March ’18 Elevator Constructor

Brothers and sisters:

The Kone team of Jeff Lindell, Brendan Hyland, Matt Hardin and Chris Cipro were awarded the Elevator World Project of The Year 2018 for their work on the modernization of the RTA escalators at Tower City Center. The story featured in the January 2018 issue of the magazine highlights the challenges the team had in the completing the project. Not only did the team have tight deadlines to complete units in time for the Republican National Convention and St. Patrick’s Day which swells the ridership from 30,000 to over 100,000 riders for the single day, there was also the Cleveland Cavaliers championship parade crowd which brought over 250,000 people on RTA downtown for that single event.

RTA Project Manager Steve Hershman was quoted in part saying “I really have never seen such a dedicated, focused group of professionals who know their craft and know how to take care of issues — good or bad. Working in a very tight, confined space takes a good crew to do what they did on a very tight schedule.”

The upcoming issue of NEIEP’s LIFT Magazine features an article on the evolution of the escalator and touches on the issue of modernizing these workhorses of mass transportation. The issue in its entirety can be viewed online at, clicking on the Publications tab, LIFT and finally selecting issue 9. Look for the bound version in your mailbox in the not too distant future.

Local 17 will be opening up its apprenticeship program to new applicants at noon July 16th. Interested parties can go to click on Careers and view the application information. It is important they follow the timelines for the application process in order to be considered.

The IUEC has moved around the territories of some of its organizers. As a result, Assistant Director of Organizing Dan Baumann out of Local 2 (Chicago) will now take over for Jim Lowery as the organizer for our Local. Lowery will still keep an active role in several ongoing efforts.

Where are they working?

Craig Nolty and Dan Koprowski installing two cars at the Cleveland Clinic for Otis,

Jim Thompson and Pat Pollock doing a mod at Crystal Towers for Otis,

Bob Brady and Cory Huhn doing service work for Otis,

Heath Kramer and Jon McCuan doing a door mod at Progressive Field for Thyssen,

Joe Simcic and Morgan Armstrong installing a car sat 2101 Superior for Otis,

Scott Villanueva and Zach Miller doing service work at Tremont Lofts for Otis,

John Patton, Robin Eaton, Todd Ross, and Joe Gauker, cabling at the Federal Office Tower for Kone,

Dave Gnagy and Matt Carlton doing a mod at W. O. Walker for Schindler,

Kevin Driscoll and Jason Tischler cabling at Cleveland State University for Schindler,

Pat McCann and Brian Owens doing a four-car mod at PNC for Thyssen,

Tim Wood and Nick Meyer doing service work at Miles Elmardge for Thyssen,

Shawn Yatsko and Robert Timko doing a mod at Moreland Courts for Schindler,

Joe Sumph and Brian Bond doing a mod at Berkshire Condos for Schindler.


The Brothers and Sisters of Local 17 send condolences to the families of retired Brother Joe Tako who passed away December 30th, Brother Dan Tinner who lost his father and Brothers Ray and Ken Bowles whose mother passed away December 28th.

As of this writing there are one mechanic and four apprentices on the bench.


Until next month,

Work smart, work safe and slow down for safety.


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