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What’s New in Modernization

Saturday, June 1, 2019

In today’s real estate universe, rising together with the ever-escalating heights of today’s “super-talls” is the incidence of elevator modernization, and there are numerous reasons why. Prominent among them is that these new structures and additional available space are creating competition for tenants and the market-driven need for landlords of existing properties to upgrade them to retain their current occupants and attract new ones. 


Friday, September 14, 2018

Elevator World, the elevator industry’s leading global trade publication, has announced Columbia Elevator Products as the winners of the prestigious Ellies Award in two key categories: Best Cab Supplier - Cabs and Best Supplier - Doors.

Captivating Cabs

Thursday, September 13, 2018

Interior design, whether in a home or business environment, is a major influencer on peoples’ impressions, moods, states-of-mind and desire/propensity to occupy a particular space. Life-defining decisions – such as whether to buy, rent, visit or remain in an environment – are made daily by millions of people, based on the way a space looks and how it makes them feel. 

Smooth Operators

Sunday, April 15, 2018

It is often said about life that when one door closes, another opens. And so it goes with elevator door operators: as decades-old methodologies fade into obsolescence, today’s cutting-edge technologies – such as the “Internet of Things” – are opening new views into the design, installation, functionality and maintenance of the equipment that governs the movement of elevator doors.

It is with sadness that Columbia Elevator Products pays tribute to its founder Lou Blaiotta

Thursday, March 1, 2018

Louis “Lou” Blaiotta, Sr., founder and Chairman of Columbia Elevator Products Co., Inc., died peacefully on March 1, 2018, in Calvary Hospital, Bronx, NY. Lou is survived by his wife of 64 years, Marie Blaiotta, his three children and three grandchildren: Margaret Gilhooley, her husband Paul, and daughter Maria; Dione Birdsall, her husband Tom, and son Dillon; LJ Blaiotta, his wife Laura, and daughter Alexandra.

Zero-Clearance Entrances in NYC

Friday, February 9, 2018

The use of zero-clearance entrances has long been a subject of confusion, particularly because they are unique to NYC. Fire-safety codes typically involve Phase I and II. In Phase I, when smoke is detected, all elevators cease up-and-down operation, redirect to the evacuation floor and shut down...

Columbia: A Critical New Path to Customer Service

Friday, November 3, 2017

On the cusp of a new year, Columbia Elevator Products is emerging with an all-new mission: to operate with a customer-centric mindset and promote an overall culture built around best satisfying the concerns and needs of all of its stakeholders (customers and employees alike).

Columbia Helps Southern California Grow “Up”

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

High-rise buildings, 1,000-plus-ft. in height, proliferating in southern California? That was unimaginable not that many years ago, but today, such structures – the largest of them known as “supertalls” – are dotting the West Coast landscape in increasing numbers and forming a typically more East Coast/Midwest-style urban skyline. For most of the 20th century, high-rise development in California was limited by seismic, financial and other practical issues.