About Us

About Maxton


Maxton Manufacturing Company has been a leading manufacturer of hydraulic elevator control valves since 1968. We are pioneers in lightweight aluminum valves – aircraft-quality cast, machined with CNC precision, specifically for the elevator industry. From our national headquarters in Minden, Nevada, southeast of Reno and Lake Tahoe, Maxton Manufacturing serves customers throughout North America, including Canada and Mexico, as well as Asia, the South Pacific and the Middle East.


Maxton is ISO 9001:2008 certified and all main line products are CSAB44 and UL listed.

ISO 9001, RvA, SAB44

Industry Leader

The combination of our state-of-the-art equipment and facilities, together with our reputation for responsiveness and reliability, has given us the distinction of being the largest single producer of elevator control valves, with Maxton holding over 80% of the available North American market and growing. As the primary leader in the industry, we constantly monitor the trends in this ever-changing industry. By utilizing available technology, in conjunction with the expertise of a well-developed research and development team and experienced production personnel, we manufacture a product that is engineered for dependability and a long, trouble-free service life.


Maxton Manufacturing Company dates back to 1949, when William M. Shrum Jr. established a small independent elevator company, on which Maxton was founded. This company grew and played a major role in promoting and developing hydraulic lift technology. In the first twenty years following the company’s founding, unique engineering and development of various lift designs generated a demand for a superior hydraulic control valve. Maxton responded to this need by creating a new design integrating multiple valve technology, setting a new standard in control performance stability. A multi-generational business, the CEO of the company today is William M. Shrum III, who continues the company’s pursuit of excellence.

Maxton facilityTesting

As a significant part of Maxton’s efforts to support our commitment to quality, we have researched and developed a computerized product test facility. Each valve must meet exact criteria of testing before being sold. Inspection and testing of each valve at every stage of preparation insures the production of safe and reliable hydraulic system components. Maxton offers a two (2) year warranty on control and safety valves.


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  • Minden, NV 89423-4114
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