The History of Powerlift Dumbwaiters and Reite Construction

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The History of Powerlift Dumbwaiters and Reite Construction


Powerlift started to manufacture Dumbwaiters & Lifts back in 1972 with only one model.


Now Powerlift has eight Dumbwaiter modeles to choose from lifting up to 500 pounds.  

My Father John Reite started building Dumbwaiters back in 1972 when he was the owner

of a garage door company "Santa Cruz Overhead Doors".  During this period of time his

elderly Aunt fell carrying some groceries upstairs, taking her life. He thought to himself,

if she had installed a Dumbwaiter in her home this tragedy may have been avoided.


At the time Dumbwaiters were very expensive and difficult to install. His solution was

genius in its simplicity. He took a basic Garage Door Opener, standing it up vertical

and fastening it to a wooden frame for his 1st. Dumbwaiter.  Over the next several

years, he designed a simpler and more affordable model for homeowners and

businesses, that a person with some basic mechanical skills could install.


Although my father is no longer with us, his vision of an affordable, EZ to install Dumbwaiter

lives on at Powerlift Dumbwaiter Corp.  Today my brothers David and Larry Reite run the company and produce a state of the art line of Dumbwaiters and Mezzanine Lifts that

comply with all ASME 17.1 safety codes and come standard with UL Certified Elevator

Controller, powder coated steel rail assembly, door locks, safety switches

and adjustable limit switches.


Installation, Service and Repair are provided by a team of Experienced Independent

Service Technicians like Reite Construction, with over 30 years of experience in the

construction industry.  We are an Authorized Distributor for Powerlift Dumbwaiters

and Mezzanine Lifts with Factory Direct Pricing!


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Hello! My name is Gil Reite, the owner of Reite Construction,

a General Building Contractor with over 30 years of experience

in Residential & Commercial Construction. Over the last 20 years,

I have been Installing and Servicing Dumbwaiters built by my Father's

company, "Powerlift Dumbwaiter Corp."as an Independent Contractor.