Industry News for April 24, 2015

LERCH BATES HIRES MAASS TO LEAD L.A. OFFICE
Lerch Bates Inc. has hired Melanie Maass to lead its Los Angeles (L.A.) office. She has more than 17 years of experience, including serving as sales, service and modernization manager for Otis in the San Francisco Bay and greater L.A./Orange County markets. She designed data-driven methods to increase company profits, and provided training and support to the company’s service, new-business and modernization departments. Among her degrees are a BS in Business Administration and International Business from San Francisco State University and an MA in Humanities and Leadership from the New College of California.

MCDONOUGH ELEVATOR ACQUIRES DENVER COMPANY
Houston-based McDonough Elevator Sales & Rentals, a division of McDonough Corp. that specializes in the industrial rack-and-pinion elevator market, has announced its acquisition of Rack and Pinion Elevator Service, based in Denver. McDonough said it plans to retain management, staff and existing contracts of the 40-year-old business, described by McDonough Elevator President Joe Galatas as “the premier industrial provider in the area, known for its customer focus and knowledge of all types of rack-and-pinion equipment.” Operations will remain in Denver.

TURKISH TOWER TO HAVE PAIR OF PANORAMIC ELEVATORS
A pair of panoramic elevators are to be part of Antalya Tower, an observation tower planned on Turkey’s southwest coast to coincide with the World Botanic Expo in April 2016, ArchDaily reports. Local architecture firm Nitelikli Tasarımlar Atölyesi (NITA) won a contest to design the tower, on which construction is expected to start later this year. Resembling a trio of pitcher plants and standing 100.7 m tall, the steel-façade design pays homage to the Hadrian’s Gate arches at the entrance to Antalya’s old town. The elevators “will allow breathtaking views of the surrounding city,” which welcomes approximately 10 million visitors each year.

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