Whether square, slanted, round, or transparent, whether for food service, freight, cars, or beds – the repertoire of Ascenseurs Menétrey SA knows no bounds, just as its customers require. “Every elevator made in our production facility meets a specific customer need and starts from scratch,” says Managing Director Gil Menétrey.
The elevator manufacturer in Romont (Canton of Fribourg) is an impressive example of the idea that even long-established companies can employ innovation successfully. In the case of Ascenseurs Menétrey SA, this is because of the special manufacturing technology developed by company founder Léon Menétrey, which allows the company to meet a wide variety of customer requests. In short, the company has wide-ranging technical expertise that makes it possible to offer made-to-measure products.
The principle of swarm intelligence is followed at Ascenseurs Menétrey SA not only in the form of collaborations with universities in Western Switzerland, but also in the company’s daily work. “My office door is always open, and I am involved in the operational side of business as much as possible,” says Gil Menétrey, summarizing his philosophy. Since taking over as the head of the company in 2015 at age 32, he has attempted to flatten the hierarchy and in doing so to promote a collective dialog.
As there is no formal education in elevator manu-facturing, Ascenseurs Menétrey SA relies on long-standing and experienced employees in order to hold its own on the market. For this reason, regular training and progressive working conditions are important at the elevator manufacturer. As a positive consequence, the company has repeatedly been listed as one of the best employers in Western Switzerland in recent years by Bilan business magazine.