A&E Lock and Key was founded in 1968 by Ronald Elsberry, a McMinnville drafting and engineering teacher. The business originally operated out of a building located on the Elsberry property.
As the company expanded during the early years, the business began taking over the property and was eventually moved to a commercial facility in McMinnville, Oregon.
In 1974 the company name was changed to A&E Safe and Alarm as the company expanded further into the security business.
Ronald Elsberry with A & E Locksmith Van
Original A & E Sign
As the company grew, Ronald Elsberry enlisted the help of his son, Michael to assist with building a new infrastructure to support the growth of the company. Michael Elsberry gave up his executive position with a Fortune 500 company and left Virginia to return to the family company in 1994.
By 1996 with Michael's experience in the corporate arena and management direction the company began growing quickly, experiencing a 30% growth increase per year. It rapidly became clear the operation had outgrown its facilities and the property on Highway 99W in McMinnville, Oregon was purchased.
Ronald and Michael Elsberry
In 1997 the name A&E Security and Electronic Solutions was added to better reflect the advances in the technology field. Under Michael's management, the company continued growing and expanding into different markets and related fields.
Just four years after the passing of founder, Ronald Elsberry the property on Highway 99W underwent an enormous transformation with an extensive two-story addition and remodel.
Today, what was started as a simple home-based business serves some of the most prestigious clients within the State of Oregon, with offices in McMinnville, Bend, and Astoria.