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Chicago — An Illustrious History

By Ricia Sturgeon-Hendrick | August 1, 2016

More elevator-industry history has been written in the Chicago environs than in any other place in North America. We focus this month on America’s second city with a special section. My father called it the “Crown Jewel of Elevatoring.” Because of the great fire of 1871, more than 30% of the buildings in Chicago were…

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Around the World and Back Again

By Ricia Sturgeon-Hendrick | July 1, 2016

Usually, my editorial takes the industry pulse, then “sells” the magazine to our readers. While working on this issue, however, we held an extraordinary meeting with our company officers, board of directors (which includes two representatives from Europe) and our international partners in China, Latin America, India and Turkey. All had the opportunity to interact…

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Pretty Is . . .

By Elevator World | June 1, 2016

“It is man’s desire to function in beautiful, artistic, uplifting spaces.” — L. J. Blaiotta My mother used to tell me, “Pretty is as pretty does,” which made me straighten up my act quickly. This certainly applies to modern elevators. In this issue, we focus on the way the elevator looks. It would be easy…

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Construction Boom Versus Labor Bubble

By Ricia Sturgeon-Hendrick | May 1, 2016

Our cover this month has a certain “wow factor.” The Jeddah Tower is just in the initial stages of construction and won’t be completed until 2018. But, when it is, according to vertical-transportation equipment designer for the project and author of this article James W. Fortune, the tallest building in the world will have “the…

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Training – The Long Road

By Elevator World | April 1, 2016

I read recently in Engineering News Record that safety is often handled with “a microwave mentality when it is really a crock-pot problem.” In other words – it takes time to do it right. Education in our industry is the same sort of problem. It takes time to train people the right way. Unfortunately, we…

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The Spice of Life

By Elevator World | March 1, 2016

If indeed, variety is the spice of life, we have a very flavorful issue for you this month. Our focus and special section centers on Turkey, where we have just completed our first year in business as the magazine ELEVATOR WORLD Turkey. We have a great staff there and are anxious to share a small…

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Modernization: A New Cycle

Modernization: A New Cycle

By Ricia Sturgeon-Hendrick | February 1, 2016

“Does the lift system require a transplant, brain surgery or a facelift?” — Roger Howkins, author of Lift Modernization Guide Modernization used to be an “every 20-years cycle,” but that has changed dramatically in the past couple of decades. Elevators have always been “built to last.” Indeed, often they outlive the buildings they serve. Building…

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Projects Dominate

By Ricia Sturgeon-Hendrick | January 1, 2016

The winners of our nine categories of the 2016 ELEVATOR WORLD Project of the Year contest literally span the globe – from North America to Europe, from Wales to Hong Kong and on to the Middle East. Every year in August, we anticipate the submissions’ arrivals as they come flying into the office in every…

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Remote Is Good

By Ricia Sturgeon-Hendrick | December 1, 2015

While society worries that our use of cell phones and other handheld digital devices is dehumanizing and making us ever more remote from one another, this month’s issue finds that in the elevator industry, “remote” is bringing us closer to our customers and equipment. We got a HUGE (shades of Donald Trump) response to the…

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Safety Awareness That Counts

By Elevator World | November 1, 2015

As we write this month, several members of our staff have just returned from the National Association of Elevator Contractors Convention and Exhibition in Boston and are getting ready to go to Augsburg, Germany, for the Interlift expo. With just a week in between, many suppliers in the industry are scurrying to be present at…

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