Founded in Greensboro in 1949 by M.B. Toler, Southern Elevator Company began as an elevator manufacturer. Seated in the hotbed of the then healthy textile manufacturing industry, Southern Elevator grew and prospered in concert with the mills. However, when manufacturing began to enter its decline and installation became less profitable, it became more and more difficult to justify the expense of regional elevator manufacturing, and Southern Elevator succumbed in a similar decline until, the company was sold for estate reasons and the business focus became preventative maintenance service, repair, and modernization.
Southern Elevator has a client list that reads like a ‘Who’s Who’ of business and industry of the Carolinas. Coupled with top shelf mechanics and an effective, streamlined administrative core, Southern Elevator has long triumphed as the largest independent elevator service provider. By building the face-to-face contact with customers by providing service, repair, and modernization, our mission to become the best provider of service in the region and have the broadest coverage of towns and communities throughout North and South Carolina, as well as Southern Virginia.
By addressing ‘niche’ demands, Southern Elevator platformed its strategy, and then took it to the next level: acquisition. Southern Elevator has grown from two to seven branches since 1991 and acquired: