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Kaija Wilkinson

Elevator World Associate Editor

A-Cleaner-Future

“A Cleaner Future”

By Kaija Wilkinson | July 1, 2020
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SnapCab’s R&D kicks into high gear. by Kaija Wilkinson SnapCab provides pre-engineered elevator interior kits that can be installed in less than a day. Flexible designs use SnapCab’s patented interlocking paneling system, allowing elevator mechanics to follow a simple process. Building on a successful partnership with Corning® Gorilla® Glass (ELEVATOR WORLD, June 2016), Warrington, Pennsylvania-headquartered…

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An (Elevator) People Person

By Kaija Wilkinson | July 1, 2020
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Doug Witham describes his rise in the industry, shares advice and talks about retirement plans. by Kaija Wilkinson Few names in the elevator industry are as recognizable as Witham. Doug Witham had a long career in which he helped grow companies including Adams, Courion and GAL/Hollister-Whitney to remarkable success, while his wife, Teresa, was longtime…

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Challenging Tradition

By Kaija Wilkinson | July 1, 2020
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Lerch Bates executives engage in a wide-ranging discussion that spans the globe. by Kaija Wilkinson Just as COVID-19 was beginning to tighten its grip on the world, your author (KW) interviewed Bart Stephan (BS), Eric Rupe (ER) and Ken Dietz (KD), CEO, president, and area vice president — West, respectively, of Lerch Bates Inc. At…

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Going Forward

By Kaija Wilkinson | July 1, 2020
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Industry Insiders from Africa, Brazil, China, Germany, Italy, India and the U.S. share COVID-19 insights. by Kaija Wilkinson “I join the community of the positive,” Belgium-based European Lift Association (ELA) President Roberto Zappa said of his outlook near the conclusion of the more-than-2-hr “Global Elevator & Escalator Industry Perspective: Current Scenario & Recovery Plans” webinar…

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Naec 2020 Spring Educational Conference

By Kaija Wilkinson | June 1, 2020
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Strange, unprecedented virtual event is ultimately enlightening. by Kaija Wilkinson Figuratively millions of miles away from its intended location of Charleston, South Carolina, an abbreviated version of the National Association of Elevator Contractors (NAEC) 2020 Spring Educational Conference, dubbed 2020 Spring Conference REDESIGNED, took place via Zoom on April 23 from 10 a.m. to 2…

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New-Energy-New-Attitude

New Energy, New Attitude

By Kaija Wilkinson | May 1, 2020
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EESF AGM exudes optimism in Tampa. by Kaija Wilkinson Elevator Escalator Safety Foundation Executive (EESF) Director Shawn Cowden, who took on the role early this year after holding various positions with the National Association of Elevator Contractors (NAEC) for the past 13, presided over an EESF annual general meeting (AGM) characterized by optimism and positivity.…

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From Dairy Queen to Fixture King

By Kaija Wilkinson | May 1, 2020
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Innovation Industries has grown from humble beginnings to become a powerhouse provider of a range of products. by Kaija Wilkinson A former Dairy Queen on a decommissioned U.S. Air Force base in Roswell, New Mexico, was the unlikely first location of Innovation Industries, Inc. in 1972. The company was launched by four business partners who…

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Genesis Begets Revelation

By Kaija Wilkinson | May 1, 2020
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Home elevator manufacturer “building a better mousetrap” at new Atlanta facility. by Kaija Wilkinson Custom and standard home elevators began rolling off the line at Revelation Manufacturing in Atlanta in March 2019, with nearly 50 employees of Genesis Elevator Co. Inc. — from which Revelation was born — gathering for a ribbon-cutting ceremony at the…

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Smart Data Warehouse

By Kaija Wilkinson | April 1, 2020
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thyssenkrupp Elevator aims to expand Spain pilot program to the U.S., China and India. by Kaija Wilkinson In early February, thyssenkrupp Elevator inaugurated its 6,853-m2 Smart Data Technological Warehouse in the San Fernando de Henares municipality of Madrid. Connected to thyssenkrupp’s MAX predictive-maintenance solution, the warehouse has approximately 25 employees and holds up to 9,800…

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Making History in San Francisco

By Kaija Wilkinson | April 1, 2020
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BART is implementing systemwide changes, of which a new Schindler escalator systemwill be a part. by Kaija Wilkinson By early 2029, every escalator serving the four busiest BayArea Rapid Transit (BART) stations along Market Street in downtown San Francisco — Embarcadero, Montgomery, Powell and Civic Center/United Nations — is scheduled to be replaced with a…

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