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Kaija Wilkinson

Elevator World Associate Editor

The-A-Team

The “A” Team

By Kaija Wilkinson | August 1, 2019
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The forecast is sunny for accessibility specialist Atlantic Elevators, serving N.C.’s Outer Banks and beyond. Atlantic Elevators customers get pretty creative with their home-elevator designs, as evidenced by a quick look at the company’s website or Facebook page. Vibrant colors characterize a cab painted with a young, lei-wearing, surfboard- riding Elvis, and a shaft is…

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Prognosis-Positive

Prognosis Positive

By Kaija Wilkinson | August 1, 2019
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Downtown revitalization, a mixed-use construction boom and infrastructure growth are among factors driving business for OEMs in the region. With thousands of employees and a presence dating back more than a century in some cases, elevator OEMs say business throughout the Southern U.S. region is strong and only expected to improve. They describe a large,…

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A Remarkable Milestone in Stockholm

By Kaija Wilkinson | July 1, 2019
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thyssenkrupp delivers largest-ever Sweden order to new mixed-use city block, Urban Escape. That Stockholm, Sweden, is the fastest-growing city in Europe —with the equivalent of a busload of new residents added each day — is evident just looking around the horizon. In the Vasastaden District near the city center, Norra Tornen is rising to 33…

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A Crowning Achievement

By Kaija Wilkinson | May 1, 2019
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ELMAS PoY win prompts a grand celebration at “Dracula’s Castle” in Romania. Champagne, bottles of wine sporting an image of S.C. ELMAS SRL’s Project of the Year (PoY) trophy and the elevator system serving Bran Castle in Bran, Romania, recreated in miniature, in the form of an elaborate cake: part of a celebration on February…

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All-About-Family

All About Family

By Kaija Wilkinson | May 1, 2019
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NAEC President Gary Schuette of Midwest Elevator is focused on building a future generation of leaders. For Gary Schuette, 2019 National Association of Elevator Contractors (NAEC) president and president of Midwest Elevator Co., Inc. in St. Louis, it’s all about family. When he’s not at work he can most often be found spending time with…

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Building-on-a-Strong-Foundation

Building on a Strong Foundation

By Kaija Wilkinson | April 1, 2019
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Optimism prevails at NAEC with a changing of the guard. For Teresa Witham, the challenges and rewards of leading the National Association of Elevator Contractors (NAEC) as executive director for the past 23 years have been intertwined. Growing programs, expanding events, mentoring staff and volunteers and interacting with other industry groups have been some of…

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Elevators for Your “Country Home”

By Kaija Wilkinson | March 1, 2019
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Missouri-based Country Home Elevator & Stairlift has found the formula for success. The Midwest has been good to Country Home Elevator & Stairlift LLC in Brighton, Missouri, only a short drive from the Ozarks. Since transitioning from a ThyssenKrupp Access location in 2000-2001, the company has built a solid niche for itself as a full-service…

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“Cautiously Optimistic”

By Kaija Wilkinson | March 1, 2019
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OEMs and independents paint a picture of the Midwest that reveals market trends that promise to drive steady growth for years to come. Chicago has three of the 10 tallest buildings in the U.S.: 875 North Michigan Avenue (formerly John Hancock Center), Aon Center and Willis Tower. These buildings are 1,128 ft. tall, built in…

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Journey Back to Dignity

By Kaija Wilkinson | March 1, 2019
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Vulcan, the world’s largest cast-iron statue in Birmingham, Alabama, has been lovingly restored to include an elevator that, for some, is the main attraction. Eight-year-old Elijah and his grandfather visit Vulcan nearly every weekend if weather permits. Overlooking the city of Birmingham, Alabama, from its perch atop Red Mountain, the world’s largest cast-iron statue representing…

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First-Class

First Class

By Kaija Wilkinson | February 1, 2019
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D&D’s Elevator Learning Center, like Yonkers itself, is one of a kind. Expect the unexpected from Yonkers. New York’s fourth-largest city with a history dating to the 1600s, Yonkers enjoyed a robust role in industry in the 1800s and 1900s. It was here the world’s first completely synthetic plastic, Bakelite, was invented, where much of…

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