August 22nd, 2012, marked the beginning of the end for two of America’s home elevator and lift brand names – Access Industries and National Wheel-O-Vator. On that day, global elevating giant ThyssenKrupp announced the imminent closure of its North American division, ThyssenKrupp Access. There will be no more new production – and soon, no more new parts – for TKA, National Wheel-O-Vator, LEV, Access Industries, and other brands established or acquired in the history of ThyssenKrupp Access.
In their decision to shutter the operation, ThyssenKrupp officials cited manufacturing issues and the sluggish economy. Unfortunately, the bad economy is about to get even worse for TKA employees, who will soon find themselves out on the job market again. We wish the best for all of these fellow elevator professionals, and hope that they will be able to find new employment quickly.
As TKA employees wonder about the future of their careers, the many owners of TK Access elevators and lifts are wondering about the future of their installations. How will they get spare parts and qualified service with the American TKA brands cut adrift?
Country Home Elevator was founded by a former American Stair Glide engineer and longtime TKA dealer, Craig Jones, CET-S. We will be using this experience and expertise to help take up the slack for owners of TKA products. Contact Country Home Elevator for all your TKA parts and service needs.
We are saddened by the loss of employment for TKA staff. Ultimately, however, the home elevator industry will live on – with young companies like Symmetry Elevating Solutions building new and greater innovation on the foundation of the past.