World Elevator Day: Otis Shares Fun Facts
Dogs, cats, martinis, chocolate ice cream and, of course, elevators! In honor of World (not National) Elevator Day, our friends at Otis shared a few interesting facts:
On March 23, 1857, passengers took the first rides in an Otis elevator at the E.V. Haughwout Department Store in NYC.
Otis moves more than 2 billion people each day — a quarter of the world’s population!
The invention of the elevator made taller buildings and modern cities possible.
The Otis Gen2® elevator revolutionized the industry by replacing steel ropes with flat belts — a huge energy-saving move, too, and still used today.
Smart/connected elevators are next. Today, passengers can remotely call an elevator and mechanics can see, and in some cases even fix, issues before anyone notices a problem.
Most new Otis elevators in North America are manufactured in Florence, South Carolina. The factory — celebrating 10 years this year — is also the first in the industry to be TRUE-certified, recognizing its success in Zero Waste to Landfill policies.
Check out Otis’ piece here.
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