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Sacramento, CA: Smartrise Engineering, Inc. announces the release of its custom, pre-labeled Traveler and Hoistway Cables. “We decided to offer custom cabling along with our elevator controller to make installations more simple and expedient,” said President and CEO, Gilbert Zogbi. “With the wires pre-labeled to match the terminal name on the Smartrise Controller, our simplified solution will help to prevent wiring errors and reduce installation time.”

Smartrise has two styles of the Traveler Cable and one for the Hoistway Cable. The Traveler Cables have composite conductors, textile braid, steel or jute core, and PVC jacket. They both come with four shielded, jacketed pairs with an extra shielded pair for other use. One version comes with a coaxial. These Traveler Cables are the smallest in the industry with diameters of 1.29” and 1.185”. These cables have the following approvals: UL Type ETT, NEC Compliant, CSA Type ETT, and CSA FT1.

The Hoistway Cable has a core of one insulated conductor and filler; with 20 insulated conductors in the 2 layers. The binder is nylon with an open spiral wrap. This cable has the following approvals: UL Hoistway, NEC Compliant, and CSA Hoistway.

The pricing is competitive and Smartrise has received positive response from its customers.

For more information on these cables, visit and look under the “Product” Tab.

About Smartrise Engineering, Inc.:

Smartrise Engineering, Inc. is an industry leader in the production of non-proprietary elevator controllers. We have been in business since 2004 and have over 15,000 controllers installed throughout the US, Canada and the rest of the world. Smartrise is headquartered in Sacramento, CA.


Smartrise Engineering, Inc.

Tammy Holley, Marketing Manager

916-457-5129, ext. 318

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O’Keefe Elevator Company is pleased to announce the historic election of new officers. The new officers are: Dennis B. Wychulis, Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer; Bret A. Abels, President and Chief Operating Officer; Alan L. Gilmore, Senior Vice-President and Secretary; Sam M. Sennett, Vice-President Service; and Scott D. Ethington, Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer.

After 44 years with O’Keefe, the last twelve as President, Wychulis is stepping away from day to day operations of the business. He will stay active in an advisory role to the executive management team while pursuing other personal interests. Abels has been with O’Keefe for 28 years, most recently as Senior Vice-President. He will oversee all day to day operations of the company. Gilmore has 34 years with O’Keefe and will continue his duties as head of new construction. Sennett has 20 years of experience in the elevator industry. The last twelve years with O’Keefe have positioned him to assume duties previously performed by Abels. Ethington is in his fifth year with O’Keefe, previously as its Controller.

The vote of the board was historic in that Abels becomes the first President who is not an O’Keefe family member. Since its founding over 100 years ago by Denis O’Keefe Sr., all five presidents prior to Abels were family members. The grandchildren of Denis Sr. still own 100% of the business. They are all represented on the Board and unanimously approved this new executive team.

O’Keefe is the largest full service elevator company operating in Nebraska and Iowa. O’Keefe is the exclusive distributor for ThyssenKrupp (formerly Dover) elevators in the two state area.

Abels, in addition to his new duties as president of O’Keefe, is currently serving as the president of the National Association of Elevator Contractors. NAEC is an association of approximately 700 members composed of elevator contractors, suppliers, consultants, and other professionals in the elevator field.

Interlift 201716 - 19 October 2017 / Messe Augsburg / Germany

The Messe Augsburg is best equipped for the growth of the interlift trade show / Action in the international lift markets has generated additional interest in the world's leading trade show for the lift industry

Augsburg – The organiser of interlift, AFAG, is counting on the strong continued growth of this top international exhibit. At the upcoming interlift 2017, plans will therefore include use of the Cube and one additional temporary exhibition hall, the Pavilion. It will be integrated in the visitor circuit through a single connecting passage originating in Hall 3. Starting in 2019, the new and significantly larger Hall 2 will become available. This is scheduled for the next expansion phase of the Messe Augsburg's master plan, which has been consistently followed for the past six years.

Hall 6, which is being used by exhibitors for the first time, also offers expanded floor space. In 2017, approximately 1,500 m2 will be additionally available to our exhibitors. This is thanks to the fact that the interlift's Exhibitor Evening party is being moved to the WWK Arena, home of the Bundesliga FC Augsburg team, located in close vicinity. This solution proved to work ideally for GrindTec 2016, another AFAG trade show of comparable size. Last March, about 600 guests spent a very enjoyable evening in the stadium's exclusive business area. Shuttle buses will also provide fast and comfortable transportation to the exhibit hall during interlift.

Growing interest from Turkish component manufacturers

With 42 member companies at last count, Turkey ranks in 4th place – after Germany, Italy and China. At the interlift 2017, the number of Turkish exhibitors is expected to grow. The reasons for this are clear. First, with the loss of Russia, Turkish component manufacturers have lost their most important export market almost overnight. Some manufacturers see the upcoming interlift as the best platform to develop new international sales channels. Another positive aspect in this regard is the likelihood of visa-free entry of Turkish citizens into Germany in time for interlift 2017 – this is something that was a massive handicap until now, preventing many interested parties from visiting our trade show.

The state of the industry has not been made easier by the trade fair landscape in Turkey, which is becoming more complicated. In the meantime, three lift trade shows - and the organisations operating behind them - are trying to entice exhibitors and members.

The new lift trade shows in Cairo and Dubai are also becoming a problem for the shows in Istanbul and Izmir. Visitors from the Arab region, who had placed their orders at the Turkish trade shows until now, will be placing orders at their own trade events in the future. The exhibitions in Turkey are losing additional important target groups as a result.

Gaining ground: the Near and Middle East

The global lift industry is offering enticing prospects to the Near and Middle East. In fact, those knowledgeable of conditions in this region see realistic opportunities for growth, due to the rapid development in large cities in this area. Even more satisfying is the growing interest that organisers and organisations from this region have shown in the interlift leading international trade show, as confirmed by a number of meetings with responsible parties in the past few months. In particular, the meetings dealt with the organisation of visitor delegations to Augsburg. For one or another lift company, their presence at interlift could also be of interest.

Press contact

AFAG Messen und Ausstellungen GmbH

Am Messezentrum 5

86159 Augsburg

Tel +49 (0)821 – 5 89 82 –- 143

Fax +49 (0)821 – 5 89 82 – 243

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Technical Sponsor

VFA-Interlift e.V.

Süderstr. 282

20537 Hamburg

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John Gallagher has joined the PeelleNY Sales Team. John will focus his efforts on maintaining and building Peelle’s Freight Elevator and Passenger Door business in the Local 1 New York territory. John is a driven sales professional. He has worked as a sales executive for Fujitec America, Clifton, NJ for the past four years. During his time at Fujitec he was recognized for his continued and noteworthy success securing maintenance contracts as well as repair and modernization sales.

John studied Business Management at Bergen Community College and also studied Finance and Economics at William Paterson University. John also is an avid soccer fan and has been the assistant coach for the North Arlington Boys Varsity Soccer Team for the past 3 years. John currently lives in Nutley NJ with his fiancée Renee and they are expecting their first child at the end of May.

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G&R Custom Elevator Cabs, a Minnesota company, works with other cab manufacturers, county construction managers and vertical transportation consultants when planning multi-elevator modernization projects. The latest project was in Anoka, Minnesota. Helping the building visitors and employee’s feel comfortable and safe.