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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.

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.