For nearly 100 Years, Detroit Elevator Company (DECO) has been at the heart and soul of the elevator industry in Michigan. Like an elevator, the company has risen to the top by providing outstanding customer service to our clients.
It began in 1914, when our company was founded by Tom “T.J.”O’Rielly. The goal was very simple. Build and service equipment to move people and provide outstanding service to exceed their expectations.
As the company grew, O’Rielly employed a philosophy of growing from within. He trained an associate, Charles DeLong in every aspect of the business. DeLong quickly moved his way up through the company, from shop worker to supervisor and eventually president.
In time, DeLong recruited his son-in-laws, Don Purdie and Ralph McKian into the company. When DeLong passed away in 1983, the two purchased the company and assumed leadership. When McKian retired, Purdie became the president and sole stockholder, a position he held until his passing in 2006.
Today, Purdie’s children, Don Purdie Jr. and Sheri D’Epifanio are at the helm of the family business. Both grew up in the business, with Don getting his hands dirty in the shop and Sheri learning the ropes in the office.
Much like their father and grandfather, Don and Sheri are 100% dedicated to providing the best level of customer service possible. It’s their commitment, their legacy and their promise to their customers.