Industry News for June 11, 2015

LERCH BATES AGREES TO ACQUIRE JNA OF NYC

On June 9, Lerch Bates Inc. announced an agreement to acquire Joseph Neto & Associates, Inc. (JNA) of New York City (NYC). Lerch Bates notes the move expands upon its vertical-transportation consulting leadership role and strengthens both firms’ positions in the New York market. The business will be known as Joseph Neto & Associates, A Lerch Bates Co., for an interim period of time.

ETA MELCO IN TEMA ISTANBUL

ETA Melco has been supplying units for Tema Istanbul in the Atakent area of the city. The work includes 150 elevators and six escalators manufactured by ETA Melco’s parent company Mitsubishi Electric. The elevators include earthquake protection and accessibility features, and will serve approximately 11,000 people a day. Tema Istanbul is a 1.5-million-m2 development comprised of 3,531 houses. It is a venture of Mesa Cos. Community, Artas Group and Kantur-Akdas developed it following a master plan by Gensler.

KONE HANDLING PAIR OF MODERNIZATIONS IN AUSTRALIA

KONE has been hired to modernize the elevator systems of the 146-m-tall Riverside Centre in Brisbane, Australia, and the 142-m-tall 360 Collins Street in Melbourne, Australia, both office buildings. Work at both buildings includes installation of EcoDisc® hoisting machines, regenerative drives and destination-control systems. Riverside Centre has 21 units, and 360 Collins has 16. The upgrades are designed to improve traffic flow and enhance energy efficiency.

PHOENIX MODULAR ELEVATOR GAINS APPROVAL IN MICHIGAN

Phoenix Modular Elevator, Inc. of Mount Vernon, Illinois, has been granted approval from Michigan authorities to install hydraulic elevators in Michigan. Phoenix’s clients include hotels, stadiums, schools, office buildings, theme parks and government buildings across the U.S. and Canada. The company states it is pleased to add Michigan clients to the mix, noting “modular elevators are a great benefit to those in the commercial building industry, as they are manufactured horizontally in a factory with greater quality controls, faster production and installation time and at a lower overall cost.”

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