Below you will find several articles on modular elevators and elevators in general. We hope you find them interesting, informative and often times humorous. If you have any questions about the subject matter please contact us at your convenience. If you want a full listing of all of our articles on modular elevators please visit our blog Easy Up. We welcome any an all comments.


Lincoln – Footprints on the Ceiling

I remember a Classics Illustrated comic book from my youth telling the tales of Abraham Lincoln. One of the stories involved Lincoln gathering a group of younger boys and having them step in the mud with their bare feet. As a prank, Lincoln held each of them upside down and had them walk their feet across the kitchen ceiling, leaving muddy footprints as they went. When his stepmother, Sarah Lincoln, came home and saw the muddy footprints on her ceiling, she threatened to spank him.

Lincoln was 6 feet 4 inches tall at the time, and I can all but imagine seeing the future President bent over his stepmother’s knee, stovepipe hat and all. Also, his stepmother’s initial reaction to the unnatural site of footprints on her ceiling would have been priceless.

Read the rest here and get the secrets of our footprints.

Hotels Plus Modular is the The Perfect Solution

Phoenix Modular Elevator portfolio.

Hotels built prior to the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) have a decided disadvantage when meeting the needs of potential customers. With only stairs to transport guests to upper floors, people with some disabilities have limited choice of the rooms they can occupy. It also means that people who do not want to carry luggage up a flight of stairs may seek other accommodations.

This issue  will likely grow. With the graying of America, the number of disabled persons will continue to increase from the 57 million current reported by the US Census Bureau. That is a whole lot of people that a hotel without an elevator may not be serving well, or at all.

Hotels need a vertical transportation solution. Click here to find out how we can solve hotel elevator problems. 

Phoenix Modular Elevator Wins Award of Distinction

World of Modular Award of Distinction, MBI, Modular Building Institute
Phoenix Modular Elevator (PME) has been recognized by the Modular Building Institute at the World of Modular Conference by being presented an Award of Distinction. The award-winning project features a modular elevator for Center Grove High School in Greenwood, IN, the site of the newly built Ray Skillman Stadium.

The purpose of the ADA- and gurney-compliant elevator was to access the two-story press box at the top of the bleachers, allowing both people and equipment to be moved more efficiently. The elevator has nearly 50 feet of travel with a 3500 lb. cab capacity and is finished in school colors. PME was tasked with ensuring the elevator would be ready for the start of football season, less than three months away when the project began. The total time for the completed functioning elevator to be designed, built and installed was only 78 days. In comparison, a similar sized stick-built elevator would have taken 8 months or more. Read more!

Grand Opening Success for Phoenix Modular Elevator

The Grand Opening was a huge success. PME got to demonstrate elevator manufacturing.
The official grand opening for Phoenix Modular Elevator was a tremendous success! Nearly 100 of our friends and partners came out for a celebration that included a ribbon cutting, a few words from Mt. Vernon Mayor Mary Jane Chesley and Phoenix President Allison Allgaier and facility tour.

For the first time the public was able to see the new 25,000 square foot manufacturing plant that is now the largest modular elevator manufacturing facility in North America. The visitors got to witness production and hear from the team that assembles the modular elevators. With the new building the factory is more efficient and the team has more room for larger jobs and more elevators.Click here for the whole story and photos. 

Phoenix Modular Elevator Scores a Touchdown

Phoenix Modular Elevator is one of the leading elevator manufacturers.
Center Grove High School in Greenwood, Indiana, wanted to make a big splash for their home opener. To do so, they planned to debut the Ray Skillman Stadium, a brand new, state of the art football and track facility that was to be a point of pride for the high school and community.

The problem? As kickoff loomed near for the Center Grove Trojans, one piece of the plan was still needed: the elevator. This was a crucial piece of the project, as the elevator was required for access to the two-story press box. A stick-built elevator was not a viable alternative, as building the hoistway from the ground up and installing the necessary elevator components would have takes months to complete. A faster solution was needed…click here for the success story.

Real Life Example of Savings with Modular Elevator

What is the difference in the two elevators pictured? $100,000. One of the most common questions we get asked is, “Will installing a modular elevator save us money?” The easy answer is that it depends. But, we thought we would let you know a real world example that shows the potential savings. A job was bid on by four companies for a simple two stop hydraulic elevator added to an existing building with a matching brick facade for a state housing authority. Of course the elevator had to meet all Illinois codes and were ADA compliant. The results are stunning! Click here for the stats.
LULA Means Limits

LULA means limits, when you want to buy an elevator a limited use limited application choice maybe your best choice.
Limited Use/Limited Application (LULA) elevators have many advantages that make them an ideal elevator solution for low-rise projects. They help building owners comply with ADA Accessibility Guidelines, they can be less expensive than a commercial passenger elevator, and the smaller size might be just right for the space. However, LULA means limits and it’s important to remember one important aspect of LULA’s. As the name implies, they come with limitations.

