ECNY Supplier Showcase Fun: Hand-Rolled Cigars and Some Very Happy Suppliers

Your author just got back from yet-another wonderful edition of the Elevator Conference of New York’s (ECNY) Supplier Showcase at the lovely Villa Barone Manor in the Bronx. Bobby “Bobby Dee” Defrancesco of Benfield Electric Supply conceived the showcase several decades ago and it’s been going strong, and getting stronger, ever since. There are well over 100 suppliers, thousands of attendees and a significant waiting list of suppliers — not only US-based, but from all over the world.

Silvain Mongrain of Mongrain Vertical Transport always hands out hand-rolled cigars at the showcase, but this year (as he has done on occasion) he offered something very special: cigars being rolled live in person by a professional. Everyone was in high spirits throughout the event, as evidenced by the below picture of the Peelle team.

A Swiftly Changing Landscape

A cool infographic by Raconteur accompanies Desjardins’ article posted on VisualCapitalist.com. You can check out a high-resolution version of the visual element through a link in the story.

In a fascinating peek into the not-so-distant future, Jeff Desjardins, writing on the website Visual Capitalist, takes a by-the-numbers look at how technology is fueling a swiftly shifting media landscape. When, and how, we get information has changed dramatically in just a few years, and if trends count for anything, bigger changes are ahead. As Desjardins puts it:

“Over your lifetime, the consumption of media and entertainment has already changed drastically.
“For Boomers and Gen Xers, the shift has been earth-shattering. Both generations will remember a time before mainstream computing when TV was dominated by the Big Three TV networks (NBC, ABC, and CBS), and newspapers and magazines were the main way to stay in touch with what was happening.
“Even millennials have seen fundamental shifts in consumption of media. After all, they experienced the rise of social media, online news, streaming, and digital video firsthand. Many of them will remember their college getting access to Facebook for the first time, the death of Napster, and the funny sounds their 28.8k modem made as it struggled to successfully download a single image file.”

It’s fair to assume that the coming changes will affect virtually everyone who consumes information. Of course, if you’re reading this, you’re already a little ahead of the game, and you probably know you can read ELEVATOR WORLD on your computer, phone or tablet. Where will you be reading it a couple of years from now?

Meet Walton Press

Just outside of Atlanta, Georgia, lies the small town of Monroe, which has been the home of Walton Press since 1900. Walton Press now serves as the printer for ELEVATOR WORLD magazine. On February 15 and 16, Elevator World’s Vice President of Production, Lillie McWilliams, along with myself, had the privilege of visiting the press to see their process. The timing worked out great, too, as we were actually able to see our magazine going through the printing process!

The level of pride everyone at Walton Press puts into their work results in a quality magazine, not only for us, but for you — our readers.

We would like to extend our thanks and appreciation to everyone we met at Walton Press for being such wonderful hosts.

Check out some of these photos from our visit!

Here, one of several signatures that make up a copy of ELEVATOR WORLD magazine, is being run through the giant heat press and folding machine

 

And the final result is good!

 

Another impressive piece of machinery at Walton Press

 

 

 

Got ink? Walton Press has a lot of it!

 

 

Some of the Walton Press team with myself and EW VP of Production, Lillie McWilliams