Elevator Industry Leaders Expand Presence at SkillsUSA TECHSPO in Atlanta


TOPEKA, KS, June 19, 2024 – National Elevator Industry, Inc. (NEII), the premier national trade association providing advocacy, codes, safety expertise, and industry research for the elevator and escalator industry, in partnership with the National Elevator Industry Educational Program (NEIEP), will be returning to the SkillsUSA TECHSPO Trade Show June 24-28, 2024, at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta.

Last year was the first year the elevator industry leaders co-sponsored a booth at SkillsUSA TECHSPO where hands-on simulations helped students visualize a day on the job as an elevator and escalator technician. After a highly successful experience that included significant student interest and activity, NEII and NEIEP have quadrupled its booth space to provide attendees with a comprehensive overview of the various roles attendees can play in the future of the vertical transportation industry. And this year, the Elevator Industry Work Preservation Fund (EIWPF) will support the industry’s efforts as well.

“We are thrilled to be returning to SkillsUSA TECHSPO after our debut last year that exceeded our high expectations. Students eagerly stopped by the booth to learn everything they could about pursuing a career in the elevator industry, and their interest couldn’t come at a better time,” said Amy Blankenbiller, Executive Director of NEII. “SkillsUSA and its extensive talent pipeline is a vital solution to the skills gap challenges impacting many industries, including the elevator industry, and we look forward to engaging and educating this next-generation on the bright future of building transportation and the impact they can make.”

NEII and NEIEP will also host a networking breakfast for the teachers and sponsors of the SkillsUSA program nationwide. During this breakfast session, NEIEP and NEII will introduce the teachers/sponsors to the elevator industry and all of the opportunities available to students interested in exploring a financially and fulfilling career path.

The TECHSPO Trade Show, which features more than 200 exhibitors, is part of the SkillsUSA National Leadership and Skills Conference, which will feature more than 6,500 career and technical education students—all state winners—participating in a variety of trade, technical and leadership competitions.

SkillsUSA is a national organization with chapters in every state serving more than 380,000 middle school, high school, as well as college/postsecondary students interested in pursuing careers in trade, technical, and skilled service occupations. Its vision is to produce the most highly skilled workforce in the world, providing every member the opportunity for career success. SkillsUSA has inspired 14 million students and teachers since its inception in 1965.

“It’s so important that people curious about entering the elevator and escalator industry understand how many trade skills are incorporated into the work of an elevator or escalator technician. With our world class apprentice program, I’m confident anyone with building trade know-how will be successful and can find their place in this innovative industry,” added David Morgan, NEIEP Executive Director.

For more information on the elevator industry, go to neiep.org and neii.org and EIWPF.org.

About NEII

NEII is the premier trade association representing the global leaders in the building transportation industry. Its members install, maintain, and/or manufacture elevators, escalators, moving walks, and other building transportation products. NEII’s membership includes the six major international companies and several other companies across the U.S. Collectively, NEII members represent approximately 85 percent of the total hours worked within the elevator and escalator industry, employ more than 25,000 people in the U.S., and indirectly support hundreds of thousands of American jobs in affiliate industries. More information is available at neii.org. Stay up to date on the latest news in the elevator industry by following NEII on Twitter and LinkedIn.



NEIEP empowers union elevator constructors with the knowledge and skills they need to reach the highest standard of professionalism and safety in the industry. NEIEP’s purpose is to develop, implement, and maintain curriculum for members of the IUEC, offering a network of support throughout members’ careers. This support encompasses apprenticeship training, continuing education, instructor training, labs, and certifications. NEIEP’s core values can be summed up in a handful of words: safety, inclusivity, community, and support. These values guide the program’s commitment to providing the best education and support to the men and women of the IUEC, whether they are in class or on the job. Visit neiep.org for more information.


EIWPF is an industry-wide labor management cooperation committee. There are over 600 employers in the elevator industry across the United States and Canada and over 30,000 organized elevator constructors working for them. The fund was created for the purpose of improving labor-management relationships, competitiveness, productivity, organizational effectiveness, and economic development.



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