Original factory on Ashland Ave.
Inside original Matot factory.
In 1888, a master carpenter named Duffy Matot founded Matot, Inc. on the north side of Chicago. Duffy's vision was to provide refrigeration equipment and primitive dumbwaiters to the many taverns and shops throughout the area. As the years passed, Matot grew along with the city, meeting the demands of the rapidly burgeoning population.
Duffy's growing company weathered the great Depression and performed Department of Defense work during the two world wars. After World War II, the company began to shift its manufacturing and sales emphasis to electric dumbwaiters and other types of vertical material handling equipment. Matot counted among its early elevator industry clients companies such as: Otis, Dover, Montgomery, Westinghouse and Schindler, to name a few. Today, these corporations continue to be loyal customers.
In the early eighties, Matot began manufacturing residential elevators. The new product line proved to be a major success and Matot entered into a manufacturing alliance with another family business — American Crescent — to increase manufacturing capacity, reduce lead times and provide a higher quality home elevator at a lower price.
Matot marks its 120th year by merging with Atlas Elevators, uniting the two leading producers of the commercial dumbwaiter and forming a partnership that will provide a variety of industries a more robust offering of customized, commercial grade lift solutions.