Monthly Archives: March 2009

National Elevator Industry, Inc. Celebrates 75th Anniversary


  • National Elevator Industry, Inc. has 75-year track record of positive impact.
  • Organization is a leading proponent of safe building transportation for new and existing products and technologies.

SALEM, N.Y. (March 31, 2009) – The National Elevator Industry, Inc. (NEII) is celebrating a 75-year milestone. Though incorporated on March 9, 1934, NEII’s origins can be traced back to the first joint meeting of elevator contractors that took place in 1914.

NEII, formerly the National Elevator Manufacturing Industry, Inc., was formed by elevator contractors to create standard guidelines that promote safe building transportation. The association focuses on new and existing elevator products and technologies, as well as promoting the adoption of codes and specifications by local government agencies. As early as the 1930’s, the organization was instrumental in its negotiation of the Standard Agreement with the International Union of Elevator Contractors (IUEC) and later established the National Elevator Industry Health, Pension and Education plans.

“NEII members are incredibly proud to celebrate the 75th anniversary, reflecting on how the organization has evolved over the years and recognizing the vital role that NEII still plays in the industry,� said Ed Donoghue, Managing Director of NEII. “The need for an organization that focuses on safety and codes is especially necessary as the building transportation industry continues to progress with new technologies and advanced systems.�

History of Positive Impact
The first meeting on record between elevator contractors took place on May 25, 1914. The outcome of the meeting was the formation of a sub-committee, which would be known as the Elevator Manufacturers’ Association (EMA) and its purpose was to prepare the first constitution and set of bylaws for the overall organization. The inaugural EMA convention was held later that year, in October, where papers were presented on several issues, amongst them “Code of Elevator Regulations,� “Patent Situation,� “Elevator Specifications� and “Standard Forms.�

In 1934, the EMA became the National Elevator Manufacturing Industry, Inc. which it remained until 1969, when it reorganized once again—becoming the current National Elevator Industry, Inc. (NEII).

In 2002, NEII again reorganized, forming two different membership categories: Regular Members and Trust Members. NEII Regular Members focus on code, standards, safety, communications and government affairs, whereas the Trust Committee (elected by Trust members) is responsible for administering NEII rights and obligations regarding the National Elevator Industry benefit plan and educational programs.

Over the years, NEII has continuously found ways to improve its services to make them as efficient and beneficial as possible for its members. In 2006, NEII developed a local code regulation database, CodeFinder, available on the NEII Web site to full regular members. The NEII CodeFinder database is an essential resource for elevator industry professionals in North America. It serves as an online catalog of elevator industry codes, standards and regulations, as well as modifications, local interpretations and historical data. The database has made it easier than ever for professionals to access codes and stay up-to-the minute on changes in codes.

That same year, NEII was instrumental in the development of a code for new technologies with its creation of the Performance Based Code (PBC). NEII had proposed the PBC in 2002 to a joint meeting of the ASME A17 Standards and CSA B44 Technical Committee after observing challenges in the code enforcement process. The existing Safety Code for Elevators and Escalators, ASME A17.1/CSA B44, contained prescriptive language to address state-of-the art technologies. Lack of a uniform process for assessing the compliance of new technologies indicated a need for a safety code that addressed these products. To this end, the PBC serves as a comprehensive method for specifying safety requirements for new elevator technologies. The PBC was approved by the ASME A17 Standards Committee in 2006. In 2007, NEII introduced a Web site dedicated to promoting the adoption of Performance Based Safety Code for Elevators and Escalators, ASME A17.7/ CSA B44.7 (PBC),

About NEII
The National Elevator Industry, Inc. is a national trade association that represents the interests of corporations, firms or companies that, as part of their regular business, manufacture elevators, escalators, or moving walks (including parts and components); or install, repair and maintain related equipment. Trust membership is available to those corporations, firms, or companies who, as part of their regular business, employ members of the International Union of Elevator Constructors (IUEC) and contribute to the benefit trusts (Trusts) established by agreements between the IUEC and NEII. NEII promotes safe building transportation and works with various organizations on the formation, adoption and enforcement of the latest codes and standards. For more information about NEII, log on to

ANSI Issues First Set of Accreditations under Pilot Accreditation Program for Elevator/Escalator Certification Organizations

Washington, DC, March 17, 2009: The American National Standards Institute (ANSI), coordinator of the U.S. standards and conformity assessment system, today named three Accredited Elevator and Escalator Certification Organizations (AECO) that were part of the pilot program launched by ANSI in February 2008.

The following Certification Bodies are the first to be recognized under the AECO program, which operates according to requirements defined in the international standard ISO/IEC Guide 65, General Requirements for Bodies Operating Product Certification Systems, and in ASME A17.7/CSA B44.7, Performance-based safety code for elevators and escalators.

With hundreds of thousands of elevators and escalators transporting citizens in North America each day, manufacturers are eager to demonstrate the safety and reliability of their products. Through this program, AECOs are accredited by ANSI to evaluate and certify elevator and escalator systems, subsystems, components, and functions. These products are evaluated against the guidelines of ASME A17.7/CSA B44.7, a standard that was developed jointly by ASME and the CSA. Those that meet these guidelines can be certified.

“The AECO designation demonstrates that accredited organizations are competent and capable at assessing compliance to standards that help assure the safety and reliability of elevators and escalators,” said Lane Hallenbeck, ANSI vice president of accreditation services. “ANSI congratulates the three organizations that achieved accreditation under the first round of this new initiative.”

Third-party accreditation by ANSI enhances the credibility and value of the process by attesting to the competence and qualification of Certification Bodies to act as certifiers, offering them a significant distinction from their competitors in the marketplace.

ANSI values the importance of accreditation in enhancing consumer safety and international trade. The Institute’s portfolio of accreditation services includes programs for a wide variety of product certification bodies, such as AECOs, personnel certification bodies, greenhouse gas validation and verification bodies, and standards developers.

In 2007, ANSI signed a Multilateral Recognition Agreement (MLA) with the International Accreditation Forum (IAF), bringing worldwide recognition and acceptance to the Institute’s accreditation program for product certification bodies.

“Mutual recognition of product certification eliminates duplicative conformity assessment costs for importers and exporters on a global scale. It also helps reduce technical barriers to trade, assuring that evaluations of competence can cross borders,” explained Hallenbeck. “ANSI is pleased to extend the benefits of our 2007 signatory to the IAF MLA to our new Accredited Elevator and Escalator Certification Organizations.”

About ANSI
The American National Standards Institute (ANSI) is a private non-profit organization whose mission is to enhance U.S. global competitiveness and the American quality of life by promoting, facilitating, and safeguarding the integrity of the voluntary standardization and conformity assessment system. Its membership is comprised of businesses, professional societies and trade associations, standards developers, government agencies, and consumer and labor organizations. The Institute represents the diverse interests of more than 125,000 companies and organizations and 3.5 million professionals worldwide.

The Institute is the official U.S. representative to the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) and, via the U.S. National Committee , the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC), and is a U.S. representative to the International Accreditation Forum (IAF).