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Elevator World Editor and Publisher

Let’s Talk About the Future

Let’s Talk About the Future

By Ricia Sturgeon-Hendrick | April 1, 2021
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I’ve read several editorials recently that predict the U.S. economy is heading toward a boom later in 2021 due to fast rollout of vaccines and infusions of cash from the federal government. That certainly sounds promising, but the small print reveals a downside: some jobs lost in the pandemic are never coming back. Why? Part…

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Chicagoland Moves On

By Ricia Sturgeon-Hendrick | March 1, 2021
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As I write this column in early February, Chicago and most of the Midwest is buried in snow as the first of three massive storms rolls across the plains and on to the Northeast. But Chicagoans are hardy; a little snow doesn’t stop A global pandemic, however, certainly tried to slow them down. They had…

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The Human Touch

By Ricia Sturgeon-Hendrick | February 1, 2021
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  A baby who is not picked up and held will fail to thrive. Humans need the touch of other humans to succeed as happy, rational people. Never has that been more apparent than now. After a year of “air hugs,” elbow bumps and working remotely where the virus has kept us apart, as a…

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2021, Finally!

By Ricia Sturgeon-Hendrick | January 1, 2021
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The year 2020 was one we will never forget — wildfires, hurricanes, politics and a plague. Here on the cusp of 2021 (at the time of this writing), we are so hopeful. This is the year we have been waiting for! The year we get well, travel again, eat somewhere besides home and Will it…

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The Good, the Bad and the Reality

By Ricia Sturgeon-Hendrick | December 1, 2020
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“Reality is that which, when you stop believing in it, doesn’t go away.”— Philip K. Dick I’m a pretty upbeat person, but I’m unable to will COVID-19 away. ELEVATOR WORLD India Consulting Editor Vijay Pandya echoed my worst thoughts when he wrote, “The virus is like an unexpected, undesirable houseguest who has overstayed their welcome…

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The Great Middle

By Ricia Sturgeon-Hendrick | March 1, 2019
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Why don’t you just meet me in the middle?” chants a song by Zedd, Maren Morris, Grey, encouraging us to do just that as ELEVATOR WORLD celebrates America’s Midwest. Bounded by east and west coasts on the sides and stretching from Canada to Texas in the middle, the American heartland is “Cautiously Optimistic” according to…

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Education and Safety: A Necessary Combination

By Ricia Sturgeon-Hendrick | February 1, 2019
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Education is the heartbeat of our industry. We have more training opportunities than most other trades – including two four-year programs and massive amounts of continuing education available to both union and merit shop companies. This issue introduces a new level with the Elevator Learning Center (ELC). First Class by Kaija Wilkinson reports on the…

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The Best Projects of the Year

By Ricia Sturgeon-Hendrick | January 1, 2019
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Before we go leaping into the year ahead, we pause for a celebration of the winners of the Project of the Year. We had more entries than ever before, which proves what we all knew — everybody is really busy out there! Judging was difficult, as there were only top-level entries in every category. The…

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Safety and Traffic in the New World

By Ricia Sturgeon-Hendrick | November 1, 2018
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Our cover article this month is Harmonized Elevator Dispatching and Passenger Interfaces by Rick Barker. It features a system of destination dispatching developed by Barker Mohandas, LLC being offered to the industry without restriction. The system builds on the work of Schindler’s Joris Schroder on Miconic 10, but it offers passengers freedom to communicate with…

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Delaware Elevator and the NAEC Education Committee Meeting

By Ricia Sturgeon-Hendrick | November 1, 2018
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Your author tours Delaware Elevator, visits a restored distillery and gets to know Salisbury, Maryland. Two months ago, David Smarte called about a National Association of Elevator Contractors (NAEC) Education Committee meeting in Salisbury, Maryland, at Delaware Elevator, Inc., where he works as safety manager. All I knew about Salisbury was Delta couldn’t take me…

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