Commercial Elevator Services

Elevators make the first impression about your business to everyone entering your commercial building.

If your elevator needs modernization we have the experts to get it done.

If you are looking for elevator installation, fill out our questionnaire to get started.

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We strive to make business personal by providing superior customer service from qualified technicians.
Gary Schriver, President

Elevator Technology Trends

At Straight Up Elevator Co we work with commercial elevators, along with their control systems, on hydraulic elevators, geared and gearless traction elevators with a Machine Room, and Machine Room-less (MRL) elevators.

We are an independent elevator company which allows us to put the needs of our customers first with non-proprietary elevator systems.

There are three main types of elevator designs which are commonly used today: hydraulic, traction with a machine room, and machine room-less traction, as well as, there are variations on each of those designs.

#1 Hydraulic Elevators
These elevators are supported by a piston at the bottom of the elevator that pushes the elevator up as an electric motor forces oil or another hydraulic fluid into the piston.

#2 Geared and Gearless Traction Elevators with Machine Room
Traction elevators are lifted by ropes passing over a wheel using an electric motor above the elevator shaft. These are best used in mid and high-rise applications; their travel speeds are significantly higher than hydraulic elevators.

#3 Machine Room-Less (MRL) Elevators
These are traction elevators but are not designed with a machine room over the elevator shaft. The machine is placed in the override space; it's accessed from the top of the elevator cab.

We are a locally owned company serving Oregon and Northern California with proven elevator technology.

All of the equipment we install is nonproprietary. A nonproprietary elevator system allows any licensed elevator company to maintain, repair, or upgrade the elevator. Our client needs always come first.

We offer 24 hour emergency services.

  • Freight Elevator
  • Glass Elevator
  • BUsiness Building Elevator
  • Vehicle Elevator

A commercial elevator has multiple applications that will range in size from a dumbwaiter to a freight elevator to a people mover system. Every elevator has its' unique controller system.

For example, a library can use a dumbwaiter to move small amounts of books from one floor to another. Other businesses will need to move large, heavy loads of cargo brought in with a forklift or other heavy machinery. Other commercial projects include "people moving" applications like airports and large office buildings.

Commercial buildings come in all shapes and sizes, and each will require a specific type of elevator to suit its purposes. With commercial elevator services from Straight Up Elevator Co. you receive reliable consulting, diagnostic and installation services. Our Service Agreements are clear and concise, no hidden clauses and no hidden charges.

Whether your facility is small or large, needs to move people or freight, we provide the elevator products, including controller components, that keep everything moving smoothly. Our maintenance services are second to none because we have technicians who are professional and reliable.

Elevator Product Information

All of the equipment we install is non-proprietary. A non-proprietary elevator system allows any licensed elevator company to maintain, repair, or upgrade the elevator. Our client needs always come first.

Our experience contractors provide professional services to install commercial elevator(s).

We install non-proprietary controllers and components from all major manufactures.

Some elevator companies install elevators that run on proprietary computer-based software that require specialized tools that only the manufacturer itself can provide in order to perform maintenance on the elevator.

That type of scenario locks the customer into signing a Service Agreement with the manufacturing company, instead of being able to choose a maintenance provider that best suits them.

Though it may be advantageous, at times, to having the manufacturer of the equipment be the one to maintain it, generally you have to pay a premium for it and you have little to no choice in the matter.

We are licensed in Oregon and California, combining that with our experience, means you receive professional and reliable services on all your elevator requirements from Straight Up Elevator Co.

Commercial Elevator Installation Products

- Vertical Express
- Motion Control Engineering (MCE)/Canton
- Minnesota Elevator
- Schumacher

Elevator Interior

- Young Elevator Interiors
- SnapCab
- Columbia Cabs

Elevator Fixtures

- Innovation
- ECC Elevator
- Vertical Express

Elevator Controller Equipment

- Smartrise
- Elevator Controls

At Straight Up Elevator we are your one-stop shop for elevator technology and services.

For years we have been providing our clients with reliable and safe elevator technology products and services, including installation and maintenance to ensure proper operation and complete ADA compliance.

When it comes to elevator installation and repair, we are a premier elevator service company in Oregon and Northern California, which includes problem solvers. Because we are a local company we build our business by taking care of our clients. We always make sure that the elevator product and/or elevator service that we provide to you will resolve your issues and complies with local and State requirements.

Our experienced technicians are extremely knowledgeable and skillful at problem solving and troubleshooting. At Straight Up Elevator we are a trusted independent elevator company that you can count on when it comes to elevator installation and maintenance.

