ALONG ABOUT 1850 the construction of multi-storied
office and factory structures in Cincinnati and other cities led to
elevator manufacturing. Warren Warner, Cincinnati, an engineer studying
the vertical transportation problem in 1860 designed and built the
first hydraulic elevator to be used locally, and founded the Warner
Elevator Manufacturing Company, 2613-31 Spring Grove Avenue.
Incorporated in 1887, the company was the third largest elevator
manufacturer in the country. When electric power superseded water
pressure in the late nineteenth century, the local concern kept stride
with progress by designing electric-driven elevators. Warner made
every type of elevator, from the high-speed passenger and freight
elevator to the dumbwaiter. An exclusive product is its electrically
driven, plunger type elevator for residential use.
Other Cincinnati Elevator Manufactures:
1. Shepard Elevator Company (1921), 2425 Colerain
Avenue, which had its own foundry.
The Shepard Elevator Company of Cincinnati
(founded in 1890), acquired the Warner Elevator Company
became the Shepard Warner Elevator Company about 1921. They manufactured
home elevators until purchased by Dover Corp around 1959.
The home elevator division was acquired by the
ThyssenKrupp’s Access Elevator Division, around 1990), who still makes a product
very similar to the
original home lift.
2. Cincinnati Elevator Works, 212 West Second
3. Economy Elevator Company, 12 Laurel Street
4. National Elevator Manufacturing Company, 7
West Second Street
5. Schatzman Elevator Works, 119 West Second
The H. J. Reedy Co. (REEDY ELEVATORS)
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History of the Elevator Industry in America
by: Patrick A. Carrajat
Cincinnati, the Queen City, 1788-1912, Volume 4
C. H. M. Atkins, manufacturer, banker, prominent citizen,
president of The Warner Elevator Company, and actively
identified with numerous business and financial interests of
Cincinnati is a native of this city. His father, Richard L.
Atkins, was also born here and was for many years engaged in the
piano business at 144 West Fourth street, under the firm name of
R. L. Atkins & Company, in which connection he was regarded as
one of the city's substantial business men. He retired sometime
ago, but is still residing here and is now seventy-six years of
age. His father, John Atkins, a native of England, was the
founder of the family in America and was one of the pioneer
residents of Cincinnati. Richard L. Atkins, wedded Anna S.
Warner, who was born in Cincinnati and is now in her
seventy-fifth year. Her father, Warren Warner, was born in Ohio
and lived in this city from his boyhood. He became a partner in
the firm of Miles Greenwood & Company, well known in connection
with the manufacture of architectural iron work and the building
of bridges, jails, bank vaults, and other structures, and during
the war constructed boats and cannon for the government. The
plant, the largest in the west in its day, was located on the
site of the present Ohio Mechanics Institute. In this plant
about the year 1858, Warren Warner built the first hydraulic
elevator, built in America, Cincinnati thus becoming the pioneer
of the hydraulic elevator manufacturing industry.
C. H. M. Atkins was educated in the
Cincinnati public schools and the Baldwin private school.
Immediately after leaving school he became associated with his
grandfather, Warren Warner, in business. The Warner Elevator
Company was organized in 1860 and in 1887 was incorporated with
Warren Warner, president and C. H. M. Atkins, secretary and
treasurer. Upon the death of Mr. Warner, in 1891, Mr. Atkins
became president and has ever since remained the executive head
of the enterprise, one of the most important of its kind,
ranking third in the output of electric elevators in the United
States. The plant with its acres of floor space is equipped with
the most modern machinery and the construction departments give
employment to a large force of expert workmen. The trade extends
to practically every civilized country and under the able
management of Mr. Atkins, the business has developed along
gratifying and substantial lines.