Automobile Rotary Lift Co.
Rotary Lift logo



Succeeded by

Dover Corp.


Automobile Rotary Lift Co. (now known as Dover Corp.) was founded in 1925. It was the precursor to the modern Dover Corp. It is the world leader in hydraulic light duty/heavy duty vehicle lifts and special tools.


Automobile Rotary Lift Co.was started in 1925 by two oil men named R.J. O'Brien from Shreveport, LA and B.B. Jones from Jackson, MS under the Tennessee laws to built automobile lifts for service motor vehicles. In 1937, they were able to perfect and create the modern-day hydraulic elevator. They called them "Oildraulic" elevators. Elevators between 1925 and 1955 were installed using the "Rotary Co." name.

In 1955, Rotary Lifts established an elevator division called Dover Corp. and in addition, started to make traction elevators as well.  In the same year, Dover Corp split from Rotary Lift Co. and became its own company.

Dover's Elevator Division was bought by German-based Thyssen AG in 1999 giving Thyssen a foot in the door (so to speak) into the US market. Between 1999 and 2001, the company was called ThyssenDover, but elevators were installed under the "Dover" nameplate.

In 2001, the Thyssen and Krupp merger was completed and from it ThyssenKrupp was created. The name was changed from "ThyssenDover Elevator" to simply ThyssenKrupp Elevator.

In 2012, ThyssenKrupp discontinued the Oildraulic system, in favor of a new, Eco-Friendly, Endura system. ThyssenKrupp still makes traction and MRL elevators, along with the new Endura hydraulic elevator.

Notable installations

  • Kirkwood Medical Centre, St. Louis, MO
  • 2000 Clarendon Boulevard, Arlington, VA

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