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Presidential Facial Hair – Razor Blades – Elevators

Ranking the pantheon of presidents of the United States is somewhat of a pastime. You can look at everything from GDP to foreign policy to find the right criteria.  However, one of the more creative rankings of our Grand Poobahs comes in an area often overlooked; the category of facial hair. There has been more than one chief executive sporting whiskers of various lengths in a myriad of styles, so ranking them can be a challenge. I will give it my best shot here. By the way, be patient this really does have something to do with elevators.

96053-004-859609B6One cannot forget the almost alien looking Martin Van Buren. His fin like sideburns was an obvious attempt at trying to direct people’s attention away from his bald head. Also, despite his facial growth, it is not true that he was the inspiration behind the “Shape of Water”. He was sporting his fancy whiskers before the word “sideburns” was invented (what a trendsetter). But because he does not have the full beard or mustache, I have to rank him third from the top.


chester_arthurChester A. Arthur likewise rejected the conventional full beard (although very close to it) for a more creative choice of facial hair. His mutton chops and stylish mustache gave him a look that few tried to pull off. One can only wonder how things would have been different for Richard Nixon if he had gone with the “Chester A. Arthur”. He is an easy number two on the list.


1200px-James_Abram_Garfield,_photo_portrait_seatedFor a true manly, man’s beard you have to look no further than James A. Garfield. Using the metric of thickness plus length puts him just a whisker above other great presidents. Yes Benjamin Harrison and Ulysses S. Grant went full on beard but far and away Garfield’s was the best. He is number one!



b1d218b89c4ed5bae56bafabb259fb5cThere are many runner ups to these facial hair giants such as Teddy Roosevelt, Grover Cleveland, the venerable Abe Lincoln and the absolute best soup strainer of the them all on the face of of the rotund William Howard Taft. Taft was the last american president with a notable mustache while in office. He served as president from March 4, 1909 – March 4, 1913. Since that time all of the presidents have been clean shaven.

Just a few more paragraphs to the elevator part of the blog. Keep reading. Who is to blame for the absence of facial hair on our more recent leaders and candidates? The safety razor carries much of the blame. It spelled the end of the bushy, bearded seekers of the oval office. Although other safety razors were available before 1913, Gillette created a safety razor that was widely distributed to troops in World War I (1914-1918). So gas masks would fit snugly, beards and long whiskers became forbidden on the Western Front.  The men who served in the armed services were allowed to keep the shaving apparatus and the habit of shaving daily. So ended the reign of mustaches and beards.

Since that time and until recently, Gillette and Schick dominated the world of shaving with largely the same bill of fair; blades and plastic handles. To improve perceived quality they simply started slapping on additional blades and more substantial handles. As they were a near monopoly, prices went up, and up and up. Other than the electric shaver, shaving cream and the disposable safety razor remained top of the heap.

Then entered a new age of shaving. Tired of the old-fashioned and overpriced blades, online and delivery blades became all the rage. The difference: not much (if any) in quality, but delivery had changed the game of shaving forever. The new startup companies were so successful that in 2017 some of the big boys started direct mailing their blades as well.

Elevators (see I told you I would get to elevators) are now at the same crossroads and delivery of the product has now changed forever. The result is the old-fashioned way of installing an elevator is soon to go the way of facial hair on the face of a presidential candidate. Why? Because now a commercial quality elevator can literally be installed in a couple days not half a year. The product is still the same, the method of delivery is the only real thing that has changed. If you don’t believe me take a look at this video.


There are no more delays due to weather (trust me it was cold when the video was shot) or trades crossing over each other’s paths. Just a handful of days, a crane, and a couple of elevator technicians doing what a full-blown team over several weeks had to do in the past.

It is time to reconsider. Fix your elevator pain points, break away from the old-fashioned ways, and contact us for a quick quote on you next multi-story project. We make elevators easy. Let us show you how.

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New Year, New Growth for PME

Move to Finish 4In this past year, Phoenix Modular Elevator has made tremendous strides forward in its effort to provide an alternative to stick built elevators that is also faster and easier to install. We have moved to a brand new facility that has improved our quality and speed, with elevators flying through our production process.

We have also added more team members that do everything from welding and drywall to improving the manufacturing process. As a result, we remain the fastest installing commercial, quality elevator available, with the shortest lead time (eight weeks if it’s standard). Due to our unique design of the hoistway and elevator components all in one, there is no better way to have a quality elevator installed in any construction project.

