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interlift team launches worldwide promotional tour

19 August 2022 - Augsburg - For the first time, the team of interlift, AFAG and VFA-Interlift e.V. will appear together with the European manufacturers' association EFESME at the NAEC Convention in Louisville, USA. From September 19 - 23, 2022, EFESME President Massimo Bezzi, VFA Board Member Dr. Stephan Rohr and interlift Project Manager Joachim Kalsdorf will use this meeting to refresh relations. There was already a first meeting with NAEC Vice President John Tolar and his team at the interlift in April. In Louisville, both associations and the world's leading trade fair interlift will present themselves in a joint presentation. The interest of the parties involved in a more intensive exchange and sustainable cooperation is great, and the meeting in Louisville is seen as an important first step.

interlift 2023: Worldwide promotion tour started

After the visit to the NAEC Convention, the Eurolift in Kielce, Poland (October 5 - 6) and liftex in London (October 12 - 13) are on the agenda, before heading to Milan for Lift Expo Italia (October 19 - 21). There, as well as at the Indian ISEE in Mumbai (1 - 3 December), the interlift team will be represented with its own exhibition stand and, as always, will be happy to assist interested exhibitors and visitors. This naturally also applies to the events in the coming year.

Successful Re-Start Cause for Strong Interest

In 2020, 2021 and even this year, the Corona crisis had caused numerous trade shows to be canceled. All the more remarkable, therefore, the fact that the interlift was able to be held successfully. Certainly, the record figures of 2019 were not achieved, but despite the difficult general conditions, 11,800 trade visitors from 87 nations came to Augsburg and their verdict was clearly positive, as was that of the approximately 350 exhibitors. Currently, more than 250 exhibitors - including the majority of industry leaders - already occupy almost the entire space of the interlift 2022.

Changed hall structures due to new official requirements

The interlift 2023 will be presented in a different way in almost all halls. The reason for this is new requirements imposed by the local authorities with regard to escape routes and fire protection. For almost all exhibitors this means changes with regard to the position and size of the stand. Interested companies should therefore register their participation as early as possible or coordinate it together with the project management.


Press contact
AFAG Messen und Ausstellungen GmbH
Am Messezentrum 5
86159 Augsburg
Tel +49 (0)821 - 5 89 82 - 143
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Professional sponsor
VFA-Interlift e.V.
Süderstr. 282
20537 Hamburg
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August 12, 2022 (Broadview, IL) - ECS Corporation is pleased to announce that Nichole Merten has been promoted to the position of Sales Manager. With 14 years of industry experience, and the last 8 years with ECS Corp, Nichole’s expertise, reputation for customer service excellence, high energy and dedicated work ethic make her a very valuable member of ECS’s new leadership team.

In this new role, Nichole will guide ECS towards the achievement of smarter sales targets, stronger customer engagement and trusted support.

Ray and Julie Allen, and the entire ECS team, are grateful to have such a special person taking care of the company’s valued customers, and representing us industrywide.

Originally established in 1962, and substantially restructured under new owner Ray Allen, ECS Corporation is a long-time supplier of elevator and escalator replacement parts to the vertical transportation industry.


Media Contact:
Julie Allen
Vice President, ECS Corporation
2807 S. 25th Avenue
Broadview, IL
1 800 621 0759
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Louisville, KY, August 3, 2022 – American Elevator Group (AEG), one of the fastest-growing groups of select and experienced elevator service providers in the United States, today confirmed its acquisition of Madden Elevator (Madden), further expanding the company’s service portfolio across the United States.

Madden Elevator has been serving Louisville and the surrounding districts of Kentucky and Indiana for over a decade. Founder and CEO Sean Madden welcomed the opportunity to become a part of AEG’s growing network of service providers, saying, “We have experienced strong growth as an independent elevator service provider and now, as part of AEG’s impressive business portfolio, we can further build upon our strong foundation.”

Bryan Clairmont, recently appointed President of American Elevator Group, welcomed Sean and the Madden team, commenting, “Madden is a highly respected Kentucky service business, and a valued addition to our team. I am excited to have them join American Elevator Group.”

Maven Group facilitated the transactions on behalf of Madden Elevator.

