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Elevator World December 2020 Ricia Sturgeon Hendrick

Finding Beauty Where We Work

By Ricia Sturgeon-Hendrick | November 1, 2020

Our annual photo contest never ceases to amaze me with the beauty and creativity at work in the elevator industry. It’s not just that we build beautiful objects; we see the beauty all around us and relish it. We had more entries this year than ever, and the winners came from Taipei, San Francisco, the…

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Let’s Hear It for the Doors

By Ricia Sturgeon-Hendrick | October 1, 2020

by Ricia Sturgeon-Hendrick The elevator industry was very lucky to be considered “essential” throughout regulations related to the COVID-19 pandemic, so maintenance continued, while construction stalled. An industry survey conducted by Elevator World, Inc; VFA Interlift; and AFAG, in association with Credit Suisse, produced interesting results. COVID-19 Impact/Outlook by Kaija Wilkinson gives an excellent view…

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Virtual Is the New Normal

By Ricia Sturgeon-Hendrick | September 1, 2020

by Ricia Sturgeon-Hendrick This should be called “the summer of our discontent.” You’ve heard the quote, “Men plan, and God laughs.” That seems to describe the last four months — our plans are in constant revision. We have plenty to talk about in this issue, but it is not exactly what we first intended discussing.…

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Neighbor to the North Is Booming

By Ricia Sturgeon-Hendrick | August 1, 2020

by Ricia Sturgeon-Hendrick Years ago, I heard a comedian at a Canadian Elevator Contractors Association (CECA) convention say that one of the differences between Canadians and Americans is, when you ask how they are doing, the American will say, “Great,” and the Canadian will say, “Could be worse.” Now I understand — they are looking…

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Cleaning Up in the Aftermath

By Ricia Sturgeon-Hendrick | July 1, 2020

By Ricia Sturgeon-Hendrick By the time you read this, most of us will be out of quarantine and observing a new world where everything seems a little more dangerous — dangerous to breathe and dangerous to touch. This spring, world economies fell off a cliff, the earth and oceans got a needed break from warming,…

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On Being Essential

By Ricia Sturgeon-Hendrick | June 1, 2020

by Ricia Sturgeon-Hendrick We are halfway through a year that has been dominated by a strange virus that has forced the whole world to shelter in place for months. When January dawned at ELEVATOR WORLD, we were looking for glimpses of the future with our 2020 Vision replay. Little did we know the near future…

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Elevatoring in the Time of Coronavirus

By Ricia Sturgeon-Hendrick | May 1, 2020

by Ricia Sturgeon-Hendrick In early January, we decided to have the Elevator World, Inc. Annual General Meeting virtually. It wasn’t because we had to, but because our CEO wanted to try out some new technology. The camera was fun to set up, and we instantly found it was great for having conferences with editors of…

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A Failure to Communicate

By Ricia Sturgeon-Hendrick | April 1, 2020

by Ricia Sturgeon-Hendrick About 20 years ago, I was briefly stuck in an elevator in China, alone, in the dark. It was frightening, even to an elevator person. I found the emergency button and pushed it, trying to remain calm. That quickly left me when only a few Chinese words came through. I could not…

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Spiral Spectacular

By Ricia Sturgeon-Hendrick | February 1, 2020

by Ricia Sturgeon-Hendrick My mother always advised, “Don’t make a spectacle of yourself.” But, somehow, spiral escalators just can’t help themselves. They are awe inspiring. Our cover this month is Mitsubishi Electric’s spirals in the new five-story Starbucks in Chicago. In “A Spectacular Ride,” the spiral escalators are the first in the U.S. Midwest, and…

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The Future Is Upon Us!

By Ricia Sturgeon-Hendrick | January 1, 2020

by Ricia Sturgeon-Hendrick Twenty-five years ago, my father had a vision. He called it “seeing into the future with 2020 Vision.” He invited many of the great visionaries in our industry to predict what the vertical-transportation industry might look like in the year 2020. That year came upon us suddenly. In the article 2020 Vision:…

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