Elevator Owner in Japan Adapting to a new COVID-19 World

An elevator owner in Japan posted a few pictures recently showing how he is adapting to a new COVID-19 world, SoraNews24 says. One photo, titled, “You Never Know Who’s Been in There Before You,” shows a group of passengers apparently dressed as COVID-19 as if for Halloween, standing ominously inside an elevator cab. It’s actually pretty funny. The other is more utilitarian, showing blocks of Styrofoam holding scores of toothpicks next to the elevator button panel and outside the elevator. The second, toothpick picture, raised a few issues with this scenario, such as the toothpicks being too closely packed together, and the fact that someone sneezing or coughing on them could ruin the whole lot. The best suggestion: “One of the toothpicks should have ‘winner’ written on it, like popsicle sticks do, and then get a prize.

thyssenkrupp Syracuse Branch Gives Back

In the spirit of the holidays, we’d like to share this story, originally submitted by Matthew Reichin, Branch Manager for the Syracuse, NY thyssenkrupp office.

The Syracuse Branch of thyssenkrupp Elevator recently celebrated the holidays with a buffet for nearly thirty team members. This year’s celebration featured the branch’s second annual toy drive to benefit local families in need.

The branch was humbled to hear from Bob Frateschi (L), Gifts in Kind coordinator (United Way of Central New York); and Haider Sakhizada (R), housing coordinator for InterFaith Works of Central New York.

The Gifts In Kind program manages donations of goods from both local and national companies, matching those gifts with member nonprofit agencies that can use them best.
This year’s recipient, InterFaith Works of Central New York, addresses the needs of low-income, vulnerable people through education, service and dialogue.

A Visit to the Elevator Museum in Massachusetts

Text and Photos by Caleb Givens

The International Union of Elevator Constructors Local 4 Union Hall is tucked behind a few industrial facilities in Dorchester, Massachusetts. Housed in this building, in a large, open conference room, is the Elevator Museum. It is the shining physical presence of the Elevator Historical Society’s efforts to preserve the history of the elevator and escalator industry.

Your author visited Steve Comley, who is truly taking the museum from good to great. Comley is a longtime elevator man, getting his taste of the industry at an early age, thanks to his father, James, who purchased Embree and White Elevator in Lynn, Massachusetts, in 1972. “I loved the dirty old elevator machine shop,” recalls Comley. “It was fascinating to me as a kid — the noise from the flat-belt pulleys running across the ceiling, the smell of the cutting oils on the machines and the smoke from the welding. They used to cast and completely build elevator machines there.”

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