We install complete commercial hydraulic and traction elevator packages from the following manufacturers: Vertical Express, Canton/Motion Control Engineering (MCE), and Minnesota Elevator, Inc.

Our dumbwaiters are manufactured by Elevation Innovation, Inc. and our material lifts are Custom Industrial Products and Wildeck.

These elevators are for looks. It can be used to showcase beautiful views in high-rise buildings, the interior designs, and also scenic views of the the building atrium or the surrounding community.


Dumbwaiters are common. Their design is very compact. They are the perfect solution for those who need to move small objects from floor to floor.

Freight Elevator
Most often a large elevator with a rough interior and used for transportation of cargo that includes supplies, industrial material, or equipment.

Freight Elevator

A limited use, limited application elevator is a special-purpose passenger elevator fin facilities that do not require frequent use and/or smaller people flows.

Bus Lift
Mobile design of a wheel chair lift.

Bus Lift
Low Rise building Elevator

Low Rise building Elevator
A low rise building is best designated by local building codes. Both passenger elevators and freight elevators are used in this type of building.

It can be used in office buildings, educational facilities, retail businesses, government buildings, hospitals, airports, and so forth.

Most often, this elevator conforms to these requirements:
- Capacity of 2100 to 4500 pounds
- Travel distance up to 65 feet
- Speed up to 150 feet per minute
- Six stops or fewer

Elevator Permits In Oregon & California

  • Construction-use elevator
  • Dumbwaiter
  • Hydraulic elevator
  • Traction elevator
  • Inclined residential elevator
  • Inclined wheelchair lifts
  • LULA Electric & Hydraulic Elevator

  • Rack & Pinion Elevators
  • Residential electric & hydraulic elevator
  • Residential stairway chairlift
  • Sidewalk elevator
  • Personnel elevator
  • Vertical reciprocating lift
  • Vertical wheelchair lifts
  • Vertical/inclined wheelchair lifts

Straight Up Elevator Co. will work with your General Contractor/Architect, and electricians to make the elevator a seamless project for you. Complete our questionnaire to get more specific information on your elevator project.

We make sure that the necessary permits and approvals are in place so your commercial elevator is up to code and will pass all inspections.

There are many designs possible to fit your taste and our experts will work side-by-side with you to make sure your home elevator experience is a pleasant one. Once your elevator is installed, we will design a custom maintenance and service Agreement to keep your elevator equipment safe and updated with new technology.

We welcome the opportunity to send you information on a customized commercial elevator installation .

FAQ - Frequently Asked Questions

What Is The Best Commercial Elevator?
The type of elevator installed depends on your budget, requirements, and space. Because Straight Up Elevator is an independent elevator company we offer non-proprietary systems which means you get the best elector and controller system for your requirements.

How Much Space Is Needed for an Elevator?
A typical elevator requires about 5 to 7 feet of space lengthwise and widthwise for the cab, and the shaft will need at least 4 feet of depth below the elevator.

What Is Elevator Modernization?
Modifications to an older elevator to insure it meets code. Elevator modernization helps ensure that your elevator is as safe as possible. As elevators age and new safety measures are developed, your elevator can begin to deteriorate or become out of date.

How Much Weight Can A Freight Elevator Hold?
A freight elevator is designed to carry heavy-duty loads and can typically hold from 4,000 to 15,000 pounds.

How Much Does it Cost to Maintain an Elevator?
On average, it will cost about $500 - $1,000 a year to provide professional elevator maintenance plus the cost of parts and service that may or may not be requires during the maintenance.

How Many People Can Fit in a Lift or Elevator?
The dimensions of the elevator determine the number of people. In most cases, an elevator can hold more weight than the number of people who can physically fit in an elevator.

What Is a Service Lift?
This is similar to a freight elevator. It's designed for carrying goods from one floor to another. Most often this elevator is restricted to staff and employee access.

What Are the Types of Elevators?
Click here to view a page describing different types of elevators.

Our elevator maintenance services make it easy to benefit from the service you require, without purchasing nonessential services. You can contact us by phone or reach us online by clicking this link to receive a free estimate.

We make every effort to schedule an appointment at the most convenient time for you. We are happy to provide a customized quotation to install, repair, or modernize your elevator equipment.

Do you have an existing Service Agreement, Full Maintenance Agreement, or Examination and Lubrication Agreement? We will assist you in understanding all the clauses of your existing Agreement. When is the last time your elevator was checked for being up to code and/or being current with technology?

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