Monthly Archives: April 2013

Press Release: Pride and Service Elevator Announces Acquisition of The Elevator Man Inc.

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APRIL 24th, 2013 NEW YORK, NY – Pride and Service Elevator announces their acquisition of The Elevator Man Inc., a privately owned elevator service business in Bronx, New York.  Located in New York City, Pride and Service has over 30 years of experience providing maintenance, repair and modernization services to their customers.  In a strategic move to further grow their service business in the Tri- State area, Pride and Service decided to acquire The Elevator Man Inc.  The transaction was finalized on April 17th, 2013.

Kathy Danziger, former president of The Elevator Man stated “due to the untimely passing of my husband Ken Danziger in 2012, I believed the best solution was to find another Local #3 elevator company who would provide our customers with the same level of service that we have been providing for over 20 years.  Pride and Service was the perfect fit.”

“The Elevator Man Inc. is known for their quality work and commitment to their customers,” said Michael Todd, president of Pride and Service Elevator. “We are excited to take on this acquisition and we want to welcome The Elevator Man’s customers and employees to Pride and Service.”

Both Pride and Service and The Elevator Man Inc. are affiliated with the local #3 elevator division. Pride and Service’s acquisition of The Elevator Man Inc. assures the continued support of the local union. Pride and Service Elevator is dedicated to providing their newly acquired customers with the same quality and commitment that they have come to expect.

If you would like more information, please contact Pride and Service Elevator at 855-779-0100 or online at http://www.prideandservice.com.

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5 Ways to Avoid Elevator Accidents

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In an earlier blog post, we talked about some important elevator safety tips. While elevators are extremely safe machines, with plenty of back-up mechanisms to prevent accidents – they can still happen.

Here are 5 ways to avoid elevator accidents in your building:

1. Stay vigilant. Keeping a building’s elevator system in good working order takes constant vigilance. The building superintendent can be the first line of defense in keeping an elevator running smoothly. When visiting buildings that you manage; ask the staff about problems or complaints regarding the elevator service.  A good staff person will keep a log of response calls and problems.

2. Dust free. If there is dust on the elevator equipment in the machine room, that is a sign that the equipment is not being well-maintained. A good elevator maintenance company, such as Pride and Service, will check the equipment regularly and keep everything clean and dust free.  If you are noticing signs of neglect, give Pride and Service a call for better service.

3. Elevator should be level at all times. Mis-leveling is a sign that the brakes are worn. This is when the elevator always stops a little above or below the floor, rather than precisely at the floor. If you see mis-leveling occurring in your elevators, you must report this immediately.

4. Be patient. If you are in an elevator and it has not stopped normally, do not try and crawl out of the cab. Wait for a qualified help to arrive before you attempt to leave the elevator. Push the alarm button and wait for someone to respond to you.

5. Do not rush into an elevator with closing doors.  One of the most common elevator accidents happen when people think, no matter what, the elevator door will not close on a person. While this is true in most cases, it is possible that elevator doors can cause serious injury. It is always best to wait for the next elevator when you are approaching an elevator with doors that are closing.

Modern elevators are very safe.  If an elevator’s decent reaches a certain speed, an independent powered speed governor trips a safety switch that activates the elevators brake on the hoisting machine.  If the elevator continues to accelerate, the governor causes safety clamps to grip the guide rails, bringing the elevator to a smooth and safe stop.  Other devices prevent elevators from moving with open doors, or doors from opening when an elevator has not reached a landing.

For more information about how to avoid elevator accidents in your building, contact Pride and Service Elevator.

 

Upgrading Your Elevator’s Interior

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For several minutes a day many people are confined to a five-foot by six-foot space with five to ten other people in an elevator that has not been upgraded from a decorative perspective for years. Does this describe your buildings elevators? While few of us drive automobiles that are twenty years or older, many buildings utilize elevators that have not had an interior upgrade for the same amount of time!

Riding in an elevator is often an anxious time for passengers.  When asked, many passengers will respond that they feel more comfortable riding in a well-lit, well decorated elevator.  By upgrading your elevator’s cab interior, it will show that you have the building’s residents and visitor’s best interest in mind.

If you are planning on upgrading the interior cabs of your elevators, please keep in mind that this is a specialized business. It is not equivalent to, let’s say, remodeling an office ­– unless entire office moves up and down within the building. When you upgrade an elevator cab interior there are a number of things that you must take into consideration:

1. How much do you want to spend? It is not unusual for people who have never done a major elevator cab upgrade to think that $500 will do the job. A typical budget price for elevator cab upgrades is $9,000 to $15,000. This would include new wall panels, handrails and possibly a new ceiling.

2. How much weight are you adding? An elevator is a moving device, not a closet. Adding or reducing weight can affect the leveling accuracy of the elevator. Often, elevators need adjustments after an elevator cab is modernized. If this is necessary, you should expect to pay for an elevator crew to tweak the equipment a bit. It may not be possible to add the fancy marble interior panels you are thinking about.

3. How will the elevator be used after the interior upgrade? Will you use elevator pads to protect the interior every time a delivery is made or a piece of equipment is placed on the elevator? If not, perhaps you should consider a more durable wall material. Perhaps you have seen a beautiful new cloth covered cab interior, carefully chosen by an interior designer or architect. Check it out six months or a year later. Does it still look as nice?

You have to make sure that materials meet and exceed all safety standards and fire code requirements. Pride and Service has been in business for over 25 years and knows very well how to make sure elevators are following proper codes and requirements. We know that the interior design of your elevators can create an aesthetically pleasing experience for each passenger and improve the overall look and feel of the building. From panels to handrails and carpets – there is so much you can do to create a modern, beautiful space.

Ready to take your elevator’s interior design up a notch?

What if elevator riders could watch the news, check the weather, or glide their finger across a touch screen to select their destination? All this is entirely possible and is already popping up in elevators across the country. New trends in cab renovations include lightweight materials and innovative fixtures, including monitors that display news, weather, or other information of interest. Some buildings have their elevators equipped with touch screens, where riders can select their destinations and view other information about the building.

Call Pride and Service

If you are thinking about renovating and upgrading you’re the interior of your elevator cabs, Pride and Service can help. Contact us today and learn how we can help you turn your elevator cabs into an aesthetically pleasing and modern space that all your visitors will love.