Industry News for December 31, 2014

KONE ACQUIRES ITALIAN FIRM MIA
KONE has acquired Manutenzione Installazione Ascensori SpA (MIA), a company formerly owned by Manutencoop Group, doing business in Italy from 12 locations. MIA provides maintenance, modernization and new-unit sales, and its maintenance arm has grown by 16,000 units since its founding in 2008. MIA employs approximately 160 people. KONE Executive Vice President and Area Director for West and South Europe and Africa, Pierre Liautaud, said the move promises to strengthen KONE’s position in a fragmented Italian market.

LERCH BATES HIRES INDUSTRY VETERAN FELIX
Lerch Bates Inc. has named Jose Felix project manager, elevator consulting group. Based at its Lake Forest, California, office, Felix participates in conceptual planning, design, construction administration, audits, surveys, inspections and modernization projects for vertical-transportation systems, including overseeing project organization, scheduling, coordination, deliverables, billing and collections. He also develops the firm’s market share in southern California through marketing initiatives, including exhibitions at regional conferences, and building relationships with prospective clients. He has worked for KONE and Otis, and holds a BS in Business Administration, Marketing, from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.

393-UNIT APARTMENT TOWER FOR UPTOWN CHARLOTTE
On the heels of the August 2014 opening of the 22-story Element Uptown residential tower in Charlotte, North Carolina, Childress Klein Properties has announced another project nearby consisting of 31 floors housing 393 apartments atop the 11-story Mint Museum, Charlotte Business Journal reports. Construction is expected to start in spring 2015, and the project – as yet unnamed — is set to include underground parking and a top-floor, resort-style pool.

ESCALATOR DEVICE THEFT HIGHLIGHTS ONGOING PROBLEM IN INDIA
The theft of an escalator’s electronic control panel on the weekend of December 20 at Southern Railway’s Light House station in Chennai, reported by The Hindu, highlights the problem of theft often being the cause of nonfunctioning equipment. Police believe the theft of the panel, which caused the escalator to stop, happened in the early morning hours and was done by at least two people, since the panels are located underneath units and are difficult to extract. Early last year, Vishrantwadi police linked a pair of elevator-repair mechanics to a string of at least six elevator control-panel thefts in that area.

ELEVATOR WORLD CLOSING FOR NEW YEAR’S
The offices of Elevator World, Inc. will be closed on January 1, 2015, in observance of the New Year’s Day holiday. They will reopen for regular business hours on the following day.

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