a conversion unit that was cheaper than constructing a new electrical elevator, and with his colleague Paul Newcomer (both then working at the Fostoria Sales & Contracting Co.) they began to install them throughout Ohio in 1921, marking the foundation of Davis & Newcomer Elevator Company.

The company was bought in 1968 by Rikhard Laiho (on the right in the adjacent picture) who has since retired. Since 1999 it has been ran by his son, Pete Laiho (on the left). We currently perform service, repair, and modernization for over 1100 elevators at churches, schools, businesses and factories in the non-metropolitan areas of Ohio.

Our Employees

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What We Do

We offer many services , including modernization, maintenance, and service and repair.  We provide no-cost evaluations of your equipment by one of our technicians, along with a large inventory of replacement parts for all makes and vintages of elevators.  We can bring your aging elevator equipment up to modern day standards with improved reliability while enhancing your risk management position.

 Why Choose Us?

Being family-owned enables us to provide more personal service than our industry’s conglomerates. In most towns our market share reaches 25%.

We possess a complete line of replacement parts for all makes and vintages of elevators, including an extensive inventory for even the oldest systems. With our labor costs lagging the industry level, we can also provide savings on maintenance contracts, service calls, repairs and modernization projects.

Service only, including modernization
Thirteen (13) employees (five office, eight field)
Financially secure, profitable, and debt-free
$2 million annual sales.
Seven hundred (700) elevators under contract to service.
Five hundred (500) additional “demand” customers.
Workers Compensation Insurance coverage

Twenty-four (24) hours LIVE telephone service for our customers.

Following is a partial listing of our larger accounts. We would appreciate the opportunity to demonstrate our capabilities.

Campbell Soup Co.
Titan Tire
Cooper Tire & Rubber Co.
Colorite/Swan Hose
Johns Manville
Orr Felt Co.
Whirlpool Corp.
Wooster Brush Co.
JM Smuckers Co.
Libbey Glass
Smurfit Stone Container
University of Findlay
Dannon Yogurt
NASA/Plumbrook Operations

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