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Finding a Path

Finding a Path

By Ricia Sturgeon-Hendrick | January 5, 2022

Hope is like a path in the countryside. [At first], there is nothing — but as people walk this way again and again, a path appears. — Lu Xum My thoughts for January are on the future and how our industry is changing. However, as I write this in early December 2021, the future still…

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Supply Chains and Jugaad

Supply Chains and Jugaad

By Ricia Sturgeon-Hendrick | December 1, 2021

Global supply chain slowdowns provide uncertainty in delivery dates and pricing for any number of products and materials essential to our industry.

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The Future of Tall Buildings

The Future of Tall Buildings

By Ricia Sturgeon-Hendrick | November 1, 2021

I read recently that more high-rise buildings have been built in the past 20 years than existed before. That’s following 9/11, when everyone was afraid no one would want to work in a high-rise again! The tallest building in the world, the Burj Khalifa, was built just three years after 9/11. In the past 20…

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They Said Who?

They Said Who?

By Ricia Sturgeon-Hendrick | October 1, 2021

“What we’ve got here is failure to communicate” — Cool Hand Luke (1967) Communication can be tricky when you are conversing with a whole industry: you mustn’t be too liberal or too conservative; too independent or union-minded; and, certainly, you should balance heavy technical material with down-to-earth practicality.  Recently, we had a short survey go…

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Surveying the Industry, Plus 100 Years of Code

Surveying the Industry, Plus 100 Years of Code

By Ricia Sturgeon-Hendrick | September 1, 2021

We recently conducted a survey of the industry, mainly in the U.S. (see Taking the Pulse by Lindsay Fletcher). Nothing in it surprised me very much. We all had a similar year in 2020, and we’re all experiencing spotty recovery in 2021. The future of the industry is very bright, but right now everyone is…

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Help Wanted

Help Wanted!!!

By Ricia Sturgeon-Hendrick | August 1, 2021

There were 9.3 million job openings in the U.S. at the end of April, a record high. And if finding workers wasn’t painful enough, retaining them was even harder. More Americans quit their jobs in April than in any month on record (2.7%). Workers are demanding flexible work schedules and higher pay — and they…

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When Will We Go Back to the Office?

When Will We Go Back to the Office?

By Ricia Sturgeon-Hendrick | July 1, 2021

On average, just a quarter of workers in the 10 biggest urban areas in North America have returned to offices, according to The Week. Paul Leonard, a management consultant at CoStar, a real estate research firm, believes office visits may reach 50% by Labor Day and 80% at year’s end. He computes that 10% of…

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It’s All About the People

By Ricia Sturgeon-Hendrick | June 1, 2021

Things are stirring out there in the VT-verse. Fresh off the virus lockdowns, a new world awaits. It is a long, slow opening, like a flower bud, but no one is quite sure what it will look like.

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Getting Back to Business

By Ricia Sturgeon-Hendrick | May 1, 2021

Just prior to writing this, I sat in on a meeting of U.S and Canada industry leaders. Organized by Elevator U and led by Eddie Morris (University of Virginia), the meeting included the executive directors of all the major associations, three of whom were new in 2020: The National Association of Elevator Contractors’ Rena Cozart…

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Let’s Talk About the Future

Let’s Talk About the Future

By Ricia Sturgeon-Hendrick | April 1, 2021

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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