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Acquisition Enhances GAL’s Capabilities and Bolsters GAL’s Product Portfolio
BRONX, NY – January 8, 2018 – GAL Manufacturing (“GAL”), a leading North American designer, manufacturer, and distributor of elevator components and systems, and a portfolio company of Golden Gate Capital, is proud to announce the acquisition of Comprehensive Manufacturing Services, L.L.C. (“Courion”), a leading provider of door systems for freight elevators. Founded in 1921 and led by Owners and Principals Michael Garner and Bob Jackson, Courion boasts nearly a century of service to the industry and is a “one-stop-shop” for customers’ freight elevator needs. Mr. Garner and Mr. Jackson will remain in their current roles at Courion as part of the transaction.
The Company is headquartered in St. Louis, Missouri and produces Courion and Security Freight Door Systems, as well as CART-MATIC© and TOTE-MATIC© Cartlift Systems. Courion is also the exclusive provider of Courion, Harris Preble and Guilbert replacement parts. In New York City, Freight Tech, LLC, an IUEC contractor that is a wholly owned subsidiary of Courion, provides installation and 24/7 repair services for all types of freight door systems.
Mr. Jackson stated: “Our company has always respected what GAL stood for and we’re glad to be a part of their organization. Their reputation throughout the industry is outstanding, and we’re confident that this partnership will allow us to deliver even more superior products and service to our customers.”
Mark Boelhouwer, President and CEO of GAL, added: “Courion is a fantastic addition to the GAL family of companies. Courion’s products are highly complementary to GAL’s broad product portfolio, and Courion has established an excellent reputation for customer support and service that will bolster our efforts to provide an unrivalled range of products to independent elevator contractors and large elevator OEMs. We look forward to working closely with Michael, Bob and the entire Courion team.”
About GAL, GAL Canada and Hollister-Whitney
GAL is comprised of G.A.L Manufacturing Company, LLC, G.A.L Canada Elevator Products Corporation and Hollister-Whitney Elevator Corporation. The Company supplies nearly every electromechanical component used on elevator systems, including door operators and associated door equipment, geared and gearless traction machines, universally compatible microprocessor controllers, safety components, signal fixtures, push button panels, and structural assemblies. The Company sells products to a diverse range of customers including thousands of independent elevator contractors and large elevator OEMs.
About Golden Gate Capital
Golden Gate Capital is a San Francisco-based private equity investment firm with over $15 billion of capital under management. The principals of Golden Gate Capital have a long and successful history of investing across a wide range of industries and transaction types, including going-privates, corporate
divestitures, and recapitalizations, as well as debt and public equity investments. Notable investments sponsored by Golden Gate Capital include Cole-Parmer, Tronair, ANGUS, Springs Window Fashions, Humanetics Innovative Solutions, EP Minerals, and U.S. Silica. For more information, visit www.goldengatecap.com
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James Varon has been named Vice President of Engineering for all GAL locations, including New York, Quincy, Toronto, and Asia. He will be responsible for all aspects of engineering, such as research & development, new product introductions, and contract engineering.
“James has played a crucial part in GAL’s engineering activities since joining the company some 37 years ago, and I am delighted to be able to confirm that his talents will now benefit all our operations going forward,” commented Mark Boelhouwer, President & CEO.
Varon,57, arrived at GAL in 1980 as a Mechanical Draftsman, designing new and improved elevator door equipment systems. He became Door Equipment Engineering Manager in 1985, then Engineering Manager in 2000, before progressing on to the position of Vice President of Engineering at GAL in 2014.
GAL provides the elevator industry with a broad spectrum of products and services, including door equipment, control systems and hoistway machines.
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Release CAMs for Montgomery E5000 Style Escalator to be Used at Local Girl Scout Events
BROADVIEW, IL (December 12, 2017) – Today ECS Corporation donated 150 Montgomery style P69273 release cams to the Technology and Manufacturing Association (TMA). The cams will be used as part of hands-on STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) activities by two local girl scout troops in their annual STEMapalooza events. The STEMapaloozas will feature local STEM organizations and museum booths from across the Chicagoland area, as well as science shows and demonstrations. The first event, for the Girl Scouts of Northern Illinois, is scheduled for February 3, 2018 in Woodstock, IL. The second event, for the Girls Scouts of Greater Chicago and Northwest Indiana, is planned for March 24, 2018 in Country Club Hills, IL.
