Since the beginning of our family-owned company’s foundation we have hired and trained the most experienced field operators, designers and craftsmen. Our process is one that requires ex-treme attention to detail and meticulous fabricating techniques using state of the art precision tooling, equipment and technology. Collaborating with architects, consultants, elevator companies, general contractors, property managers and building owners. Draper can transform early concepts into spectacularly executed realities. Be it new construction or the modification of an existing bank of elevators, our products are comprised of the finest, most in-novative, high quality materials available. When combined with our expertise and abilities, the result is an end product that delivers a lasting first impression, whether it’s a high-rise, Class ‘A’ building with 20+ elevators or a property with only one car that serves as both a passenger and freight; the specifications may be different but the expectation remains the same.
Women Business Enterprise
Led by President Diane Giblin, Draper Elevator Interiors is a certified Women Business Enterprise (WBE). Draper also has a Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) certification. Please reach out for certifications or with any questions regarding partnership on future projects that include minority participation goals.
In 1995, while living on Draper Ave in Mansfield, MA owners John and Diane Giblin launched Draper Metal Fabrication. Naming the company after the street they lived on when the company was started. At the time their small manufacturing shop was located on Damrell Street in South Boston. Draper started by making mostly elevator parts and other miscellaneous metal fabrication products typical of most job shops. Soon thereafter, Draper Elevator Interiors was born to meet the growing demand of custom elevator cab interiors.
After growing out of their space in Southie, Draper made a stop in Dorchester for four years before calling Holbrook, MA their new home in 2001. Draper continues to operate out of their 20,000+ square foot manufacturing facility at 260 Centre Street Holbrook. Draper opened its doors with a brand new showroom and conference design center welcoming architects, designers and end users of all types to visit and use. With the goal of helping to educate, inspire and collaborate on design ideas & material selections.
Quality products delivered on time. Aim to lead the industry in trust, craftsmanship and reliability for both our customers and our employees. Always innovate and do our best work for our partners.
Our Core Values
Our values reflect those of the company’s founders John and Diane who started the business together as a family and grew the company on their reputation of quality and honesty. We believe in using business as a force for good to our employees, their families and to our community.
Be easy and enjoyable to work with. Promote an organizational culture that retains talent and supports constant improvement. Offer customers a workforce that is highly skilled and experienced. Communicate well as a team and to our partners. Stay on the cutting edge of technological advancements and trends within the architectural design and construction industries.
Diane Giblin CEO of Draper Metal Fabrication & Draper Elevator Interiors.
Prior to becoming CEO she attended Dean College in the late 70’s. After moving to NH with her husband John she was employed at the Seabrook Nuclear Power Plant, “Seabrook Station” as administrator to four architects during construction phase.
She occupied positions as a metal fabricator for Donnelly Manufacturing in Exeter NH and Analog Devices in Westwood MA.
In 1995 she and her husband co-founded Draper Metal Fabrication & Draper Elevator Interiors. Diane took on the challenge while raising three sons. She is actively involved in financial decisions and all other aspects of the companies.
She is WBE and DBE certified with the state of Massachusetts and is a member of The National Federation of Independent Businesses where she serves on its MA Leadership Council.
Diane sings professionally with interests in Interior Decorating & Landscape design.
In 1995, John and his wife Diane founded Draper Metal Fabrication & Draper Elevator Interiors.
Prior to starting the business he was a metal fabricator working for B.Feneno Sheet Metal Co. in Dorchester, MA where he was employed for 18 years. Along the way he met the owners of Upright Elevator, a start-up elevator company in South Boston. He began fabricating elevator parts and components for them on nights and weekends. Soon thereafter, he became a member of the IUEC Local 4 as an elevator constructor while keeping his part-time fabricating duties. Here he gained the knowledge of the components needed for the construction and maintenance of elevators. After years of working multiple jobs John had built a strong and loyal customer base of his own. The elevator company he had been working for separated and he used this opportunity to purchase their equipment and begin the journey of starting a business of his own.
John is known and relied upon throughout the industry for his profound knowledge of both metal fabrication and elevator installations. His experience and oversight is the driving force behind Draper’s reputation, one that has been built on quality craftsmanship, trust and reliability.
