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A Big Yard

By Lee Freeland | December 1, 2019

Otis’ general manager of new equipment across a wide swath of Manhattan shares some of the challenges and details in Hudson Yards. by Lee Freeland When in town for the International Association of Elevator Consultants New York Region 26th Annual Fundraiser (ELEVATOR WORLD, November 2019), your author (LF) was fortunate to have the chance to…

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Orona’s Aspirations

By Kaija Wilkinson | November 1, 2019

Spain-based global player has achieved its goals and set its sights even higher. One out of every 10 lifts installed in Europe is by Orona, which exports to more than 100 countries, is present in 11 countries and has more than 5,000 employees. What was founded by a handful of cement plant workers in the…

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10 Questions With Johannes de Jong

By Victoria Pruitt | November 1, 2019

Your author (VP) spoke with Elevating Studios founder and KONE veteran (JD) about the industry and how he got started. VP: What brought you into the elevator industry, and what made you stay in it? JD: That’s actually pretty personal. What brought me to the elevator industry was my girlfriend, who is now my wife.…

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10 Questions With Andrea J. Hunt

10 Questions With Andrea J. Hunt

By Matthew Jackson | September 1, 2019

The consultant (AH) speaks with your author (MJ) about 42 years in the industry, overcoming challenges as a woman in a male-dominated field and more. MJ: Tell me about your career in the elevator industry. AH: I began my career in the elevator industry in 1979 with Otis in Cleveland after attending a job fair…

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Building a Skills Bridge to Industry 4.0

By Elevator World | January 1, 2019

Otis president offers insights into a rapidly changing labor landscape. This article on perspectives on technology developments and their implications for the vertical-transportation industry was excerpted with permission from the author’s LinkedIn blog……………………..Editor The technology revolution is radically transforming every aspect of our lives with enormous social and economic benefits. I’m often asked whether this…

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Going-Up

Going Up

By Kaija Wilkinson | September 1, 2018

Players in the Canadian VT industry talk challenges, trends. Business is good for The Peelle Co., which is headquartered just outside Toronto in Brampton, Ontario, and provides its freight elevator doors to clients throughout Canada, North America and the world. Peelle just added passenger-elevator doors to its product mix, and the company expects to sell…

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From Old Parts to Large Systems

By Lee Freeland | July 1, 2018

Rick Barker, a truly global elevator man, talks about his extensive experience in the industry. Rick Barker (RB) is a principal and cofounder of Barker Mohandas LLC, a vertical-transportation (VT) consulting firm founded in 2000. A 40-year-plus veteran of the industry, Barker has been director of Technical Services worldwide at Otis World HQ, VT department…

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First Decade Good for Gustav Wolf Suzhou

By Elevator World | October 1, 2017

New general manager lays out his roadmap to success in Chinese market. The white-walled building with green logo at 618 Fanfeng Road in Xukou, China, looks familiar to your author, who was here 10 years ago to witness the 2007 opening ceremony for Gustav Wolf Wire Rope Co. Ltd., a venture in China by German…

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Industry Dialogue: Frank Christensen

By Kaija Wilkinson | September 1, 2017

IUEC General President Frank Christensen shares his thoughts on compensation, training and transparency, as well as the current state of the union. International Union of Elevator Constructors (IUEC) General President Frank Christensen is many things: laborer, leader, athlete, teacher, student, family man and advocate for the workforce, children and the less fortunate. Christensen, a star…

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Florida-Style

Florida Style

By Kaija Wilkinson | September 1, 2017

IGV and Otis share insight about the thriving market. Florida is hot, and not just temperature–wise. It is also a bastion of construction activity, including that of tall buildings such as the luxury condominiums that continue to multiply in Miami/Ft. Lauderdale/West Palm Beach. The Miami skyline is transforming, and projects tend to share qualities such…

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