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Dayton, OH, Jan. 20, 2017: Dayton, Ohio based Ritz Safety LLC, one of the largest privately-held safety companies in the U.S., announces the acquisition of Lone Star Safety & Supply, headquartered in Dallas, Texas and with additional branches in San Antonio, Texas and Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, effective December 1st, 2016. Lone Star Safety has served the safety industry in the South Central region of the U.S. for 44 years with a motto of “We keep the people, who are building America, Safe”. Lone Star Safety, a full-line personal protective equipment (PPE) and facility safety product distributor, offers a full array of rental equipment and is a certified repair center for self-retracting lifelines. The acquisition of Lone Star Safety marks the fourth strategic acquisition in the past 18 months for Ritz Safety, after acquiring Mobile, AL-based Safety Source Inc. in July 2015, Portland, OR-based Public Works Supply Inc. in May, 2016 and Medina, OH-based Slate Rock Safety in June 2016. Ritz Safety has also grown organically, with new or expanded facilities in Tampa and Pompano Beach, FL; Houston, TX and Indianapolis, IN, over the past two years.

Ritz Safety’s acquisition of Lone Star Safety will continue to position the combined organization as a local, regional, and national supplier to the industrial, agricultural, construction, mining, manufacturing, service, waste, oil and gas, ship building, and other industries, who are looking for assistance with their PPE requirements and consistent employee safety compliance. “The acquisition of Lone Star Safety continues to expand our national footprint and shorten lead times to our customers. We also like the strong service, repair and rental options that the Lone Star team can provide to our existing customers in Texas and Oklahoma. We are excited to have Lone Star Safety and their employees join the Ritz Safety family,” stated Ken Fisher, President of Ritz Safety.

Ritz Safety began in 1983 as a family-owned business in Pompano Beach, FL. Over the past 33 years, Ritz Safety has grown into a respected, international distributor with over 200 employees nationwide. Ritz Safety maintains corporate offices in Dayton, OH and now operates thirteen retail/wholesale distribution centers, in Pompano Beach, Jacksonville and Tampa, FL; Medina, OH; Indianapolis, IN; Theodore and Bucks, AL; Houston, Dallas, and San Antonio, TX; Oklahoma City, OK; Las Vegas, NV and Portland, OR. Ritz Safety services over 5,000 national and international customers monthly, and stocks over 25,000 safety products. For more information, please visit


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Augsburg – The interlift 2015 was the biggest one so far. With 540 exhibitors, 20,440 visitors and 42,500 m² of occupied space it was able to set three new records. These will probably already be history in 2017. The current registration situation is at any rate indicating further growth of the world’s leading trade fair in elevator technology: the project management has currently reported almost ten percent more exhibitors at the interlift AFAG event manager than in October 2014. It should be taken into consideration here that many firms decide on participation much earlier than a number of years ago. In this way the top companies of the branch in particular secure their customary positions.

Interlift – continually successful since 1991

One criterion distinguishes the interlift from all other elevator trade fairs: continuity. Exhibitors of long years’ standing feel that it is precisely their consistency that is a significant factor for the success of the interlift. Since 1991 it has always taken place in mid-October in the exhibition centre in Augsburg. And since this time the exhibitors have always been dealing with the same persons or service providers. On the event manager AFAG’s side, project manager Joachim Kalsdorf, consultant Sandra Geissler, Winfried Forster who is responsible for communication as well as AFAG Technology & Event have for many years been the familiar contact persons for the exhibitors. In addition to this there is a line-up of reliable local partners such as the logistics specialists BTG and Schenker and the Augsburg municipal utilities which supply the exhibition stands with electricity, water and compressed air. An important port of call for overnight stays and touristic matters is the Regio Augsburg Tourismus GmbH. All these trade fair partners who work in a highly professional way have provided

The exhibitors with support and assistance for 25 years in some cases, and make participation at the trade fair considerably easier for them.

This continuity, also with regard to the contact persons, is seen at no other elevator trade fair. Changing locations, postponed dates, newly arising, competitive trade fairs in the same country or unfavourable economic developments – many other elevator trade fairs have to cope with sometimes considerable alterations of the framework conditions. And this has often proved to be problematic for the event and in some cases has even led to termination of the trade fair.

Good marks for AFAG team and trade fair service providers

The commitment of the AFAG and its trade fair partners is greatly appreciated by the exhibitors. 83% awarded the marks 1 (= very good), 2 or 3 for the support of the trade fair team. 85% awarded the marks 1, 2 and 3 for the overall organization by the AFAG. The worldwide advertising by AFAG for the interlift was also very well received by the exhibitors – for 88% of those questioned it deserves the marks of 1, 2 and 3.

Interlift: Networking is trumps

For exhibitors who are interested in taking part in an interlift, personal consultation is an invaluable advantage. It is also for this reason that the interlift project management is present right from the start at all elevator trade fairs worldwide. Particularly at such a successful trade fair as interlift, networking is a vital ingredient for project manager Joachim Kalsdorf.

Interlift 2017: Two thirds of the area already reserved

The planning of the interlift 2017 is running at full speed. Two thirds of the stand areas are already reserved. Interested companies should thus register immediately so that individual position requests can be considered where possible. The registration documents are available as a download at

VFA-Forum interlift 2017: A call for presentation offers

The forum offers companies and institutions an excellent opportunity of giving information and presenting themselves and their innovations and standpoints to international trade professionals and involving them in discussion. In 2015 there were 2,000 interested listeners from at home and abroad – that is, one in ten of all trade fair visitors – who made use of the VFA Forum interlift to gain information on the latest developments in current international elevator themes. You can find the main themes for 2017 and all important information here: Further information at the VFA interlift e.V. office, Ms Anja Gietz, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or tel. +49 (0)40 727301-50.

