The Ellies Awards 2021
ELEVATOR WORLD presents the winning companies of the fourth annual competition for excellence in the North American elevator industry.
As the world and the vertical-transportation industry strives to get back to normal — or at least a “new normal” — during the pandemic, our fourth-annual Ellies Awards program generated as much excitement as ever. For the first time this year, ELEVATOR WORLD President T. Bruce MacKinnon hosted a live winners announcement ceremony over Zoom in September. Although brief and indicative of the new world in which we live, the event was packed with tension and joy as 125 participants watched and waited to hear whether MacKinnon announced them as the winner or runner-up. There is no doubt that cheers and sighs could be heard in offices throughout North America. Meanwhile, the National Association of Elevator Contractors 2021 (live-and-in-person) Convention & Exposition was approaching at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center in New Orleans in early October. EW attended, bringing our Ellies photo backdrop. Roughly half of the winners stopped by our booth to pick up their award and have their pictures taken. Masks and convention center “mask police” aside, it was certainly a pleasure to see and congratulate them.
Nominated by and voted on by the industry, the Ellies Awards appear to be here to stay. The first year — 2018 — saw more than 12,000 votes, and the contest’s popularity and competitiveness have only increased since with nearly triple the number — 34,000 — in 2019 and a comparable number this year. Nomination forms ranged from only a few words: “They’re the best!” to detailed testimonials about customer service, commitment to safety, large selections and top technology at competitive prices. Great leadership, big dreams and treating staff as family were also mentioned. One nominator, a customer, explained that, while many companies he contacted for his project said his request was “impossible,” the company he nominated met the challenge and delivered. Another nominator pointed out how his nominee consistently provided friendly, fast service — particularly important for the nominator, since many of his customers are nursing homes with residents “who cannot wait.”
A hearty congratulations to all this year’s winners and runners up!
Best Supplier (Ropes)
Headquarters: Rocky Mount, North Carolina
Headquarters: Toledo, Ohio
Best Supplier (Safety Products)
Runner-Up: Quad City Safety, Inc.
Headquarters: Davenport, Iowa
DTM Drafting & Consulting Services
Best Inspection Company
Runner-Up: Liberty Elevator Experts
Headquarters: Newark, Delaware
Best Supplier (Parts)
Headquarters: Mexico City
Runner-Up: KONE Spares
Headquarters: Moline, Illinois
Best Supplier (Cabs/Doors/Interior Finishes)
Headquarters: Middletown, Indiana
Runner-Up: Wittur (USA)
Headquarters: Twinsburg, Ohio
Franz by relayr
Best Supplier (Software)
Runner-Up: Expert Service Solutions
Headquarters: Huntington, Connecticut
Hill Hiker, Inc.
Best Special Application/Accessibility Company
Headquarters: Orono, Minnesota
Runner-Up: Savaria Concord Lifts (Ontario)
Headquarters: Brampton, Ontario
Runner-Up: DTM Drafting & Consulting Services
Liberty Elevator Corporation
Best Family-Owned Business
Headquarters: Paterson, New Jersey
Runner-Up: Champion Elevator Corp.
MAD Elevator, Inc.
Best Supplier (Other)
Headquarters: Mississauga, Ontario
Runner-Up: New York Information Systems (Elevatorkeys.com)
Headquarters: NYC Metropolitan Area
Best Contractor (North)
Headquarters: St. Louis
Runner-Up: Colley Elevator
Headquarters: Bensenville, Illinois
Motion Control Engineering (MCE)
Best Supplier (Controllers)
Headquarters: Rancho Cordova, California
Best Supplier (Complete Systems)
Headquarters: Farmington, Connecticut
Runner-Up: Elevadores Alamex
Headquarters: Mexico City
Best Contractor — Canada
Headquarters: Richmond, British Columbia
Runner-Up: Stampede Elevator, Inc.
Headquarters: Calgary, Alberta
Best Contractor — South
Runner-Up: Madden Elevator
Headquarters: Louisville, Kentucky
Best Contractor — West
Headquarters: Fort Worth, Texas
Runner-Up: Star Elevator
Headquarters: San Francisco
Standard Elevator Systems
Best Supplier (Motors/Drives)
Headquarters: Memphis, Tennessee
Runner-Up: Hollister-Whitney — A Vantage Company
Headquarters: Quincy, Illinois
Best Contractor — East
Runner-Up: Nouveau Elevator
Best Minority/Women and Veteran-Owned
Headquarters: Addison, Illinois
Runner-Up: Collins Elevator Service, Inc.
Headquarters: Washington, D.C.