Lardner Elevator History:

The Lardner Elevator Company is a closely held independent elevator installation and service company servicing the Southeastern Michigan area.

The Lardner Elevator Company was formed in 1958 by two brothers, Bruce and Richard Lardner.

During the construction boom of the 1960s and 1970s, Lardner Elevator installed approximately 1500 Esco hydraulic elevators, and approximately 200 high rise traction elevators. During this time Lardner Elevator developed a compressive maintenance program to maintain and service the elevators that we installed.

In the late 1970s and early 1980s the construction busniess slowed. As a result, Lardner Elevator began to focus more and more on maintenance, service, and modernization of existing elevator equipment.

During the 1980s Lardner Elevator became a major force in the area specializing in modernization, maintenance & service. Projects included the Detroit Police Headquarters, UAW Solidarity House, GM Tech Center, Ford Motor Research & Development Center, and the complete modernization of all elevators at the Veterans Administration Hospital in Allen Park, Michigan.

In 1987 Richard Lardner retired from Lardner Elevator, and in 1988 Bruce Lardner passed away. As a result, Michael P Lardner became the General Manager of The Lardner Elevator Company. Elizabeth Lardner, Bruce’s wife, became President and sole owner.

During the 1990s Lardner Elevator made considerable investments in our ability to provide a first rate service and maintenance company.

In 2000 Elizabeth Lardner officially retired from Lardner Elevator after over 40 years of involvement in the company.

Lardner Elevator continues today with a legacy of 4 family generations in the elevator busniess.


In order to better serve our customer's needs, Lardner Elevator Co. has made many improvements within our organization. Some of these improvements include, two-way voice radios for all of our field mechanics, customized invoicing (detailed the way you need it), employee involvement and education, and a complete, computerized elevator equipment database (make, model, year, date of tests, service call and maintenance history, etc.) on every elevator we maintain. We have also installed broadband Internet service in our offices to allow our customers to contact us through email.

We currently maintain a complete database on each and every elevator currently under our care. This database system tracks all service calls, repair work, and parts that go into every elevator. We are now able to pick out any one elevator, and list all costs and work performed on it for a given period. This system helps us to locate and analyze problems and patterns that might otherwise not be noticed.

All of our Field Mechanics are equipped with two-way hand-held voice radios. This radio system allows us to dispatch a service call within seconds of receiving it from the customer. The radios also cut time and costs by allowing our service personnel to call out to other mechanics for technical assistance, without adding the cost of a second or third man to the job.

We are centrally located, just east of downtown Detroit. From our facility we can access any of the major freeways going through Detroit in a matter of minutes. This allows us to respond quickly to any emergency situation,  limits expensive travel time, and mileage costs for our customers.

We maintain nearly 30,000 sq. feet of building space with our offices, complete shop facilities and an extensive warehouse, all under one roof, in the near downtown Detroit area.

Machine Shop:

Our 6000 square foot shop facilities include complete welding facilities for all types of metals, a plasma cutter, a Bridgeport Milling machine with digital readouts, a new 18" x 42" Gap lathe, a 18" band saw, an 8-ft metal bending brake, and a 2000 lb. capacity hi-lo. Our two certified welders/ machinists have and can fabricate and/or repair just about anything that comes their way, from complete elevator cab enclosures to small or large precision machined parts. Items that we have fabricated or repaired in the past include hydraulic elevator jack cylinders, and valve manifolds, escalator steps, motor adapter plates, elevator door operator parts, hoisting machine parts, and obsolete elevator controller components just to name a few.


Lardner Elevator also maintains a large warehouse, perhaps the largest of its type in the State, in which we store salvaged, old, obsolete elevator equipment. Maintaining this warehouse has helped us to extend the life of many elevators that might otherwise have to be replaced, or shut down. It is not uncommon for other elevator companies to call on us for some of these parts. We also stock the most commonly used new parts for all makes of elevators and related equipment.


Our field service personnel are members of the International Union of Elevator Constructors, Local 36. All of our field mechanics are licensed elevator journeymen in the City of Detroit, and the State of Michigan.

Service is our business. Serving our customers means providing the highest standards possible in elevator safety and reliability to one of the most respected academic institutions in the country. It is important to note that service also means integrity in dealing with the customer. If we don't serve you properly, we don't deserve your business.





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