Industrial Commercial Elevator was founded in 1975 by Raymond “Ray” Gielarowski, Sr. Ray began his career in the industry working as a union elevator mechanic. After working several years in the field and having earned the reputation as one of the very best elevator technicians in the industry, Ray decided to venture out on his own. Combining his elevator skills with his ‘gift of gab’ and his innate business skills, Ray started Industrial Elevator with one truck, a set of tools, and one employee. Not lacking in confidence by any means, Ray knew he could be successful by providing customers with outstanding customer service that could not be matched.
Soon, Ray’s sons, Stephen Gielarowski, Sr. and Raymond Gielarowski, Jr. joined the family business. Steve studied Electrical Engineering at West Virginia University and, at the encouragement of his parents, learned the value of hard work by working as a coal miner during his summer breaks, before eventually coming home to help run the business. Always eager to learn, Steve continued his education at Robert Morris University, where he earned his Bachelor of Science in Business Management. Steve also sits on the Safety Board of the Department of Labor and Industry, where he actively participates in the review and discussion of key safety issues facing the ever-changing vertical transportation industry.
Raymond Jr., or JR as most call him, started working in the industry immediately after high school, honing his skills in the trade and making him the elevator and escalator expert he is today. JR works closely each day with his team of experienced mechanics and union apprentices, supervising and advising on troubleshooting issues so as to ensure customers get the reliable service ICE is known for providing. Customers know that when it comes to service, they can count on JR and his team to quickly and efficiently resolve any problems they might face.
Both brothers proudly joined the International Union of Elevator Constructors (IUEC Local #6) and worked in the field for many years, gaining valuable hands-on experience by servicing, maintaining, and installing a wide variety of elevator and escalator equipment. Nowadays, together, Steve and JR lead a team of sales and office personnel and an average of 33 employees, running a successful business and providing customers with high-quality products and best-in-industry services.
A third generation has also joined ICE. In 2017, Steve’s son, Stephen Jr., received his degree in Finance from West Virginia University. He quickly took interest in the elevator world, as it seems to run in the family’s blood, and joined the IUEC. Stephen is currently working towards finishing his certified training with NEIEP (National Elevator Industry Education Program). His formal college education combined with IUEC training and on-the-job experience will prove to make Stephen an integral part of the company’s future.
At Industrial Commercial Elevator, we understand that customer satisfaction is a top priority–our success has been built on this principal since 1975. We want to assure you that with our experience, committed team and passion for elevators, you will have made a great decision by choosing ICE for your next project. As we say here at ICE, we are “Geared to Serve Your Needs.”