But we are not satisfied with standing still. Our goal for 2017 was an ambitious 40% growth over 2016 and we have surpassed that goal. But reaching that goal did not come easy. We knew we had to be able to have the space to manufacture elevators that to go well above fifteen stories and to be able to produce elevators in larger and larger numbers simultaneously for jobs that need dozens of elevators, not just one at a time.  That is why the new facility was a must. It allowed us continued growth by providing the space we needed and a production line that was more efficient than the old factory location.  Now all of the production is on one floor with a much smoother work flow.

For 2018, we are again projecting 40% growth and to help push us further down the road, we again are building new space and adding an additional concrete apron around the facility to make dropping off materials and components easier, more efficient, and faster.

The new building will be constructed and operational by March of 2018 and will house our maintenance team. They are the folks that keep all of the machinery of the factory up and running. The site will be complete with a repair bay for the fork trucks and other large equipment. This will greatly diminish down time, thus improving productivity. It will also give us the space we need to develop and maintain more production equipment.  We have great ideas to improve our methods and now we will have the space to make them a reality.

Lastly, we have plans to expand the line even further. We have not broken ground yet, but plans are on the drawing board! This is a very exciting time for Phoenix Modular Elevator and we are looking forward to a happy New Year indeed. We hope your’s is just as prosperous.

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All Aboard – Modular Elevators

Train in DurangoThere was a time when black, steam powered locomotives would huff and puff into the station, take on water and coal, load up with cargo and passengers and the conductor would yell, “All aboard!” It signified the train was leaving the station and if you weren’t on the train and ready to go, you would be left behind in a cloud of steam, smoke, and coal dust.  The analogy has been used countless times when writing about new innovation and being a part of a movement forward or advances in technology.  You don’t want to miss the train and be left behind.

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When Faster isn’t Really Faster

1_thumbRecently, it was announced that the CTF Finance Center in Guangzhou, China broke records as the fastest elevator in the world to date. Believe it or not, it travels at an astounding 46.9 miles per hour straight up! Wow! An elevator in Shanghai, China (Shanghai Tower) finishes in second place with a speed of 42.8 mph and the fastest North American elevator clocks in at a paltry 22.7 mph in comparison. It is located at the Freedom Tower at 1 World Trade Center in New York. It is a bit slower but the show you get going up and down is worth it.

As it turns out, the elevator in your building is not breaking any world records, but, unless you are in the Willis Tower in Chicago or the Empire State Building in New York, you probably don’t need a three million dollar monstrosity that can hit highway speeds. Keep in mind that the world record holding building has a total of 95 elevators and only two elevators are the super fast ones and they only go from the first floor to the 95th where the world’s highest hotel resides. As a matter of fact, the CTF Finance Center has 52 medium and low speed elevators, as well as the two speed-demons.

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Piecing it all together

Puzzle FinalBy Russ Ward

My mother loved doing jigsaw puzzles. The more difficult the better, as far as she was concerned. These puzzles became family projects that we all worked on, especially in the winter while we were cooped up in the house on snowy days.

My mom was no novice of puzzle completion and had a strictly adhered to plan in putting them together that made a lot of sense: start with turning all of the pieces to the picture side and then find all of the corners. From there, the rest of the edge pieces were found and put into to place, making an outline of the picture. The rest of the puzzle, one piece at a time, would then follow.

Construction, especially with modular components, is its own kind of puzzle…Find out how modular can help with the puzzle of construction projects.

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Snake Bit – Fear and the Elevator Business

curie_lab_photoby Russ Ward

“Nothing in life is to be feared, it is only to be understood. Now is the time to understand more, so that we may fear less.” – Marie Curie

Fear is one of the most powerful emotions, as it can create anxiety, foster poor decision making and even immobilize the victim. I, for instance, suffer from ophidiophobia, or fear of snakes. It really is beyond just being scared of them or a simple dislike. It is a deep hatred, and when it comes to snakes, my judgement is indeed clouded.  For instance, I live in a rural area and so you hear tall tales of the scaly creatures ending up in everything, including toilets and car dashboards. When my mind drifts, it tends to drift towards a myriad of “What if’s?” What if a snake gets in the bathroom? What if a snake is in my car? What if I see one in my yard? This has led me to keep a garden hoe within arms reach of my front door, just in case.  I check my car thoroughly each morning before hopping in, and I tend to hover more than relax, if you know what I mean. Click to find out how fear can lead to bad decisions.

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