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November 21, 2014

GT SUPPLIES MORE WEATHERPROOF ELEVATORS IN CANADA

CKG Group awarded Global Tardif (GT) four additional NEMA 4X Weatherproof Traction elevators to K+S Potash Canada’s Legacy project north of Moose Jaw, Canada, as work has begun on two new mines. Legacy is a greenfield project for the setting up of potash production on the basis of solution mining in southern Saskatchewan. GT announced a contract to supply 10 waterproof elevators at a depth of 1 km below ground for the site earlier this year.

THYSSENKRUPP ELEVATOR HANDLING US$428,000 TEXAS JOB

The city of Waco, Texas, has hired ThyssenKrupp Elevator to replace the motors, controls and brakes on four aging elevators in its police headquarters, an 11-story tower that was recently renovated, the Waco Tribune reports. Although the elevators are more than 35 years old, they were found to be safe during inspections, according to the city, which is spending US$428,000 on the equipment replacement. Two elevators will remain open at all times as ThyssenKrupp Elevator technicians work on the units over a four-month period starting in December.

GROUND BROKEN FOR NEW TOWER IN WASHINGTON, D.C., AREA

A 470-ft.-tall, 31-story bank tower is expected to start taking shape soon in the Washington, D.C., suburb of Tysons Corner, WTOP 103.5 FM reports. A ceremonial groundbreaking was held for the project on November 17. Serving as headquarters for Capital One, the building will be the area’s second tallest behind the Washington Monument. It is expected to be joined by a hotel, residences, offices and retail on 26 acres, and officials believe the development will inject new life into the local economy.

November 20, 2014

GEOCHANG R&D CENTER OPENS IN SOUTH KOREA

Korea Testing Laboratory has opened Geochang R&D Center, intended to be the cornerstone of a global elevator-industry hub in Geochang County, South Korea, home to more than 20 elevator companies, The Korea Times reports. Approximately 1,000 industry and government officials attended a November 13 ribbon cutting for the facility, which is aimed at giving a competitive boost to small and medium-sized manufacturers that lack their own R&D and testing facilities.

REPORT: MASSACHUSETTS ELEVATOR INSPECTIONS LAG

Despite hiring more inspectors since a 2010 Massachusetts State Auditor report found 30% of state elevators lacked inspection certificates, the state Department of Public Safety has fallen behind even further, CBS Boston reports. According to the latest report released on November 18, 36% of elevators (14,000) in the state have expired certificates. The department disputes that, stating it is closer to 28%, but acknowledges performance needs to improve.

ESCALATOR WORK CREATES FRUSTRATION ON LONDON TUBE

Escalator repair work that is taking one of three escalators out of service at the busy Brixton station of the London Tube is creating crowd buildup and frustration among commuters, the London Evening Standard reports. Tube officials said work to repair two of the escalators at the station is necessary for safety reasons, since the units are more than 40 years old. They expect work to wrap up in summer 2015. In the meantime, they have added buses at Brixton and other stations.

November 19, 2014

MITSUBISHI ELECTRIC TO SUPPLY 15 UNITS IN BRAZIL

Mitsubishi Electric subsidiary MELCO Elevadores do Brasil S.A. has been awarded a contract to provide 15 NEXIEZ elevators to a pair of residential towers in São Paulo, Brazil, Mirage Residencial and Plaza Mayor. MELCO will manufacture and install the units, part of a product line designed to be energy friendly, compact, safe and lightweight, for developer EMBRAPLAN ENGENHARIA LTDA.

OTIS INDIA BUOYED BY SYNERGY OF UTC CONSOLIDATION

The synergy created by consolidating United Technology Corp.’s elevator, air-conditioning, fire/security and building-automation divisions under one umbrella is proving beneficial to Otis India, ConstructionWeekonline.in reports. Consolidating offices has resulted in shorter response, reduced costs and shared sales leads. In addition to focusing on its energy-efficient, locally made Gen2® elevator, Otis India has doubled capacity at its Bengaluru manufacturing facility in expectation of increased urbanization. The Indian elevator market is expected to reach 70,000 units per year by 2017.

ZIMBABWE INDUSTRY BEMOANS HIGH ELEVATOR REGULATORY FEES

Members of the Confederation of Zimbabwe Industries say high fees such as those to register elevators and escalators and have them inspected are affecting their competitiveness, The Herald reports. Manufacturers are required to pay US$200 to register a unit and US$1,000 per unit for inspection. Such costs, along with other fees for such requirements as factory registration, can represent up to 3.5% of a manufacturer’s total expenses.

November 18, 2014

HYUNDAI’S HRTS LINKS ELEVATORS, SMARTPHONES

Hyundai Elevator Co. Ltd. has announced the debut of Hyundai Real Time Service (HRTS), a “remote-control system that not only gives customers the ability to check the status of their elevators online 24/7, but also enables service engineers to conduct safety checks and fix breakdowns in real time” using smartphones. The Internet-based application for service engineers was released in May and is being used by approximately 1,600 engineers. The customer application is scheduled for release on June 1, 2015.

