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Otis Elevator Co

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December 1907.
February 1908.

of New York

of Falmouth Road, London

of 4 Queen Victoria Street, London, EC (1914)

Parent company established in USA by Elisha Graves Otis.

1893 British branch established.

1902 R. Waygood and Co proposed to acquire the business but the deal was not completed.

1914 Specialists in elevators and hoisting machinery. Specialities: passenger elevators and warehouse lifts. [1]

1914 Acquired the London-based branch of the Otis Elevator Company of the USA; the merged company became Waygood-Otis Ltd; as part of the deal, the Otis Company would purchase shares in the Waygood company[2]

By 1952 Otis Elevator Co of USA had a controlling interest in Waygood-Otis

1957 Name changed.

1961 Manufacturers of lifts, cranes, escalators and accessories. [3]

1996 Otis acquired Express Lifts of Northampton, and merged it with another UK subsidiary, Evans Lifts; the Northampton factory was closed; a new joint company was established called Express Evans Lifts, based in Leicester[4]

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Sources of Information

  1. 1914 Whitakers Red Book
  2. The Times, May 09, 1914
  3. 1961 Dun and Bradstreet KBE
  4. The Times, July 19, 1996