The effort was coordinated by the Women in TMA Committee which advocates for women in manufacturing through the promotion of education, advancing careers and strengthening networks. They requested donations of various-sized parts with a hole large enough to be strung on a twine cord. A Women in TMA representative will explain the process of manufacturing while the ‘tween-aged’ girls make necklaces from the parts.
“The incoming talent in the vertical transportation industry reminds us of the need to share our knowledge and experience”, says Rick Milefchik, President and COO, “We feel strongly about supporting our community and the leaders of tomorrow. It is our hope this small gesture will inspire the next generation of manufacturers and vertical transportation professionals.”
Founded in 1925, TMA supports manufacturers in the Chicago metropolitan area and surrounding counties in northern Illinois, northern Indiana, and southern Wisconsin. It has almost 1,000 members representing over 32,000 employees and nearly 26M square feet of manufacturing.
A batch of Montgomery E5000 style release cams P629273 are cut from 3/16” thick Domex XF100 high-strength alloy on the bed of ECS’s Mitsubishi laser cutter.
About ECS Corporation
Long recognized as a leading supplier to the vertical transportation industry, ECS Corporation underwent an intense rebuilding and restructuring in 2013 after ownership changed hands. An infusion of capital and a new senior management team refocused the company’s efforts on safety, quality and customer service. Crucial personnel additions with decades of OEM level experience bring industry knowledge to better serve end-users.
ECS Corporation’s mission is to provide exceptional products and services. The company adheres to strict quality guidelines and understands the unique just-in-time nature of the vertical transportation industry. Their goal is to constantly strive to exceed expectations to help promote the customer’s success.
The company’s proximity to the city of Chicago, along with 24,000-total square feet of inventory and manufacturing space, facilitates immediate deliveries from ECS Corporation. Key industry partnerships further enable the rapid delivery of off-site components.
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EHC Global Acknowledged for its Contributions to Public Safety in Ontario
December 1, 2017 (Oshawa, Canada) ─ EHC Global (EHC), a leading manufacturer of components and integrated solutions to the vertical transportation industry, is pleased to announce that the company has been selected as a recipient of the 2017 Impact Safety Award by the Technical Standards and Safety Authority (TSSA). TSSA believes that making Ontario a safe place to work, live and play is a shared responsibility. The Impact Safety Award acknowledges organizations that have made significant contributions to public safety in Ontario that go above and beyond regulatory compliance.
“We are thrilled to receive this prestigious award from TSSA on behalf of all of EHC employees around the world,” says Jeno Eppel, President and Chief Executive Officer of EHC. “EHC Global is committed to helping to make the world a better place by developing innovative safety solutions, participating in industry groups and safety committees, and promoting best practices when it comes to proper escalator use.”
In 2016, EHC announced the global launch of NT SafeRailTM handrail solutions to the healthcare market with Durham Region-based Lakeridge Health serving as EHC’s launch customer. Escalators at Lakeridge Health’s Oshawa hospital were retrofitted with EHC’s patented NT handrail, which features permanent and vandalism-resistant safety messages to encourage safe and responsible escalator use.
“EHC’s safety designs and escalator messaging fit nicely with TSSA’s own efforts in addressing safety on escalators,” says Roger Neate, TSSA’s Director of Elevating and Amusement Devices. “While EHC has a truly global presence, their safety impact on Ontario’s riding public is more than worthy of TSSA’s Impact Safety Award. With a passion for safety and engineering excellence, EHC has firm grip on escalator safety.”
The 2017 Impact Safety Award was presented to EHC during TSSA’s annual general meeting, which was recently held in Ottawa, Ontario. EHC was also featured in TSSA’s 2017 Annual Report and profiled in a feature video produced by the TSSA (https://www.tssa.org/en/about-tssa/safety-awards.aspx).
About EHC Global Inc.
Established in 1977, EHC Global Inc. (EHC) is a leading manufacturer of handrails, rollers and lift components for escalators, elevators and moving walks. Each day, EHC helps millions of people all over the world move safely and comfortably in public transit systems, shopping centers, airports, office buildings, hospitals, condominiums and other metropolitan spaces. EHC is committed to developing sustainable solutions that optimize safety, enhance value and meet the challenging demands of OEMs, designers, building owners and facility managers. To accomplish this, EHC employs top material scientists and engineers and continues to invest in R&D, product development, and next-generation polymer and composite extrusion technology. EHC has manufacturing and distribution facilities in Canada, Germany, Spain, France, Brazil and China and a global network of sales offices including Barbados, Mexico, Slovakia, United Kingdom and the USA as well as EHC partners in all major markets globally. For more information about EHC, visit www.ehc-global.com.
