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Kaija Wilkinson

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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

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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One Wall Street

One Wall Street

By Kaija Wilkinson | March 1, 2020
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The complexity of NYC’s largest-ever office-to- condo conversion extends to its elevator system. Five percent complete. That may not sound like a lot, but when one considers the complexity involved in the US$1.5-billion office-to-condo conversion of One Wall Street — the largest such project in NYC real estate history — it certainly is. KONE Project…

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A Long Time Coming

By Kaija Wilkinson | March 1, 2020
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The Elevator Safety Act will mean changes for the industry but, ideally, yield a safer elevator world. By Kaija Wilkinson After eight years of negotiation and a mind-boggling number of iterations (five from December 2019-January 2020, for example), New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo approved the Elevator Safety Act (New York State Assembly Bill S7306) on…

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Big Apple Business Boom

By Kaija Wilkinson | March 1, 2020
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Across the boroughs, NYC continues to redefine itself with record-breaking development, and there is more than enough VT work to go around. by Kaija Wilkinson Merriam-Webster defines “boomtown” as “a town enjoying a business and population boom.” Dictionary.com, meanwhile, describes a “boom town” as a “a town that has grown very rapidly as a result…

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