This month, we are sending our appreciation and support to Handi-Lift Inc. of Carlstadt, New Jersey. Congratulations to Bob Grigorov, James Boydston and the rest of the great professionals at Handi-Lift. Their installation of a LULA Elevator at the Mediterraneo restaurant in White Plains, NY has earned them the Garaventa Lift Project of the Month for October, 2017.
The elevator is a three-stop unit installed right in the middle of this new modern and upscale restaurant. It is a very impressive installation. The location of the elevator within the establishment ensures it is seen as an architectural centerpiece. The elevator was supplied with a custom-colored aluminum and glass enclosure by Garaventa. The elevator cab is also aluminum and glass.
The top landing is connected to the top seating area by a beautiful catwalk. The view from this area is spectacular, since all of the exterior walls are made from tinted glass panels.
It is common in today’s business world for manufacturers to show appreciation to their best customers for their support. What is not so common is for best customers to formally show their appreciation to their suppliers. That is what happened yesterday here at Garaventa Lift.
One of our best customers is McKinley Elevator Corporation of Irvine, California. They have been Top Performing Garaventa Lift representatives for years. Many times in recent years they have finished as our Number One dealer in the world. As a gesture of their appreciation for Garaventa Lift and our dedicated staff, they treated our entire staff (nearly 200 people) to a BBQ lunch. They even stepped up to cook! Our sincere appreciation goes out to Kevin Rusin and Mark McKinley for making the trip to our facility for this event.
We are fortunate to have the best dealers in the industry representing our products. Having these same people spend time and money to show us their appreciation makes us realize how strong these partnerships are.
This month we are profiling a beautiful Genesis Opal vertical lift. It is installed prominently at the new Wolf Restaurant in Oakland, California. The Genesis Opal provides an ADA-compliant accessibility solution. Wheelchair users and other members of the public who have difficulty using stairs will be able to utilize it.
In this case, the Opal is used at the front entrance to the restaurant because the main entrance is located above grade. This is a very common accessibility problem. The lift is a good solution because it takes up much less room than a switchback ramp. It is also easier to use for people in wheelchairs. The owners opted to include a beautiful, ornate steel gate at the entrance. The gate blocks off the lift after hours, protecting it from misuse or vandalism. The gate and the lift were painted to match.