Michigan Elevator & Engine Co.

Detroit, MI (The Railroad, Telegraph, Electric and Steamship Builders' Buyers' Guide, 1897)

Articles of incorporation were filed in Michigan on 7/31/1888.  The notice mentions the company was formerly the Middlebrook Company (In business since at least 1878).  Founders of MEEC were noted as George C. Wetherbee, Gilbert W. Lee, Q. A. Grosvenor, and Jacob Hull.  It is important to note here that Mssrs. Wetherbee and Grosvenor also founded the Detroit Vise Co. in 1888.  A very substantial biography on Mr. Wetherbee can be found here.

On 11/11/1894, the company was succeeded by the Gardner Elevator Company (a new company).  Officers are noted as R. W. Gardner - Pres., K. E. Gardner - VP, O. N. Gardner - Sec/Treas.  On 8/1/1906, the company sold out to Otis Elevator Co.