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May 24, 2022 – Minnesota Elevator, Inc. (MEI) one of the Midwest’s largest independent union elevator contractors, announced that it has acquired Interstate Elevator based in Topeka, Kansas. Interstate Elevator provides elevator maintenance, repair and modernization services.
Interstate Elevator has what MEI President Rick Lowenberg, calls a “very good fit for our Kansas-Missouri division. The equipment will be serviced by seasoned mechanics in the area Interstate serves today.”
Working together with MEI Sales Staff and Field Operations team, this acquisition will provide many more opportunities as well as enhanced customer service for all.
The customer base of Interstate Elevator and MEI complement one another, as they appeal to a similar audience, yet introduce new cultures as well. Since establishing Interstate Elevator in 2005, Bryan Ball and Jake Poteete have provided exceptional service. Bryan Ball is going to retire and Jake will continue with MEI to continue the relationships they have developed with their customers and appreciate their loyalty. “MEI is the company we chose to take over our business so we will continue to work with MEI on day-to-day operations. We believe you will benefit from a larger company structure while maintaining small company value. We would like to thank all our loyal customers and look forward to continued service with you as an employee of MEI.”
Modernization at KU Summerfield Hall
MEI has been providing elevator maintenance and repairs for Kansas University in Lawrence, Kansas for several years and this year, MEI completed a modernization project in Summerfield Hall. Summerfield Hall is a four-story building on campus that is used by hundreds of students studying film and media studies.
After experiencing problems with one of the Dover hydraulic elevators, MEI noted that the Dover solid state boards were obsolete and could not be repaired. Branch Manager Rob Gress and service mechanic Allen Williams approached KU and provided them with a proposal to have the elevator modernized. Since MEI and KU have built a strong relationship over the past years, KU agreed with MEI’s recommendations and the contract was signed to begin the project.
Throughout the modernization, MEI installed a MEI power unit, Vertitron controller and reflex selector, a GAL MOVFR door operator and Innovation fixtures. This project was even completed ahead of schedule which made the customer very happy.
At MEI, we strive to provide excellent customer service and take care of all our customers’ elevator needs. This successful modernization was completed by mechanic Bryant Gish and apprentice Wes Cook.
Hear What Our Satisfied Customers Have To Say
Their customer service and quality are top notch. I’ve had [competitor] run service and they have been an absolute nightmare! You can’t get a hold of anyone or even get a contract cancelled. It’s been a nightmare and Interstate Elevator has been a God send.
– Patrick D. (Google Review)