The idea of a Fostoria, Ohio based elevator company came in 1920 after Harold Davis was asked 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 electric elevator. Davis and his colleague from the Fostoria Sales and Contracting Company, Paul Newcomer, began installing these conversion units throughout Ohio in 1921. That marked the beginning of what would become Davis and Newcomer Electric Elevator Company.

In 1968 the company was bought by Rikhard Laiho who ran Davis and Newcomer until his retirement in 1999 when he handed the reigns to his son, Pete.

In 2009, Pete moved the business from Fostoria to our current location on Route 12 just west of Arcadia, Ohio.


Being a family-owned business enables us to provide more personalized service than our industry’s large conglomerates. In a world full of red tape and low expectations we desire to separate ourselves from the pack by offering top notch service to a wide range of clients.  Our company operates on the principles of honesty and mutual respect.

We are a financially secure debt- free company that provides elevator service to the entire state of Ohio.

There is 24-hour LIVE telephone service with a qualified technician always on-call to service a wide range of clients from churches, schools, libraries, city and county buildings, and large factories and warehouses.

Some of our larger accounts include:

    • Campbell Soup                     Napoleon
    • Titan Tire                              Bryan
    • Johns Manville                     Defiance
    • Goodyear Tire                      Findlay
    • Whirlpool                             Findlay
    • NASA/HSX                           Sandusky
    • Hometown Foods               Toledo
    • Abbott Nutrition                 Columbus
    • Wooster Brush                    Wooster
    • University of Findlay           Findlay
    • Heidelberg University         Tiffin
    • Geon                                   Avon Lake
    • Loc Performance                 St. Marys