2015 IRAN LIFTEX ANNOUNCED

The next iteration of Iran Liftex will be held at the Tehran International Exhibition Center in Tehran, Iran, on May 16-19, 2015. Dubbed “The Fourth International Exhibition on Elevators, Escalators, Lift, Conveyors and Related Components and Equipment,” the event is expected to draw at least 200 active and reputable local companies and organizations from Iran, Turkey, China, South Korea, Italy and the U.A.E. to its 10,000-m2 floor. For more information or to register, visit websites: www.liftex.ir and www.iranfair.com.

PLAN FOR NEW TALLEST BUILDINGS IN HARLEM REVEALED

New York YIMBY has obtained specifics on the proposed East River Plaza redevelopment in Manhattan’s Harlem neighborhood. The plan consists of a trio of apartment towers built atop a pair of podiums. The towers would be 575, 515 and 455 ft. tall. Designed by TEN Arquitectos, they feature variegated façades and a pair of skybridges connecting them at elevations of 245 and 255 ft. No construction timeline was given, but the project was expected to be approved.

November 17, 2014

SEMATIC HIRES REGIONAL SALES MANAGERS

Sematic has hired two regional sales managers. Tobias Bloß is covering southern Germany and Austria, and Aurélien Travert is covering France. They are handling sales of Sematic’s automatic doors, cabins and components for passenger and goods lifts in their respective areas. Based in Nuremberg, Germany, Bloß has more than 14 years of experience with private and multinational companies, most recently serving as sales manager of components and complete lifts. Based in Paris, Travert has 10 years of experience, working for two multinational companies in France in sales.

CTBUH OPENS WEBSITE, CALLS FOR PAPERS

The Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH) has launched a website for its 2015 conference “Global Interchanges: Resurgence of the Skyscraper City.” The event will be held in New York City on October 26-30, 2015. The deadline for CTBUH members to submit abstract presentations is January 30, 2015.

30-STORY NASHVILLE TOWER TO BE HOME TO BRIDGESTONE

By 2017, a new, 30-story office tower in downtown Nashville, Tennessee, looks to be the new home of Bridgestone Americas, which announced on November 11 it plans to relocate from another area location to the new building, The Tennessean reports. Up to US$100 million in incentives paved the way for the deal, for which two other U.S. cities were competing. The tower will house approximately 1,700 employees, who will be consolidated from other locations, and be among the tallest buildings in downtown Nashville.

November 14, 2014

   

MAGNETEK HIRES TWO IN ENGINEERING 

Magnetek, Inc., an elevator drives manufacturer in Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin, has announced that Gene Jansen and Joe Koren have joined the company as application engineer and application engineering specialist, respectively. Jansen comes to Magnetek with more than 15 years of engineering experience, including positions as a controls engineer at Federal-Mogul Powertrain Systems and project engineer at Rockwell Automation. Koren has more than 20 years of experience working with a variety of drives. Prior to joining Magnetek, he worked as a technical support engineer at Rockwell Automation.

ELEVATORS ENHANCE ACCESS IN PHILADELPHIA

Handicapped accessibility advocates applauded the opening of two new elevators on November 12 between underground subway stations and street level in Philadelphia, CBS News reports. The units bring the total number of elevators at that location to five, and promise to enhance access to City Hall and a newly reopened Dilworth Park, which recently underwent a US$55-million enhancement. Clear class enclosures provide shelter for elevator passengers at street level.

ELEVATOR RENOVATION FOR FORT LEAVENWORTH HOSPITAL

Renovation of three patient elevators at Munson Army Health Center at the U.S. Army’s Fort Leavenworth in Kansas is among projects set to get underway in the next several months, the Fort Leavenworth Lamp reports. The units will be worked on one at a time in order to have the most minimal impact on accessibility. They will get new doors, frames and cabs. Along with new walkways and ramps, the elevator renovation is aimed at enhancing patients’ safety or accessibility.

November 13, 2014

   

IN MEMORIAM: JOSEPH BARNA, JR.

Joseph J. Barna, Jr., of Hollywood, Florida, a third-generation elevator man who enjoyed a 30-year career with Otis, passed away on November 10 at the age of 52. His father, Joseph Barna, Sr., also worked for Otis, and his grandfather was in the industry. The younger Barna also worked briefly for Oracle Elevator. Known as an involved family man, Barna is survived by his wife of 31 years, Barbara; daughters, Rachel and Elizabeth; and sisters, Francine and Bernice. Memorial donations may be made to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.

NYC 9/11 REBIRTH CONTINUES WITH OPENING OF TRANSIT HUB

Rebuilding of lower Manhattan in New York City (NYC) in the wake of 9/11 continued on November 9 with the opening of a US$1.4-billion subway transit hub, The Fulton Center on Broadway, Reuters reports. Handicapped accessible with 10 escalators and 15 elevators, the hub is expected to serve up to 300,000 subway passengers a day. Its opening came one week after the first tenant, publisher Condé Nast, moved into the new 104-story One World Trade Center.

 EW’S FOCUS ON RESIDENTIAL LIFTS

The February 2015 issue of ELEVATOR WORLD will focus on the hot topic of Residential Lifts, for which the submissions deadline is December 15. It will also include a Continuing Education article. To participate in the focus topic or for more information, contact the EW Editorial Department at phone: (251) 479-4514, ext. 30 or email: editorial@elevatorworld.com.