Ashland Industrial Services
We are a woman-owned, Maryland-based vertical transportation company, a unique fusion of innovators across diverse disciplines—Mechanical Engineering, Economics, Computer Science, History, Psychology, and Firefighting Science, among others. In one company we traverse the entire spectrum of the elevator industry—safety training, consulting, inspections, and project management—in order to provide more informed, ethical, cost-effective, and comprehensive services to clients. Although we are based in Maryland and are passionate about our work for both the Federal Government and private sector in the Baltimore and DC region, our reach is also international. As a signatory company with the International Union of Elevator Constructors (IUEC), we tackle projects both across North America and abroad.
Ashland Industrial Services was founded in 2009. After fifteen years of building and overseeing their own successful elevator maintenance company in Baltimore, and over 30 years in the elevator construction industry generally, Debra and Shawn Clasing sold their former company and built Ashland in order to actualize a greater vision, a company deep enough to approach each elevator related project—whether an elevator installation, modernization, or inspection—holistically, shaped by the complimentary perspectives of leading engineers, mechanics, consultants, inspectors, academics, and safety experts.
An interdisciplinary fusion—Ashland’s staff members have owned companies that held multi-year, multi-million dollar contracts with federal agencies such as the Pentagon and General Services Administration; performed international vertical transportation consulting work; held teaching, research, and writing fellowships with The College of William & Mary and The University of Pennsylvania; and contributed psychological analysis to peer-reviewed journals such as The Journal of Individual Differences, among other innovative work.