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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.

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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.


For further information about our products and services visit our website today at


January 28, 2021

Augsburg – Even if interlift 2021 should differ from past trade fairs in some respects - it will take place in October as planned! This was the clear conclusion of the last meeting of the trade fair advisory board and the VFA-Interlift. On the one hand, this is supported by the coherent hygiene concept developed by organizer AFAG in cooperation with the responsible authorities for interlift 2021, which will enable the world's most important industry platform to be held safely for exhibitors and visitors. The concept is based on the current status and will be continuously adapted to current developments (for details, see attachment and Irrespective of this, the vaccination campaign launched at the end of 2020 promises to bring about a noticeable easing of the situation.

interlift 2021: First international industry meeting after more than a year

For the industry, interlift will be the first real get-together after a long time. The current 300 exhibitors from 22 countries are counting on this. Among them almost completely the leading suppliers of components such as Fermator, Kleemann, Meiller, Montanari, Orona, Prisma, SafeLine or Wittur,. Together, they currently occupy almost three quarters of the 2019 exhibition space, which is more than encouraging given the current situation and the large number of trade shows planned in 2021.

Extensive joint ventures planned for the most important sales markets

In 2021, interlift will again present large joint participations. From Italy, the two associations Anica and Anacam are reporting a demand of over 500m² each, China is planning about 1,000m² like as last time. For the first time, a comprehensive participation from India is also likely to come to fruition; preparations for this are currently underway.

International leading decision makers expected at Augsburg

Crucial to the continued success of the interlift is the high quality of its visitors in terms of their competence in investment decisions and their high level of professional qualification. In 2019, the survey of interlift visitors by Gelszus Messe Marktforschung produced the following result: 87%* are involved in investment decisions, 37%* even decide on their own! Even if interlift 2021 does not set a new visitor record - the quality of visitors is likely to increase even further. The proportion of Europeans among foreign guests could also increase: In 2019, the share from Europe was 76%, from Asia came 13%, from America 8%, followed by Australia (2%) and Africa (1%).

VFA Forum interlift: The thematic focuses

The main topics for the VFA Interlift Forum have already been determined: In addition to new products and services, the focus will be on national, European and international standardization, international markets, digitalization and safety. The detailed offer will be provided on the homepage of the VFA Interlift e.V. and interlift 2021.


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January 14th, 2021

New York – American Elevator Group (“AEG”), today confirmed the acquisitions of New York’s Dunwell Elevator (“Dunwell”), and Eltech Elevator (“Eltech”), significantly expanding AEG’s service capabilities across the city.

Established in 1982, Brooklyn’s Dunwell Elevator is an independent provider of elevator maintenance, repairs, modernizations, and inspection services across New York City’s five boroughs.

Bronx-based Eltech Elevator, founded in 1985, provide elevator maintenance, modernization and repair services serving the entire New York metropolitan area.

Chris Todd, President of AEG’s Pride & Service Elevator, regards these investments as an exciting opportunity, commenting “Dunwell and Eltech are joining a formidable force in New York’s elevator service sector. I am looking forward to working closely with both businesses as we explore business synergies together to better serve our customer portfolio, made possible by AEG’s creative growth strategy.”


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.

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