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Acquisition broadens Vantage’s product portfolio and provides platform for growth in the Northwest market

BRONX, NY – March 2, 2021 – Vantage Elevator Solutions (“Vantage”), a leading North American designer, manufacturer and distributor of elevator components and systems, and a portfolio company of Golden Gate Capital, today announced that it has acquired Vertical Dimensions LLC (“VD”). VD will continue to be led by President Steve McBride and will remain headquartered in Tukwila, Washington.

Established in 2002, Vertical Dimensions supplies best-in-class shippable elevator interiors to customers across the United States, with an established presence in the Northwest region. VD’s patented Quick Cab line includes 17 standard elevator interiors built to facilitate rapid, accurate and easy installation. Additionally, VD offers fully customized interiors designed to suit any building aesthetic and ensure a unique passenger experience. VD’s product design also reduces installation time, maximizing efficiency for elevator contractors and building owners.

Ron Cauchi, President and CEO of Vantage, said, “We are thrilled to welcome Steve and his talented team to Vantage’s portfolio of companies. This acquisition enables Vantage to extend our product offering into high-quality elevator interiors and provides a compelling growth opportunity in the attractive Northwestern market. We are very impressed by VD’s strong reputation for fast installation, beautiful custom designs and outstanding customer service. We are also excited to offer Vertical Dimensions elevator interior products as a part of our expanding RENEW modernization solutions.”

Mr. McBride added, “We are pleased to join Vantage and leverage our respective markets and sales capabilities to serve our many valued customers. As part of Vantage, we will have the opportunity to significantly expand our market and deliver our best-in-class elevator interiors to more buildings across North America.”


About Vantage Elevator Solutions
Vantage Elevator Solutions is North America’s leading independent manufacturer of elevator components and systems for new equipment applications, equipment upgrade projects and service replacement parts. Vantage is comprised of seven business units including GAL Manufacturing Company and GAL Canada; Hollister-Whitney Elevator Corporation; Elevator Controls Corporation; Courion; Bore-Max; Thames Valley Controls. Through its brands, Vantage supplies almost all electro-mechanical devices used in contemporary elevators. Vantage sells its products to a diverse range of customer types including hundreds of independent elevator contractors, in addition to several well-known multi-national elevator companies. Founded in 1927, the Vantage group employs approximately 1,000 staff in multiple locations across the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom.

About Golden Gate Capital
Golden Gate Capital is a San Francisco-based private equity investment firm with over $17 billion of committed capital. 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 Active Minerals, ANGUS, Cole-Parmer and Covia.



Minden, NV– On February 24, 2021 Maxton Manufacturing Company launched its new website (phase 1 of 2) with a user driven focus towards accessing the most valued features intuitively and quickly. Whether you are looking for technical information, to size a valve, order online, get a quote, it can be done with ease. Login or register today and gain the full experience of Maxton’s new website.

“We were seeking the optimal online customer experience when it comes to account management, ordering and gaining quick access to the correct products, specifications, and forms for the job at hand. We hope we achieved our goal, and this encourages more of our customers to take advantage of this invaluable resource,” said Karl Keller Maxton’s Marketing Director.

Coming soon: Initially the storefront will remain as is with expected upgrades coming later in the year (phase 2) to integrate with our new ERP system. Additionally, in phase 2 every registered elevator professional will gain access to a fully updated Maxton Valve Adjustment Software. So, be sure to call out your co-workers and polish your skills through online valve adjustment, on the clock, with ranking, and bragging rights. Nothing like some healthy learning and competition. Stay tuned!

With over 50+ years of elevator industry experience Maxton Manufacturing Company grew into a worldwide leader that holds the distinction as the largest single producer of hydraulic elevator control valves in North America (Made in USA). We serve all your hydraulic elevator OEM, new construction, modernization, replacement/repair, tech support and educational needs when it comes to the products we provide.

Its time…explore our website and APP to access resources you need daily…Online ordering, product specification information, valve calculator, our newsletter, how to contact us, and much more!


