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Irving, Texas - Smartrise Engineering, the Irving, Texas-based elevator controller company, recently launched its new customer portal, once again showing how Smartrise is finding new ways to improve the customer experience. Smartrise customers can claim their account through their sales representative, then head to to access all the benefits of the portal.

Customers will be able to track shipments from Smartrise’s warehouse to their final destination, find all their drawings, reports, and manuals in one place, and add team members to the portal to streamline the Smartrise purchasing process. With additional features soon to come, the Smartrise Customer Portal emphasizes how much Smartrise values their customers having the best possible experience when purchasing a Smartrise controller. “We are proud of the development and launch of this portal," said Smartrise General Manager Juliette Burns. "By giving customers all the information about their projects right at their fingertips, the portal will make working with Smartrise easier than ever."

If you want to learn more about the Smartrise Customer Portal or to claim your account, contact your sales representative, email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or call us at 469-678-8000.

ABOUT SMARTRISE: Founded in 2005, Smartrise Engineering is the largest independent elevator controller company in North America. Headquartered in Irving, Texas, Smartrise uses open market technology to create an elevator controller that is simple to install, easy to use and maintain, and is backed by our industry-leading technical support team. This dedication to quality has led to Smartrise winning the prestigious Ellies Award for Best Supplier of Controllers in 2019 and 2020. To learn more about Smartrise, head to our website,



Karen Long Retires

Karen began her career at Peelle September 1986 as Engineering Secretary. She quickly worked her way up to Sales Secretary and then to Sales Representative within only a few shorts years. Most recently, Long was promoted to Regional Sales Manager for Canada.  

She and her husband Darin will be retiring to their lake house in the Kawartha Region (Canada). They are both looking forward to spending more time with their children, grand-children and doing more outside activities such as boating, 4-wheeling, and traveling.

Salvatore (Sal) Severini Hired

Salvatore Severini III has joined the Peelle New York team in the capacity of Sales Representative. Sal grew up across the river from New York City in Union, NJ where he currently resides. Sal attended the Rutgers School of Engineering in New Brunswick, NJ where he played for the Rutgers Club Soccer Team, he graduated in 2019 with a Bachelors in Industrial/Systems Engineering. After graduation Sal worked as an Associate Consultant with Turtle and Hughes. Sal prides himself on handling clients and effective communicate and is excited to start his next chapter at Peelle.

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Louisville, KY, May 3rd, 2021 – American Elevator Group (“AEG”), today confirmed their investment in Abell Elevator International (“Abell Elevator” or “the Company”), further expanding their ability to serve customers throughout Kentucky and North Carolina.

Founded in 1910, and subsequently acquired by industry veteran Kent Lloyd in 1976, Abell Elevator specializes in the installation, maintenance, modernization, and repair of all types of equipment, with a particular focus on offering energy-efficient, environmentally responsible elevators.

David Lloyd, President of Abell Elevator, and son of Kent Lloyd, describes their dedication to the environment as a principal value, saying “We have always sought to offer our customers the very best technologies available, recognizing the solutions we provide will need to remain relevant for decades to come.”

David’s brother Sterrett Lloyd, acknowledged the acquisition by commenting “I have personally known the AEG leadership team for many years. I am delighted that Abell Elevator has determined that the next chapter of their development will be with a group committed to building upon Abell Elevator’s well-established legacy of excellent customer service, and technical expertise.”

AEG Vice President Ken Harmon added “We always look to add the very best service operations to our growing collective. Abell Elevator was certainly one of the easiest choices we have ever made.”

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
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(917) 267-7769

 ### 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
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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
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