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Minden, NV- On November 3rd and 4th, 2021 Maxton provided elevator control valve training classes for 20 elevator mechanics from Island Elevator in Bohemia, NY. These continuing education classes provided the mechanics with credits (4.0 credit hours) through the NAEC’s approved Certified Elevator Technician program. These sessions are made up of classroom instruction and practical application through valve adjustment and troubleshooting with the Maxton TA4M training unit.

Here are just a few comments from mechanics in attendance…

“The class given by your Maxton reps reminded me that you can always learn something new. I have 16 years in the elevator industry, and I was able to take multiple new steps from the presentation. Learning that I can actually run a car through the valves if I’m troubleshooting a shutdown will be extremely helpful. Thank you for coming and sharing your knowledge and I would highly recommend this course to anyone in the industry,” said Mike Skaee.

“The learning experience on the valve itself helped me understand more on how the Maxton valves work . Plus anytime you get to try something new is always a good thing for your mind to process. So it’s definitely going to help me better myself and the craft that I love,” said Mike Garcia.

“I am very glad we had the Maxton valve training class. The guys broke down the valve to individual parts and showed me parts that I didn’t even know existed…I enjoyed them putting us in scenarios that we could come across in the field…and just to tackle one problem at a time. After this class I found the troubleshooting guide a lot easier to comprehend and to diagnose the problem accurately. Overall very happy with my experience.” said Evan Miller.

“Actually, I used what I learned with Maxton’s training and applied it the next day to return an elevator back to service, it was a dirty coil,” said Joe Jacovina.

“As a pretty green elevator person when it comes to valve adjustment, I thought the hands on training was exceptional. Gives the inexperienced a head start. Makes valves less intimidating. Excellent training,” said Zach Zukowski.

“Jay Weichert reached out for CET classes for his team back in the fall of 2020 and it was great to finally make that happen. Island Elevator has a special group that demonstrated positive collaborative teamwork when resolving the hands on valve troubleshooting and adjusting. I can’t say I’ve seen an example like it in my 11 years of holding these trainings,” said Karl Keller Marketing Director.

After 50+ years Maxton Manufacturing Company has grown 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 OEM, new construction, modernization, replacement/repair, and CET educational needs when it comes to the products we provide. Explore our website for more information.

Maxton Manufacturing
Karl Keller (Marketing Director)
1728 Orbit Way
Minden, NV 89423
PH: 1-775-782-1700
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August 10, 2021

CANTON, OH—Brandyn M. Eckhart has been promoted to President of AFD Industries, according to Richard E. Vinciquerra.

A native of Seattle, WA, Eckhart began his career in the elevator industry at AFD Industries in 2016 as a sales representative and was promoted to National Accounts Manager in 2018.

Eckhart is a graduate of Malone University in Canton, OH with a B.A. in communications. He also attended Chabot College in Hayward, CA, where he earned an associate degree in social science.

In addition to his role at AFD, Eckhart will assume the position of President of LMG Industries, an AFD subsidiary located in Hammond, IN.
AFD Industries has more than 60 years’ experience in supplying high quality components to the elevator industry. With corporate operations in Canton, OH, its products are stocked in warehouses strategically located throughout North America. For more information, visit


Contact: Richard Vinciquerra, President/AFD Industries, Inc./330-452-3300/This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.



Wurtec is excited to announce that Blake Pilgrim has been promoted to President of the Wurtec Group. Blake has been with Wurtec for nine years, two of which he led Accounting and Human Resources, four years as our Director of Operations, two years as Director of Sales & Marketing, and as of recent our Vice President of Sales.

Blake has spent the last four years reporting to our Board of Advisors to ready himself for this position. Blake will provide general management leadership along with implementation of strategic plans and build upon existing sales opportunities and efforts. The President has direct responsibility over the Finance, Engineering, Sales/Marketing, HR/People Operations, and Operations department heads. Blake will work closely with Steve Wurth to support the Wurtec Core Values, Employee Engagement, Company Focus, and Annual Budget.

Steve Wurth will continue to hold the office of CEO and Executive Chairman, with a primary focus on vision, customer relations, and innovation at Wurtec. Steve will also work as Wurtec’s culture champion to ensure customer satisfaction and employee engagement.

With this announcement, Joel Wooley has been named to Wurtec’s leadership team as Director of Sales and Marketing. Joel has 26 years of industry experience, of which many were in leadership roles.

Wurtec feels these changes position Wurtec for another 36 plus years of innovation, excellent customer experience, and an engaged workforce.



Miami, FL, July 1st, 2021 – American Elevator Group (“AEG”), today confirmed their investment in South Florida Elevator Service Corporation (“SFES” or “the Company”), the second of several anticipated acquisitions throughout Florida and the Southern United States, following their earlier acquisition of St. Petersburg-based Right Way Elevator in April 2021.

Established in 2015, SFES provides their full range of services across the South Florida region, with particular emphasis on maintenance, repairs, violation corrections and new equipment installations.

President and CEO of SFES Emilio Paneca welcomed the investment from AEG, commenting “Although we are a relatively young business, now is the time to accelerate and capitalize on our growth opportunities. The strength and resources available to us through AEG will guarantee that we quickly achieve our true potential.”

Robert Schaeffer, CEO of D & D Elevator, who will be assisting Emilio and SFES Vice President Armando Amat, welcomed SFES to AEG, saying “I am excited we have been able to include SFES within our portfolio of the nation’s best service operations. AEG acknowledges the potential for strong business development in Florida, and with SFES and other quality businesses that we expect to join us soon, we will continue to grow apace.”

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.



Irving, Texas: Smartrise Engineering is now including a 5-year warranty for every C4 and Hydro:Evolved controller sold, once again changing the way business is done in the elevator industry. If you previously purchased a C4 or Evolved controller, this also applies to you, as your warranty has been extended to 5 years as well.

It is Smartrise’s commitment to quality and our absolute faith in our controllers that allow us to offer such a long-term warranty. “Smartrise controllers are the most reliable in the industry and are built to last, so extending the warranties on C4 and Hydro:Evolved is an easy choice,” said Smartrise CEO Gilbert Zogbi. “We hope that with this warranty building owners, contractors, and consultants that choose C4 and Hydro:Evolved controllers will have peace of mind knowing that Smartrise will have their back longer than anyone else in the field.”

To learn more about Smartrise and our controllers, head to