Thyssen-Krupp Access Shocks Accessibility Contractors by Closing Doors

On Wednesday August 22nd 2012, Thyssen-Krupp Access announced that they would no longer be accepting orders for new wheelchair lifts or home elevators.

For many of us in the accessibility industry, this announcement came as a big surprise. After all, TKA has been one of the industry giants for decades. All across the USA, dealers, architects and home builders were using products such as the LEV or Destiny Home Elevators, the Journey or Supra Inclined Platform Lifts or the TK Porch Lift or NWOV Vertical Lifts. Those people will now have to make alternative plans.

So what should architects and builders do? Garaventa Lift and our dealer partners are here to help. For decades, Garaventa Lift has benefitted from having partnerships with many of the most successful accessibility and home elevator contractors in the USA. The strength of our nationwide network of partners enables us to ensure that every phase of your accessibility or home elevator project will proceed smoothly.

If you require job-specific drawings, we offer free drawings on a fast turn around. Should you require assistance converting your project to a Garaventa Lift project, we make it simple. Our Prodesk Hotline can be reached by phone toll free at 1 (800) 663-6556 or by email at customerrelations@garaventalift.com. Our website has all our online brochures, product specifications, design guidelines and videos: http://www.garaventalift.com/en/products.html .

Discuss your design details with an expert and make sure your next project includes a Garaventa Wheelchair Lift or a Garaventa Home Elevator.

Email: customerrelations@garaventalift.com
Website: http://www.garaventalift.com/en/products.html
Phone: 1 (800) 663-6556

For more details on the closure of Thyssen-Krupp Access please see the following links to news articles from the Kansas City area:

http://www.bizjournals.com/kansascity/blog/morning_call/2012/08/thyssenkrupp-access-will-close-us.html

Hi I’m Vanessa – Garaven

VanessaMy name is Vanessa and I currently work for Garaventa Lift. We are a manufacturer of accessibility lifts, home elevators and portable wheelchair lifts that are sold all over the world. I got involved with this company in a large part because I believe very strongly in making the world more accessible.

I have had a lot of personal experiences in my life seeing how inaccessible many places are given the fact that both my best friend and my grandmother are handicapped.

I am excited to participate in this blog as a resource for those who are frustrated by  barriers which can hamper access to wheelchairs on a daily basis. I am also going to blog about the different advancements in accessibility equipment globally.

Caitlin (one of my greatest friends) has cerebral palsy and for the most part spends her life outside of her parents’ home in a wheelchair. While she can walk with a specially designed cane, she feels much safer in her chair. I have, countless times, carried her wheelchair up or down stairs so that we can get from point A to point B. Lucky for me she can walk while holding onto a railing, and her wheelchair isn’t too heavy!

My grandma has been struck by a bit of unfortunate luck in her right leg, and can only walk with a walker. I say unfortunate luck because she broke her knee cap running into a store to tell one of her friends that I had been born twenty five years ago. So as a kind of penance, and well because I just plain love her; I carry her walker wherever we need to go if there isn’t an accessible option.

Having recently graduated from university, I am looking forward to providing a resource for those who are looking at the different types of devices needed to make buildings or areas accessible for everyone.

If you have a question about the different types of accessibility lifts available on the market today, please send me a note and I will do my best to provide you the information to help you decide on what type of lift is best for your situation.

Vanessa