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Kaija Wilkinson

Elevator World Associate Editor

Up-and-Over

Up and Over

By Kaija Wilkinson | March 1, 2014
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Pedarco’s automated pedestrian overpass aims to provide a solution in a quickly urbanizing world. Pedarco International Ltd. hopes an idea born in Italy and developed in China will result in smoother, safer travel for pedestrians crossing heavily trafficked roads and other areas in rapidly urbanizing locations worldwide. The company’s product is an automated pedestrian overpass…

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They’ll Take Manhattan

By Kaija Wilkinson | February 1, 2014
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DTM embraces past, future with fearlessness. Embarking on their third decade in business, the principals of DTM Inc., of College Point, New York, said relationship building and customized service are keys to helping their elevator-consulting business grow and thrive. Just as the world, nation and New York City (NYC) have withstood hardship and repeatedly found…

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Rising to the Challenge

By Kaija Wilkinson | February 1, 2014
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ThyssenKrupp Elevator takes its Evolution lifts farther and higher to meet the needs of Luanda, Angola, tower. The special requirements of the 31-floor, 120-m- tall Banco Espírito Santo Angola (BESA) Tower in Luanda, Angola, drove a ThyssenKrupp Elevator team to take its Evolution® machine-room-less (MRL) lifts further than they have ever gone, paving the way…

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The Right Direction: D&D Elevator

By Kaija Wilkinson | January 1, 2014
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After 30 Years, D&D Elevator is still growing, thanks to a solid foundation, strong client relationships and an emphasis on education. D&D Elevator Maintenance, Inc. President Bobby Schaeffer always says, “For the future, I want two lines out the door – one for employees who want to work for D&D and the other for customers…

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Dotty Stanlaske

By Kaija Wilkinson | December 1, 2013
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A Trailblazer for Women in the Industry When Dotty Stanlaske began her career as a construction helper for Otis in 1980, women were rare in the industry. She was hesitant about even applying for the job, since it was during a frigid Boston winter, and she didn’t relish the thought of working out in the…

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A Way Out: Escape Rescue Systems Are Like Lifeboats in the Sky

By Kaija Wilkinson | November 1, 2013
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Images of people jumping from the burning World Trade Center Twin Towers in New York City on 9/11 haunted Escape Rescue Systems Inc. CEO Jonathan “Yoni” Shimshoni and his friends. None had engineering or fire-safety backgrounds, but all knew there had to be a better way. So, several years after the tragic events in 2001,…

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North America and Mexico

By Kaija Wilkinson | October 1, 2013
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A modest upswing in tall-building construction is giving the North American elevator industry a sense of optimism. Meanwhile, south of the border, Mexico is gaining a reputation as a viable place to build “up,” as its sometimes violent and corrupt history is being overshadowed by a quickly growing gross domestic product (GDP), burgeoning middle class…

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After 51 Years Running the Family Business, Marvin Schumacher is “Still Evolving”

By Kaija Wilkinson | October 1, 2013
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Family, faith, hard work, innovation and industriousness have always been cornerstones of Schumacher Elevator Co. William Schumacher and his sons, Elmer and Earl, founded Schumacher’s Machine Shop in 1936 in Denver, Iowa (population 1,700), as a farm-equipment repair specialist, designing their first lift for a chicken hatchery and later building lifts for funeral homes. The…

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Schindler Has High Hopes for New Solar Elevator

By Kaija Wilkinson | September 1, 2013
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Schindler officials hope that a solar-powered elevator inspired by the much-ballyhooed, zero-fuel Solar Impulse plane on which it is a partner (ELEVATOR WORLD, September 2011) will become popular among customers who want to be environmentally conscious or avoid unreliable power service. The company unveiled its Solar Elevator, a modification of its standard 3300 gearless machine-room-less…

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