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Eklund's, Inc. is pleased to announce that Ryan Lewis has joined our sales team as Director of Business Development - Western Region.

At Eklund's, a nationwide provider of total elevator cab solutions, Ryan will apply his extensive business development and sales management experience to help Eklund's expand further into the rapidly growing western region. He'll spearhead all sales and marketing efforts for Eklund's western territory including California, Arizona, Nevada, Washington, Oregon, Utah, Idaho, New Mexico, Colorado, and Hawaii.

Ryan will work closely with customers within the western region to provide solutions for custom elevator cab interior projects. Customers include elevator companies, property managers/owners and general contractors. He'll also lead efforts to educate architects and vertical transportation consultants about Eklund's custom cab capabilities and StreamLine standard product line.

Prior to joining Eklund's, Ryan held several management positions in the vertical transportation industry.

Western US customers, please reach out to Ryan for any upcoming projects or questions regarding custom elevator cab interiors!


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Director of Business Development - Western Region
cell: (702) 286-1367
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June 01, 2016 (Oshawa, Canada) ─ EHC Global (EHC), a leading manufacturer of escalator and elevator components, announced today the retirement of Ron Ball, the company’s Founder, Chairman and Managing Director of EHC’s Eastern Region operations. Ted Hornbein, EHC's General Manager, Asia Pacific, will assume the role of Managing Director, Eastern Region and will report directly to Jeno Eppel, President and Chief Executive Officer of EHC. Ron will continue to be involved in EHC as a strategic advisor.

In 1977, Ron established Escalator Handrail Company in Ajax, Canada, with only one employee, a long-term vision and an international growth strategy. By the early 1980s, the company had successfully expanded into the United States and had established a presence in several international markets. Soon after, Ron expanded the company’s global reach to Europe by integrating EHC into the supply chains of larger firms and OEMs and eventually establishing EHC’s first overseas manufacturing company in Germany in 1992. In the mid-1990’s, anticipating China’s increasing importance in international business and rapidly expanding domestic market, Ron relocated to Shanghai and successfully established EHC China, the company’s largest operation to date. Over the past decade, EHC has continued to grow its global footprint with the establishment of sales and distribution centres in Brazil, Barbados, France, the United Kingdom and Spain. In 2005, Jeno Eppel was appointed President and Chief Executive Officer of EHC.

“With EHC celebrating its 40th anniversary in the coming months, I felt that this was the opportune time to officially retire from the business and enjoy more time with family and friends,” said Ron Ball. “I am proud of the many accomplishments we have achieved since our humble beginnings and have complete trust and confidence in the leadership and commitment of Jeno Eppel and the entire EHC team.”

“On behalf of the EHC family, I would like to thank Ron for his vision, leadership and the many contributions he has made to the company, the local communities we support and the global lift industry over the past 40 years,” said Jeno Eppel. “We remain committed to growth, innovation and continuing Ron’s legacy for decades to come.”

About EHC Global Inc.

Established in 1977, EHC Global Inc. (EHC) is a leading manufacturer of handrails, rollers and lift components for escalators, elevators and moving walks. Each day, EHC helps millions of people all over the world move safely and comfortably in public transit systems, shopping centers, airports, office buildings, hospitals, condominiums and other metropolitan spaces. EHC is committed to developing sustainable solutions that optimize safety, enhance value and meet the challenging demands of OEMs, designers, building owners and facility managers. To accomplish this, EHC employs top material scientists and engineers and continues to invest in R&D, product development and next-generation polymer and composite extrusion technology. EHC has manufacturing and distribution facilities in Canada, Germany, Spain, France, Brazil and China and a global network of sales offices including Barbados, Mexico, Slovakia, United Kingdom and the USA as well as EHC partners in all major markets globally. For more information about EHC, visit

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ST. LOUIS, MO July 15, 2016 /PRNewswire/ — ATIS Elevator Inspections, a subsidiary of American Testing & Inspection Services (ATIS), is pleased to announce it has acquired ALLSAFE Elevator Inspectors, Inc. (ALLSAFE).

ALLSAFE was established in 2004 and provides test witnessing, inspection and certification services for elevators, escalators, moving walks, lifts and other mechanized conveyances in Central Florida. The company has been led by current owners Anthony (Tony) and Sharon Vittorio since its inception, and is one of the most respected elevator inspection companies in Florida.

ATIS Elevator Inspections is headquartered in St. Louis, Missouri and is the second largest conveyance inspection company in the United States, providing safety inspection and test witnessing services for elevators, escalators, moving walks and other conveyances. In an effort to significantly expand its footprint, ATIS is hiring qualified elevator inspectors and making select acquisitions throughout the country.

“We have been working diligently to strengthen our Florida operations, and the addition of ALLSAFE to our team accomplishes just that,” said Tim Sauer, President & CEO of ATIS Elevator Inspections. “Tony and Sharon have assembled a terrific team of QEI’s, and we are thrilled to have them become part of the ATIS family.”

“I have been very aware of ATIS and their impressive expansion and growth over the past three years,” said Sharon Vittorio, Vice President of ALLSAFE. “ATIS’ approach to customer service and elevator safety is a perfect fit for ALLSAFE’s clients.”

“We have developed a strong presence in Florida, and the addition of ALLSAFE makes us that much stronger,” said Chip Smith, Chairman of ATIS. “ALLSAFE is a respected inspection provider in Central Florida, and we are excited about combining forces. This is great news for our employees, customers and the riding public.”

About ATIS:

ATIS is a national provider of testing, inspection and certification services in support of its customers’ building compliance needs.

Contact information:

Tim Sauer President & CEO
ATIS Elevator Inspections
Toll Free: 855.755.ATIS