Press Room Website, 800 Number Available to Help Homeowners Address Installation Issues with thyssenkrupp Access Corp. Elevators

thyssenkrupp Access Corp. today announced the launch of a free home elevator safety program for individuals with an elevator produced by thyssenkrupp Access Manufacturing, LLC, thyssenkrupp Access Corp., Access Industries, or National Wheel-O-Vator that may have been installed with an excessive gap space.

Home elevators can significantly enhance personal accessibility and mobility but, if installed incorrectly, they can also pose a potential safety hazard to children. With that in mind, homeowners with these products should be aware of the following facts:

  • Home elevators like the ones designed and manufactured by thyssenkrupp Access Corp. are not typically subject to a post-installation inspection process by state and local authorities having jurisdiction. Accordingly, there’s no independent oversight to ensure their proper and safe installation.
  • Each entry to a home elevator has two doors – the door to the elevator car itself, which moves up and down the shaft with the elevator, and the “hoistway” door, which is stationary and attached to a frame leading to a room or hallway in your house. Installations that resulted in an excessive gap between these two doors (the “gap space”) could allow a child to become entrapped and suffer serious injury or death.
  • A space guard installed on the backside of your hoistway door can reduce that excess gap space to help protect children.

Homeowners with a thyssenkrupp Access Corp. elevator can now go to or call our new toll-free number at 1-800-285-9862 to schedule a free home inspection. thyssenkrupp Access Corp. will send a contractor to measure the gap space and then install a free space guard if needed.

Remember, any homeowner whose home elevator has an excess gap space should take steps to prevent children from accessing their elevator. Never allow children to use, ride or play around a home elevator without adult supervision under any circumstances.

The Home Elevator Safety Program builds on thyssenkrupp Access Corp.’s previous “homeSAFE” campaign to call attention to the potential hazard posed by installation that resulted in an excess gap space and offer homeowners with a thyssenkrupp Access Corp. home elevator a way to reduce the gap space. Space guards reduce the gap space but may not eliminate the gap altogether. Home elevator requirements vary by state and locality; thyssenkrupp Access Corp. does not guarantee that space guards comply with all codes and standards.

thyssenkrupp Access Corp. is a stand-alone company that designed and manufactured elevators only for home use and it should not be confused with other companies that sell, install, and modernize elevators in settings such as low and high rise commercial and residential buildings that are subject to inspections by applicable authorities having jurisdiction. The home elevator products designed and manufactured by thyssenkrupp Access Corp. met all applicable safety codes when sold. Our free space guard program is intended to address issues with installations that resulted in an excess gap space.

Despite the fact that thyssenkrupp Access Corp. ceased manufacturing, selling and distributing new products in the United States in 2012, we take our commitment to enhancing homeowner safety very seriously. For that reason we want to help homeowners verify whether or not their home elevators manufactured by thyssenkrupp Access Corp. and its predecessors - thyssenkrupp Access Manufacturing, LLC, Access Industries, and National Wheel-O-Vator – may have been installed with an excessive gap space and, if so, offer an option to homeowners to reduce that risk.

To determine whether or not your home elevator was manufactured by any of the companies listed above we recommend that you check your owner’s manual or contact the dealer who originally sold you that equipment.

Press Contact:
Howard Fencl
This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.




ROCKY MOUNT, N.C., April 26, 2021 – Draka Elevator and EHC Global today announced plans to rebrand as “Draka EHC” bringing together two leaders and innovators in the vertical transportation industry. A brand of the Prysmian Group, Draka EHC is strategically positioned to provide a comprehensive portfolio of value-added products, services and integrated solutions for elevators, escalators and moving walks.

“The Draka and EHC brands hold similar principles and values and share a common vision and passion for developing innovative and sustainable products, services and integrated solutions that optimize safety, enhance value, and meet the most challenging demands of the vertical transportation industry,” said Sterrett Lloyd, President, Draka EHC. “With nearly 80 years of combined experience and leadership, Draka EHC not only represents the coming together of two trusted and respected brands, but also reaffirms our commitment to providing value-added solutions and delivering an exceptional customer experience under one roof. We are Stronger Together!”

Draka is a leading solutions provider including manufacturing, component supply chain and distribution capabilities. Offering an ever-expanding product line, Draka provides cables, suspensions means (wire rope, coated steel rope, coated steel belt), compensation chain, wireway, specialty tools, hardware, and components for new installations, modernizations and repair markets. Draka also offers customized solutions and supply chain integration management to OEMs and independent elevator contractors worldwide. For more information, visit

EHC has established itself as a leading manufacturer and supplier of escalator handrails, UV-C handrail sterilizers, safety brushes, rollers, elevator belts, strategic components, and integrated solutions. EHC also provides a comprehensive range of technical services to OEMs including field-splicing, Service+, project management, and assembly, installation, removal, and modernization of escalators and moving walks, servicing both the new construction and replacement markets. For more information, visit

In January 2021, Prysmian Group announced the completion of the acquisition of EHC Global, paving the way for the creation of the new Elevator and Escalator Business Unit, together with the Draka Elevator business.

