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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.

Tall Stories in the Big Apple

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Twenty-foot-high elevator entrances? At first blush, this sounds like the stuff of imagination or a futuristic movie set. However, this is the current reality at Tower 3 of New York City’s (NYC) World Trade Center (WTC) complex, where a major OEM is in the process of installing 44 such oversized entrances designed and supplied by its strategic supplier, Columbia Elevator Products Co. Inc. 

Compact Elevator Operators

Thursday, December 22, 2016

In today’s new-construction and modernization environment, it’s all about compressing time to save money and idealizing space to achieve maximized rental revenues. “To look at this in ‘elevator’ terms,” says Louis “L.J.” Blaiotta, Jr., CEO of Columbia Elevator Products Co., Inc. “The less space our elevators occupy, the more space the building owners have available to rent, and the more quickly and cost efficiently we can deliver these space-saving products, the more competitive and, therefore, happier, are our customers.”

Evolving the LU/LA Elevator

Thursday, June 9, 2016

LU/LA, that melodic-sounding descriptor of a certain kind of elevator, leaves people, even some industry professionals, scratching their heads as to its meaning and applications. The most common perception is that LU/LA cabs are used in commercial applications where hoistway space is confined, but, because of ongoing technological innovation and increasing demand, there is a rapidly growing LU/LA presence in the residential sector, as well.

Elevator Cabs as Art - The Evolution of Cab Aesthetics

Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Elevator cabs today can be seen as moving works of art in more ways than one. Louis “L.J.” Blaiotta, Jr., CEO of Columbia Elevator Products Co., Inc., opines: “It is incredible to me, in just the few decades that I have been involved in the elevator industry, cabs have progressed from being merely functional, sometimes-pretty vertical conveyances to serving as canvases upon which designers and architects express profound, revolutionary ideas — so much so that, in fact, the goal of today’s elevator ride can include extraordinarily delightful sensory experiences for the riding public.”

Focus on Modernization - Solving Two “Modern” Problems

Monday, February 8, 2016

As time has passed, and both the commercial and residential real-estate environments have continued to evolve, the concept of modernization has itself evolved to consider two very modern concerns: saving time and saving the planet. There is a variety of circumstances under which elevator modernizations may come into play. Owners of older buildings are increasingly “elevating” the looks of their cabs and entrances to compete for tenants with the many new, architecturally driven structures constantly joining the landscape. For similar reasons, some owners are completely emptying and rehabilitating entire properties, turning them into virtually new construction projects.

Industry Comes together at Columbia Headquarters

Thursday, October 8, 2015

To mark its 50th year in business (ELEVATOR WORLD, September 2015), on August 5-6, Columbia Elevator Products Co., Inc. hosted a two-day event at its corporate headquarters in Bridgeport, Connecticut. the milestone gathering launched with a cocktail party and dinner at Vazzy’s Restaurant in nearby Shelton, Connecticut, attended by principals and representatives from numerous segments of the elevator industry.

Columbia Elevator at 50

Thursday, October 1, 2015

Columbia Elevator Products Co., Inc. began over a half century ago with the word “no.”