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Karl Keller (Marketing Director)
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Use #StandDown4Safety to promote the 8th annual event

WASHINGTON, DC – The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration announced today that it has scheduled the eighth annual National Stand-Down to Prevent Falls in Construction for May 3-7, 2021. OSHA encourages construction employers and other stakeholders to join the event to promote awareness and training to address one of the industry’s most serious dangers.

“Workers suffer serious and fatal injuries from falls and have a devastating impact on families and businesses,” said Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health James Frederick. “This important collaboration with the construction industry encourages employers to learn how to better control fall-related hazards and improve their safety and health programs.”

OSHA developed the fall prevention campaign, as part of the national safety stand-down and in partnership with the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, National Occupational Research Agenda, and The Center for Construction Research and Training. Since 2014, this collaboration has helped train nearly 10 million workers on fall prevention.

OSHA encourages everyone to use #StandDown4Safety to promote the event on social media, and to share feedback after their events and obtain a personalized certificate of participation.

OSHA’s Fall Prevention Stand-Down webpage offers a wide range of compliance resources in many languages, including Spanish, Polish, Russian and Portuguese.

Under the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970, employers are responsible for providing safe and healthful workplaces for their employees. OSHA’s role is to help ensure these conditions for America’s working men and women by setting and enforcing standards, and providing training, education and assistance.

Learn more about OSHA.

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Release Number:  21-367-NAT

Denver, IA – January 2021 - Schumacher Elevator Company is pleased to announce the appointment of Bret Abels to the newly created role of VP of Business Development, effective January 25, 2021.

“We are pleased to welcome Bret to our team as we continue to expand our market presence in the Midwest and invest in the growth of our business,” commented Jeff Schumacher, CEO of Schumacher Elevator. “In his new role, Bret will help identify strategic business opportunities for the company and will serve as a member of our management team.”

Bret comes to Schumacher with over 30 years of experience in the industry, most recently as President and Chief Operating Officer of O’Keefe Elevator in Omaha, Nebraska. He sat on the board of the National Association of Elevator Contractors for three years and served as president in 2016. He also served as an Elevator Escalator Safety Foundation officer for two years.

“I am excited for the opportunity to be part of a successful family owned busines that has pride in their products and employees,” Bret stated. “I love the industry but the most important thing to me is being proud of your company and what you do. I look forward to being part of the Schumacher team and working to help enhance the company’s future.”


About Schumacher Elevator
Established in 1936, Schumacher Elevator is a well-known and respected family owned and operated company that designs, manufactures, installs, and services custom passenger and freight elevators throughout the Midwest and provides wholesale equipment to partners throughout the United States. Schumacher Elevator is based out of Denver, Iowa and built on a solid foundation of high quality custom products and excellent customer service.


Wessex has announced that Graham Taylor has joined the Wessex Team as the VP for the North American market. Mr. Taylor has over 40 years experience within the accessibility industry, and his knowledge extends to all aspects including manufacturing, installation, and sales of accessibility solutions and products. He has worked closely with architects and builders to ensure successful completion of accessibility solutions throughout the UK and the USA.

Managing Director Paul Hillman notes “We are excited to announce the appointment of our new Vice President for our North American Market. Graham Taylor is a great addition to the Wessex team and brings with him a wealth of experience in the accessibility industry. Together with his knowledge and our extensive product range, we will expand our dealer network, continue to deliver a personal service to all our amazing dealers, and ensure our customers always receive 5 Star service. We are extremely excited for the year ahead!”

Mr. Taylor commented that "The combination of the Wessex quality products and my extensive knowledge of the American market offers the opportunity to bridge the gap between people who need quality accessibility equipment, and a manufacturer who can provide that equipment here in North America. I am looking forward to this new venture and am confident of its success. I cannot wait to get started."

Wessex have been designing and manufacturing an extensive product range of home lifts and platform lifts from our head office in Romsey, Hampshire in the UK for over 40 years. Over the years we have built a solid dealer network throughout the UK, Europe, North America and Australia which helped us establish great recognition for our products and solutions.


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