M. B. Toler, along with a group of experienced and enterprising young men, founded Southern Elevator in 1949. The company has its headquarters and plant in Greensboro with another office and warehouse in Charlotte. The company employs sixty men and women and builds approximately one hundred elevators a year. Elevators are built to suit the customer's specifications. Southern has built elevators twenty-feet by twenty-five feet with a capacity of forty thousand pounds.