Prysmian Group
Prysmian Group is world leader in the energy and telecom cable systems industry. With almost 140 years of experience, sales of over €10 billion, about 28,000 employees in over 50 countries and 104 plants, the Group is strongly positioned in high-tech markets and offers the widest possible range of products, services, technologies and know-how. It operates in the businesses of underground and submarine cables and systems for power transmission and distribution, of special cables for applications in many different industries and of medium and low voltage cables for the construction and infrastructure sectors. For the telecommunications industry, the Group manufactures cables and accessories for voice, video and data transmission, offering a comprehensive range of optical fibres, optical and copper cables and connectivity systems. Prysmian is a public company, listed on the Italian Stock Exchange in the FTSE MIB index.


Media Relations
John M. Calderón
Global Director of Marketing and Communications
Draka EHC
Ph. 647.456.7547
This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.



Saint Petersburg, FL, April 6th, 2021 – American Elevator Group (“AEG”), today confirmed their investment in Right Way Elevator Maintenance (“Right Way” or “the Company”), the first of several anticipated acquisitions throughout Florida and the Southern United States.

Established in 2012, Right Way specializes in the maintenance, modernization, and repair of all types of elevators, throughout Florida.

Ryan Coley, President and CEO of Right Way, is justly proud of the company’s commitment to safety, recognizing that employee training is the top priority for their business. “As a former Marine, I was trained to prioritize the safety of myself and my team, without compromise. I am delighted that AEG subscribes to those same values, and I sincerely look forward to our future together.”

Robert Schaeffer, CEO of D & D Elevator, who will be working closely with Ryan and the Right Way team, commented “Adding Right Way to American Elevator group adds true value to both parties. AEG continues to grow at an impressive rate, and adding the ability to service customers in Florida as part of their overall business scope represents a significant step forward.”

About American Elevator Group
American Elevator Group is a collection of trusted, highly reputable, select elevator service companies. Their key focus is to deliver exceptional customer value while covering all industry specialisms, from legacy maintenance and repair services to high-technology installations and modernizations.

Contact (For Press Inquiries Only):
John Curzon
This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
(917) 267-7769


Rockport, IN, March 23rd, 2021 – American Elevator Group (“AEG”), today confirmed the acquisition of American Service Group (“American Service” or “the Company”). 

Established in 1996, American Service specializes in providing a comprehensive range of rack and pinon elevator solutions and maintenance services, supporting industries including power generation, cement production and high-rise construction throughout the Midwest, Eastern and Southern United States.

Recently appointed American Service President Bill Lawson, a seasoned elevator industry professional, welcomed the acquisition and the opportunities it provides, saying “American Service is a well-regarded business, operating within a niche part of the larger elevator marketplace. Supporting industrial plants that must operate continuously is a demanding, but highly rewarding business. Now, with the support of American Elevator Group, we have the resources available to expand American Service Group’s services across the entire country.”

C. Mark Boelhouwer, AEG’s President added “American Service joining AEG increases our ability to better serve customers with a wider portfolio of services. A bonus for us will be the ability to offer our traditional elevator services alongside American Service, with shared facilities planned for Houston, Texas and other locations yet to be confirmed.”


About American Elevator Group
American Elevator Group is a collection of trusted, highly reputable, select elevator service companies. Their key focus is to deliver exceptional customer value while covering all industry specialisms, from legacy maintenance and repair services to high-technology installations and modernizations.

Contact (For Press Inquiries Only):
John Curzon
This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
(917) 267-7769 


Overflow Warehouse Space Lays Groundwork for Future Growth

For Immediate Release

BENSENVILLE, IL (March 16, 2021) – Today Colley Elevator Co. officially announced the expansion of its Bensenville office with the acquisition of 7,000 sqf of overflow warehouse space. Located in a neighboring facility at 232 William Street, the additional capacity is added to its previous 14,000 sqf space, enabling the company to expand its footprint in the Chicagoland market.

As one of the largest independent elevator contractors in the Chicagoland area, the increased space is needed to store larger elevator components as the company broadens its new installation and modernization portfolio. It will enable Colley Elevator to separate inventory for its larger projects from the replacement parts needed to service the nearly 1900 elevators under maintenance contracts.

“We’ve seen an extraordinary amount of organic growth in the past few years”, says Craig Zomchek, the company’s Managing Partner, “The expansion became necessary to ensure we continue providing top-notch support to our customer base. We strive to be the preferred service provider in the low- to mid-rise maintenance and modernization categories. This investment will enable us to continue that growth.”

The company is planning an open house to showcase the new facility. Details will be announced at a later date.


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 approximately 1900 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.

To subscribe to the Colley Elevator newsletter, go to
To follow the Colley Elevator LinkedIn page, go to

Media Contact:
Cathy Hayat
T: 630-766-7230 x114
This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.