About American Elevator Group
Founded in 2020, American Elevator Group (AEG) is the largest independent elevator service provider in North America. The group is a collection of trusted, highly reputable, select and independent elevator service companies that deliver local expertise and customer service across 21 states, with a key focus on delivering exceptional customer value while covering all industry specializations, from legacy maintenance and repair services to high-technology installations and modernizations. Backed by significant resources in safety, finance, technology, marketing, and operations, the group is in a continuous state of growth. For more information on AEG, visit Learn more about Madden Elevator at


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Erin Vadala, Warner Communications
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Conyers, GA (July 25, 2022) – The National Association of Elevator Contractors (NAEC) is pleased to announce that that its QEI Certification has been granted accreditation approval from ANSI National Accreditation Board (ANAB).

Achieving ANAB accreditation is a demonstration of NAECs ability to meet today’s rigorous standards. This accomplishment is an indication of our commitment to providing the highest credentialing services in the elevator industry.

The ANAB accreditation mark is a symbol of excellence, recognized worldwide by employers, industry leaders, hiring managers, and credential holders. Since its launch in 2003, the ANAB personnel certification accreditation program based on the international standard ISO/IEC 17024:2012, Conformity assessment - General requirements for bodies operating certification of persons, has helped certification programs make the journey from good to great. More than 5.2 million people worldwide and counting hold a certification from an ANAB-accredited organization. For more information, visit

NAEC is the premier association representing the elevator industry. The association serves the interests of the elevator, escalator, and accessibility equipment industry by promoting safe and reliable vertical transportation through education, networking with peers, and exposure to new technologies. It has long been a goal of NAEC to make its CET, CAT and QEI certifications easily accessible. QEI’s accreditation now allows NAEC to be that one stop shop for elevator credentials.

Standardization and conformity assessments have an impact on an organization’s quality, lead time and safety record. Additionally, interstate interoperability is made possible. Certification is increasingly becoming a preferred or required employment criteria or may be a condition from accrediting bodies. New hires may be expected by employers to work toward this specialty certification knowing that it validates their readiness to practice in the field.

“Most importantly, NAECs QEI certification indicates that an individual has the knowledge and skills to provide safe, and reliable elevator inspections,” notes NAEC Board of Directors member John Tolar.

With ANAB approval for QEI certification and together with its CET and CAT certifications, NAEC continues to forge its credibility in hoisting the qualifications of elevator professionals to the pinnacle of experience, safety, and distinction. Thanks to the efforts of the accreditation team, our expert board and committee volunteers and our valued members for this collaborative success.

“We are grateful to John Dodds for leading the dedicated NAEC volunteer taskforce who made this day possible,” said Rená Cozart, NAEC Executive Director.

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Colley Cares Initiative to Benefit Victims First GoFundMe Efforts

BENSENVILLE, IL (July 15, 2022) – Today Colley Elevator Co. announced it will use its Colley Cares program to support victims of the recent mass shooting in Highland Park, IL. The company’s philanthropic initiative is tied to elevator modernization sales and typically supports five employee-chosen charities each fiscal quarter. Donations for the current quarter will go exclusively to Victims First, a 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization.

From July to September, Colley Elevator will earmark $100 from the sale of each modernization project. At the quarter’s end, the funds will be donated to the Victims First GoFundMe fundraiser dedicated to the Highland Park Fourth of July Parade Shooting.

“We were deeply saddened by the news of another mass shooting. The events of July 4th had a particularly devastating effect due to their proximity and the realization that one of our mechanics was in attendance”, says Craig Zomchek, the company’s Managing Partner, “Using our charitable donation program to benefit the victims is the least we could do.”

Zomchek was so moved that he has matched employee’s personal contributions, up to a total of $1000, to any of the verified GoFundMe fundraisers for Highland Park.

For more information regarding the Victims First efforts, go to

For a list of all GoFundMe verified fundraisers for Highland Park, go to


About Colley Elevator Company

Established in 1908, Colley Elevator Company is the longest operating independent elevator company in the Chicago area. Based in Bensenville, IL, the midsized contractor provides a comprehensive range of services including maintenance, repair, modernization, and new installations. With a focus on low to midrise conveyances, Colley Elevator maintains more than 2200 elevators in its portfolio. The company works with building owners and facility managers to optimize safety, enhance value, and meet the challenging demands of their vertical transportation equipment. With a commitment to installing non-proprietary materials, Colley’s service technicians have several years’ experience working on a variety of elevator brands. In 2019 and 2020, Colley Elevator earned back-to-back Best Contractor – North awards from Elevator World, Inc. Presented annually, the award is designed to celebrate companies that “go above and beyond for their customers, employees, communities, and the industry as a whole”.

Media Contact:
Cathy Hayat
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