John graduated from Blue Hills Regional Technical Vocational High School as the first class to complete the newly formed four year program. Currently he oversee the company’s operations and is mentoring his son Jared has the business moves into its second generation.
After growing up in and around the business Jared “officially” began working for Draper in 2009. As part owner he is leading the family business into its second generation. An active member of IUEC Local 4 Union of Elevator Constructors, Jared has dedicated his career to having hands on, in-depth experience regarding every aspect of a project’s life cycle from surveying and estimating to design, fabrication and installation. His main areas of focus are sales, strategic planning and client relationships.
Jared graduated from Endicott College in 2008 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Communications. While at Endicott he played all four years on the Football team and demonstrated his strong leadership abilities being voted onto the leadership council each season and selected as team captain in his senior year.
Please contact Jared to request a quote, design consultation or site survey!
Doug has close to 30 years of experience in the metal fabricating industry. In 1993, he began his career in the field as a CNC machinist and over the years has progressed to CAD/CAM programming, architectural detailing, engineering and project managing.
He has completed studies in a range of courses from technical mathematics at Northern University to studying management information systems at Worcester Poly Tech. He is practiced at Solid Works and AutoCAD.
Doug joined Draper Elevator Interiors in 2014 as an engineer and has since advanced to General Manager, which includes business development, overseeing operations and personnel. He encourages an open work environment for communications and innovations with hopes that the staff will flourish and enjoy their time at Draper.
Outside of Draper, Doug enjoys playing guitar with a Boston based band, recording / producing music for other bands and spending time with his family. In 1993, he obtained his pilot’s license and enjoys flying whenever possible.
Izzy is Draper’s longest tenured employee, beginning his career in 2000 as a CO-OP student at Madison Park Technical Vocational High School where he would spend one week in the classroom and one week in the shop. Upon graduating Izzy started his full time career with Draper as a fabricator. Quickly, he demonstrated a strong work ethic and eagerness to learn. As true craftsman Izzy constantly found ways to better himself and learn about various materials, products and solutions. It is extremely rare for someone of his age to have over 20 years of hands on fabricating experience. To make best use of his vast knowledge of all the details and challenges of our industry Izzy moved from the shop floor to the engineering department in 2016. Now Izzy serves as the engineering manager where he over sees CAD submittals and shop drawings. His talents are often used to draft design solutions for some of the most challenging projects.
Al is the shop foreman at Draper Elevator Interiors where he over sees the shop operations and directs the scheduling and supplying of materials to the installation crews. He has been with Draper for over 10 years, starting as a metal fabricator and welder. Known for being a “go-to guy” for several years Al now mentors younger fabricators. His fabrication experience and knowledge of the facility and equipment make him a key part of the Draper Team on a daily basis.
Teresa Johnson is currently the Office Administrator for Draper Elevator Interiors and has been with the company for five years. She received an Associate’s Degree in accounting from Northeastern University and also holds a certificate in Medical Coding. Previously she worked for McDonald’s Corporation as a staff accountant for company owned restaurants. She is the mother of two daughters and in her spare time enjoys kayaking, hiking and gardening.
Jamie Tripp joined Draper Elevator Interiors as Sales Director in 2021. Recognized as a top performer in elevator interior and architectural industry Jamie has brought over a wealth of knowledge and experience along with him. He spent the prior 15 years working for both local and multinational elevator cab suppliers. Jamie’s specializes and enjoys
collaborating with architects and design firms on projects requiring detailing and specifications. His work can be seen in some of the most prominent buildings in New England region. His strong foundation in technical sales and materials knowledge effectively bridge the gap between the specification and manufacturing of elevator interiors.
Jamie is an active in the Ashland youth sports programs and an avid outdoorsman. When he’s not working on elevator specifications he can be found on his bike hitting the trails.
Lauren joined the Draper team in 2022, bringing with her 15 years of experience in the elevator industry and a commitment to excellence in customer support. She began her career as a Co-Op for a major elevator company while attending Central Connecticut State University and has held positions of increasing responsibility, from customer service, parts ordering, event coordination, and has been a project manager in the Greater Boston area since 2015.
Having worked on several major projects during her time at two different OEM’s, Lauren applies that experience to keep Draper’s projects running smoothly and on time. Lauren is a Connecticut resident and will be splitting her time between CT and Boston to help Draper’s operation in both states.