Our goal is to not promise more than we can deliver, but to deliver more than we promise. The Schumachers apply this philosophy to both their work and community endeavors.
From the small town of Denver, Iowa, Marvin and Helen Schumacher are running a leading, worldwide elevator company, and still make giving back to their community and spending time with their family number one priorities.
Schumacher Elevator Company, a family-owned business since 1936, has come a long way from its first lift for feed bags and chicken crates. Started by Marvin Schumacher’s father and grandfather, the company concentrated on freight elevators, lifting platforms, and dumbwaiters for its first 25 years of existence. When Marv joined the company in 1962 after earning his degree in electrical engineering from the University of Iowa, Schumacher Elevator Co. started designing and manufacturing elevator systems to move people as well as freight. This same year, he purchased the business from his father and uncle and has been President since. In 1978, Marvin’s wife, Helen, joined the company as an accountant after a career as a high school teacher, and now serves as Vice President. Truly a family affair, their son Jeff also joined the company in 1993. Exceptional customer service and support have contributed to the success and growth the Schumachers have seen, as the company now employs 170 people. From local elevators like those in the Black’s Building to those custom-designed for Mayo Clinic and Walt Disney World, millions of people across the world have been touched by the Schumachers’ expertise and high-quality products and service. Though the elevator industry as a whole has undergone some dramatic changes over the years, the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead are what keep the Schumachers are excited about the future.
Marvin and Helen have created a very community and family-oriented culture at Schumacher Elevator Co., so it is no surprise that they enjoy spending time in their community and with their children, Jeff, Ann, and John, their spouses and six grandchildren. The Schumachers are also very dedicated to making the community a better place with Marv’s involvement in organizations like Junior Achievement, Boy Scouts, and the Waverly Area Development Group, and Helen’s service to North Star Community Services and Denver Dollars for Scholars, among many others. They are also both involved with their church, Bremer County Community Foundation, and several committees working to build the community of Denver. Together they spend countless hours ensuring the entire Cedar Valley area continues to be a great place for their family and employees’ families to live, work, and enjoy life.