Colley Elevator History
Colley Elevator was founded by Mr. C.B. Colley in 1908 and was primarily a servicing company. The elevator industry grew with the building boom in the Chicago area, Colley Elevator expanded their technologies. The company shifted gears and was almost exclusively specializing in new construction at the time. This began our long term relationships with our customers. Many companies now recognize that these long term relationships are necessary for success, this has been important to us all along. Most of our new customers to this day, when we come in to do a job their company can’t do, or is over priced, like; modernization, cylinder work, etc, they see the attention we give. After seeing this, more times then not, they ask Colley to stay as their vendor.
Relay logic was the main source of control systems in the 1970’s. Colley Elevator met the need of their customers by converting to the latest technology of micro processor solid state control systems in the 90’s. In 1986 Colley made the move from Franklin Park to Bensenville to accommodate its growing operations.
We service & maintain several thousand elevators in the greater Chicago land area. All of our equipment is non-proprietary systems, diagnostic systems are not needed to program our systems or solve in problems. What this means is when a company installs a proprietary systems, if you ever want another company to service your elevators in anyway, they either cannot, or it will be very expensive. We choose not to do this simply because it is not fair for anyone to be stuck with a company if you do not want to be. It is simply unethical behavior to trap a client!
Colley Elevator Company is the oldest independent elevator Companies in the Chicago area. While our competitors have sold out to larger conglomerates, Colley has maintained its independent integrity. Our personal relationships with each customer is a testimonial to this integrity you won’t get from a larger company. We have maintained our on going 109 years of successful service in the metropolitan area. Get in touch and let Colleys reputable service go to work for you!