Before buying a LULA, make sure there is a clear understanding of use and application. More than once, we have seen a perfectly good LULA succumb to the constant need for attention and unusual wear patterns in places where there shouldn’t be any. Often, this is due to an unrealistic understanding of the LULA’s capabilities when purchased. Click here for the case study!

Time – The Most Precious Commodity

Russ Ward Marketing Manager Phoenix Modular Elevator Time of installation means more revenue.

Russ Ward – Marketing Manager

By Russ Ward – Being raised in the the 1960’s and 70s, my friends and I actually lived scenes from movies like Stand By Me and The Sandlot, as well as television shows such as The Wonder Years.  We were close-knit compadres, and many life lessons sprung from the hijinx and innocence of suburban neighborhood living in small town America. Even today when the “gang” gets together to reminisce about days past, there are still nuggets of knowledge that we glean from the stories we tell. For instance, while speaking with a childhood friend recently, I learned an important lesson about time and how precious it is.

That friend was Abe, one of the brightest, most introspective men I know. However, this wasn’t always the case. He, as was the whole gang, was a victim of poor teenage driving habits, often confusing the left pedal with the right.  Read the rest and find out about time savings and modular elevators. 

Peace University – Install Time Laps

People ask how long it takes to install a modular elevator and as this video demonstrates, the modular unit is completely installed in a matter of hours. Once in place the installation is completed by a certified elevator technician. This project was completed by Resolute Elevator.


Elevator Manufacturer Grows – New Plant to be Located in Mt. Vernon

Elevator Manufacturer Phoenix Modular Elevator grows.
Elevator Manufacturer Phoenix Modular Elevator is growing. And every once in awhile, you have to blow your own horn. So here we go! As of January 1, 2017, Phoenix Modular Elevator has a brand new location!

As most of you that follow our Facebook page or Twitter account  know, we are growing. We have been working over the past several months to upgrade our capabilities through an improved production facility. The work is now finished and we are moved in.

For nearly 20 years, we have been manufacturing elevators out of an old shoe factory in Mt. Vernon, Illinois. The factory was in the middle of town. While historic, this building was far from ideal. Read the rest of the story here.

Quality of a Factory, Versatility for the Designer

Quality factory built elevators are what Phoenix Modular Elevator Does.

The assembly line revolutionized the way almost every business has made products since Henry Ford rolled his first Model –T’s out of the factory doors in Detroit, Michigan. The revolution increased quality, speed and lowered prices simultaneously. Exact tolerances could be obtained in the factory environment that were not obtainable before large line production became common place.  Due to the ever increasing efficiency of the assembly line, speed of production also increased. The first Model-T’s took over twelve hours to build. By 1927 the total production time was less than 30 seconds.

What is unique about the assembly line is that it allowed for faster production while increasing quality and driving prices lower. This means that prices for the product diminish as better products are produced. Read more about manufacturing quality elevators here! 

Ship in a Bottle

Elevator Design and Ship in a bottle don't seem to fit, but they do.

I had a great uncle on my father’s side of the family that lived on big farm in relative seclusion. I would go for a visit with family occasionally and the one thing that I remember most about those visits was that he had a ship in a bottle. For the average ten year old before the advent of video games and tablets, it was pretty exciting to see. One evening I was sitting near the fireplace staring at the model stuck behind the green glass. I must have been concentrating pretty hard because my uncle came over and asked what was so interesting.

As a child I only had one question. “How did they get the ship in the bottle?”   He went on to explain that the creator slowly crafted the model, folded down the masts and sails and then poked it all into the hole at the end of the neck. Find out what this has to do with elevators here!

Old Ways – Breaking Dated Thinking

Old ways are not best ways regarding elevator installation.
A lecturer once told a familiar story about a young newlywed that was preparing a roast for her husband. It is a good lesson about breaking old ways of thinking so I will retell it here.

The husband was watching his new wife as she prepared a roast for their first meal together. Before she put the roast in the pan she cut off the end. This made him curious so he asked, “Why did you cut the end off?” She replied, “I’m not sure it’s the way my mom always did it.” Now she was the one that was curious and called her mom and asked her why she always cut the end off the roast before cooking it. Her mom said she didn’t know why either, but it was the way her mom always cooked roast. Read the rest of the article here. 

Architects Modular Solution

Architect love the flexible design and drag and drop drawings available.
[/ezcol_2third_end]Architects modular solution. Being an architect is one of the most demanding occupations in existence.  Years of study, combined with formal training and on the job experience, is required. Added to the mix is the pressure of perfection coupled with a demand for creativity. Sometimes there seems like very few ways for architects to escape the woes, stresses and strains of the occupation they have chosen when working on a project.

One solution to lighten this load is to consider modular construction for some project building components. Oftentimes, modular solutions are easily incorporated into drawings and plans with drag and drop capabilities. Modular elevators fall into this category. They provide a fast, simple solution for vertical transportation, as well as a flexible hoistway  and car design. Read the rest here!


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