The Technical Standards and Safety Authority (TSSA) is one of Ontario's public safety regulators, mandated by the Government of Ontario to enforce provincial safety regulations and enhance public safety. Throughout Ontario, TSSA regulates the safety of amusement devices, boilers and pressure vessels, elevating devices, fuels, operating engineers, ski lifts, and upholstered and stuffed articles. Its range of safety services include public education and consumer information, certification, licensing and registration, engineering design review, inspections, investigations, safety management consultation, and enforcement and prosecution activities. The organization's vision is to be a valued advocate and recognized authority in public safety.
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Rimrock Corporation, a Microsoft Gold Cloud Solution Partner, announced today the availability of FIELDBOSS Lift version 2.5 – a major release of the next generation of elevator contractor management software.
TORONTO - 1 December 2017 – Rimrock Corporation today unveiled an update for its award-winning elevator contractor management solution built for the Microsoft Cloud and within the Microsoft Dynamics platform. FIELDBOSS Lift 2.5 adds significant amounts of new functionality, features, and performance improvements that continue to drive business process automation and operational insights.
“FIELDBOSS Lift 2.5 incorporates extensive user feedback resulting in the most feature complete elevator service management software available in the world today” said Jonathan Taub, President of Rimrock Corporation. “Early user tests show significant advances of ease of use, increased productivity, stream-lined operations, improved automation, more seamless integration, and training time reductions.”
With over 100 new features in FIELDBOSS Lift 2.5, key enhancements include:
FIELDBOSS Lift 2.5 introduces violation management configurable by jurisdiction. Users can now create open violation tasks and defects while managing critical dates, defect responsibility and monitor the remediation to completion.
Configurable Checklists for Paperless Maintenance Tasks or Health and Safety Compliance
New to FIELDBOSS Lift, the service task configurator makes it possible to create customized and automated electronic checklists which allow the technician to follow and document prescribed maintenance or service procedures while on-site and automatically send it back to the office or the customer.
Maintenance Contract Management
Version 2.5 extends the innovative functionality released in previous versions to further optimize the maintenance contract creation as well as automating the scheduling and billing functionality. Lift 2.5 is much more flexible in managing large volumes of complex contracts while providing real-time tracking of profitability.
Field Request Entity
FIELDBOSS Lift 2.5 includes a field request entity that enables technicians to communicate with the head office for all common situations including parts requests, requests for quotes for some new work for a customer, scheduling changes etc.
Version 2.5 adds a variety of new enhancements to automate billing so that it is efficient, on time, and fully complete. It is very flexible and can easily process and adapt to unique billing requirements in bulk without the need to adjust each individual invoice.
FIELDBOSS Lift 2.5 includes time card functionality that is used to automate time entry and job costing while providing seamless integration to payroll. It allows users to efficiently track time and work performed in the field on their mobile device using simple clock in-out buttons and provide real-time tracking of data and a paperless process for billing and payroll.
Enhanced Business Intelligence
FIELDBOSS Lift 2.5 now includes numerous new out-of-the-box dashboards for billing, case management, dispatch, field requests, maintenance contract management, payroll, project management, project tasks, sales, and violation management.
Implementations for new customers will begin on December 1, 2017 while upgrades for current customers will commence early Q2, 2018.
About FIELDBOSS Lift
FIELDBOSS Lift is an end-to-end elevator service software solution built within Microsoft Dynamics 365. It automates business processes and enables elevator contractors to have fully-integrated and paperless operations in the office and field. FIELDBOSS Lift stops things from falling through the cracks so management can stay focused on growing the business. With 100’s of elevator industry specific features and technological innovations, it is the new standard in elevator service contractor management solutions.
About Rimrock Corporation
Rimrock Corporation is a leading provider of complete end-to-end mobile and cloud-based solutions in the elevator and HVACR industries. Rimrock is led by a team of CPA’s and Certified Microsoft Technology specialists who have been providing the highest level of service in the Microsoft solution consulting industry since 1989.
Rimrock Corporation is a Gold Certified Microsoft Partner based out of Toronto, Canada and Manhattan, New York.
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