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Hollister-Whitney and GAL Manufacturing Host Product Expedition

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Mark Twain riverboat

Industry consultants were welcomed to company headquarters for a demonstration of several products.

Hollister-Whitney Elevator Corp. and GAL Manufacturing Corp. hosted 30 industry consultants for a three-day event at the Hollister-Whitney headquarters in Quincy, Illinois, on May 23-25. Guests arrived to a dinner reception and cruise onboard the historic Mark Twain riverboat. The evening allowed individuals to reunite with old acquaintances and receive the latest updates directly from the owners, managers and employees of both Hollister-Whitney and GAL.

The fun-filled cruise began with opening remarks from Walter and Herb Glaser and Frank Musholt. Guests were thanked for taking the time to meet with the GAL/Hollister-Whitney family and review its factory and products. After the rejuvenating boat ride down the Mississippi River, participants retired for the evening at Stoney Creek Inn in downtown Quincy.

After breakfast on May 24, GAL and Hollister-Whitney held a demonstration and classroom seminar on several products, including the Rope Gripper™, GALaxy controls, MOVFR zone-locking device, disc brake and disc-brake switches, and the introduction of the new AC permanent-magnet (ACPM) gearless machine. After the morning’s technical seminar, the group was escorted to the Hollister-Whitney facility and test tower for a hands-on display and review of the products shown.

The highlight of the test tower tour was a review of the ride quality of the Hollister-Whitney ACPM gearless machine. This machine, in research and development by GAL and Hollister-Whitney for some time, has now come to fruition. With the industry embracing new technology, particularly ACPM machines, GAL and Hollister-Whitney’s new product will be a resource. The test-tower tour was hosted by Walt Glaser who expressed pride in the tower and the results his team has received.

The tour took guests through each phase of the manufacturing and design process of the new ACPM gearless machine. One of the advantages and benefits of this machine is the ability to do on-site bearing replacement. To date, this has been uncommon with gearless ACPM machines in the marketplace. The tour included a review of the machinery used by Hollister-Whitney in the manufacturing of all its machines, including worms, gears, bearings, sheaves, housings and various other components. In addition to the test tower, there was a review of the GALaxy controller and its many features, along with the released fixture controls by GAL that can change the color of LEDs based on client needs. The participants grew to understand the complexities of operating a large manufacturing facility and appreciated the employees’ team spirit and quality of workmanship.

The product expedition came to a close with a backyard party at Musholt’s residence. Guests were welcomed by local politicians; entertained by a jazz band, golfing and skeet shooting; and treated to delicious food and great hospitality. The evening concluded with a spectacular fireworks show, in which all participants were thankful to the GAL and Hollister-Whitney team for their hospitality and hard work.

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