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Kaija Wilkinson

Elevator World Associate Editor

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

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

“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

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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Dreamweaver

Dreamweaver

By Kaija Wilkinson | February 1, 2019
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Inspired by nature, Gaudí designed a one-of-a-kind elevator for a one-of-a-kind house. Nestled on a street known as Apple of Discord in Barcelona, Spain, Casa Batlló is a house borne of romance and imagination. It was designed by Antoni Gaudí, a Catalan architect active in the early 1900s who arguably shares more with the folk…

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Elevator Installation Robot Among “Award of Excellence” Winners

By Kaija Wilkinson | February 1, 2019
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Schindler’s Robotics Installation System for Elevators (R.I.S.E), part of a robotics research collaboration with the Council on Tall buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH) (ELEVATOR WORLD, December 2018), is among CTBUH’s 2019 Award of Excellence winners. Including tall buildings, urban contributions, technologies and innovations, the winners now move on to compete in front of a live…

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More-Than-Math

More Than Math

By Kaija Wilkinson | December 1, 2018
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In this Industry Dialogue, Dr. Bruce Powell provides insight about himself, his illustrious career and the state of the VT industry today. Dr. Bruce Powell is a math nerd, sure, but with the clever, subtle-yet-blunt sense of humor of a right- brained comedian. He began his distinguished career at Westinghouse’s R&D center in the 1960s,…

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Raising the Bar

By Kaija Wilkinson | November 1, 2018
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In this Industry Dialogue, ATIS Field Operations Director Charlie Slater discusses the state of the elevator-inspection industry. Growing up in Tampa, Charlie Slater envisioned himself becoming an astrophysicist. The son of an elevator-industry man who ran installation, service, panel-shop and, finally, inspection company A-1, Slater came into the business at a very young age, working…

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