Metro Elevator Services Celebrates 40th Anniversary

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2010 marks the 40th anniversary for Metro Elevator Services, an elevator repair and maintenance company in Indiana. From their humble beginnings as a multipurpose elevator company to the specialized elevator installation and modernization company they are today, Metro Elevator Services has seen consistent growth through both good and bad times.

Our company has grown, expanded, and evolved from day one and there’s no reason that will ever change.

Based out of Indianapolis, Indiana, Metro Elevator originally started out as an elevator service and repair company, primarily servicing old freight elevators and special purpose elevators for companies like Kepp Brothers, Brenner Luggage, the Naval Avionics Center and AT&T.

Their services geared towards power plants came about from a contract with Gavin Plant in Ohio, and from that point forward, Metro Elevator Services became the “go-to” company for Power Plant Elevator Installations.

From there, Metro Elevator Services began building partnerships all over the country, traveling from coast to coast installing and servicing elevators in everything from power plants to universities.

In 1994, Metro Elevator Services owned eleven separate hoists with eight of them being deemed as “rentable.” Sixteen years later, Metro Elevator now owns forty-five rentable elevators, more than quadrupling the company’s service elevator rental branch.

Since the company’s inception, they have seen the landscape of the industry change; but Metro Elevator Services is still the premier elevator inspector and maintenance company in Indiana.

As Metro Elevator Services enters its 40th year of continuous business, it is a time of celebration and nostalgia for Charles Ernstes II, president of the company. “Looking back at all we’ve been through as a company gives me so much to be excited for as we look to the future” said Ernstes. “Our company has grown, expanded, and evolved from day one and there’s no reason that will ever change.”

Over the last forty years, Metro Elevator has installed an estimated 25,000 feet of elevator tower, the equivalent of a 2,500 story building. Today, Metro Elevator Services continues to install residential & apartment elevators in addition to commercial and industrial elevator installations. Some of their current projects include elevator installations at the Indianapolis Children’s Museum, Ball State University, Indiana State University & the Brazil Library.


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