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Ralph M. Newman

Ralph M. Newman, a freelance writer with extensive experience in the elevator industry, has written for ELEVATOR WORLD over the years. Newman is a partner in Dott Communications, an internet development company and advertising agency with several clients in the field.

Elevator Safety Training Hits the Road

Elevator Safety Training Hits the Road

By Ralph M. Newman | September 1, 2021
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Bringing instruction directly to the jobsite. Elevator service technicians are trained on-location.

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The Evolution of Elevator Cab Design

By Ralph M. Newman | August 1, 2014

Columbia Elevator’s system and how its president sees the quickly changing cab market “In Europe, elevator cabs are simply a mode of transportation. In the U.S., they’re an art form,” says Grace Y. Greco, cab sales specialist at Columbia Elevator Products, headquartered in Bridgeport, Connecticut. According to Greco: “Domestically, we’re tending more and more to…

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Elevator Door Operators: Then and Now

By Ralph M. Newman | May 1, 2014
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Attendants of yesteryear have given way to high-tech, automated solutions. People of a certain age may remember when automobiles were started not electronically but manually, by turning a hand crank, or when telephone calls, rather than dialed, were routed through human operators, or when elevators were operated by a trained attendant. Elevator operators, usually in…

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Safety Has Been a Driving Force for Columbia Elevator from the Beginning

By Ralph M. Newman | November 1, 2013
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As our country wound down from World War II, the recently immigrated Blaiotta family suffered its own tragedy when its patriarch died in a 10-story fall while repairing a construction hoist in New York City (NYC). And so, when the patriarch’s orphaned son went on to forge a multigenerational involvement with the elevator industry, it…

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Columbia Elevator Sees Increasing Cab and Entrance Production

By Ralph M. Newman | July 1, 2013
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Demand for elevator cabs and entrances is on the rise, both for new equipment and modernization, according to Louis “L.J.” Blaiotta, Jr., president of Columbia Elevator. “In recent years, the trend among building owners has been to freshen their lobbies and elevators, while putting off more extensive renovations until hopefully better times,” Blaiotta said.  “Now,…

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