Oct 30

Hankin’s D Hotel in Las Vegas Named Garaventa Lift Project of the Month

The overpass to the D Hotel in Las Vegas has a new Garaventa Genesis Enclosure wheelchair lift located adjacent to the stairs. The D Hotel, renovated in 2012, originally opened as the Sundance Hotel in 1980 but the owner was a mobster, so the local authorities made him use his minions to run the place. In 1983, the minions were charged with skimming. The mobster, a guy named Moe Dalitz, applied to take over running it himself, but the Gaming Commission stalled until he was persuaded to sell.

After a couple more owners and names, the hotel was sold to the current owners, Derek and Greg Stevens, in 2011. The renovated hotel now features The Longbar, reportedly the longest bar in the State of Nevada.

This installation was completed by Hankin Specialty Elevator. Congratulations to Neil, Brian, Dave and the rest of the crew. Thank you for submitting photos.

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Sep 30

4th Annual Give A Kid A Lift Named Garaventa Lift Project of the Month for September 2014

Today, we celebrate the 4th annual Give A Kid A Lift installation by naming this year’s project as the Garaventa Lift Project of the Month for September 2014. As always, the primary sponsors are Canwest Elevator & Lifts,  Garaventa Lift and Easter Seals. This year, Enhance Your Home Renovations has stepped up as the general contractor.

Wilfredo Aleman Jr.

Wilfredo Aleman Jr.

Each year, Easter Seals chooses a recipient who would benefit greatly from the installation of a new lift. The rest of the sponsors pitch in with fund-raising, time and/or materials to make it happen.

This year’s recipient is 16 year-old Wilfredo Aleman, who was born in Colombia with cerebral palsy. This was extremely challenging. Through sponsorship from Maple Leaf Foods, the family was able to move to Canada. Eventually, they settled in Calgary, where they have been welcomed by the community and the support network available to Wilftredo.

Wilfredo’s mother, Sofia, expresses her gratitude, “…now he doesn’t have a worry because thanks to (the sponsors) he can move freely in the house. Once again thanks and many blessings to Easter Seals, Canwest Elevator & Lifts, Enhance Your Home Renovations, Garaventa Lift and especially to all of the volunteers who donated their knowledge, their time and their work for my son to have a better future.”IMG_1948 IMG_1946

Sep 11

Garaventa Lift at NAEC 2014

The 65th Annual Convention and Exposition is underway for the National Association of Elevator Contractors. This year, it is being held in San Antonio, Texas. One of the important elements of the NAEC is the educational sessions, where attendees can learn about various topics affecting our industry and enhance their certifications as Certified Elevator Technicians and Certified Accessibility Technicians.

Here, James Boydston of Handi-Lift Inc., long-time Garaventa Lift representatives, teaches a class on the certifications programs, C.A.T. and C.E.T.

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