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Delta Elevator Equips New Development in Waterloo

Delta Elevator is equipping a new residential development located near the two universities at 131 University Ave Waterloo with a duplex MRL. The development at 131 University will be a 15 story building containing 92 – 1 bedroom units.

Take a look at this video for a detailed overview of Waterloo’s newest multi residential development.

Elevator World Magazine's June 2019 "People Issue"

We are pleased to announce that Walter Guderian, the founder and Chairman of Delta Elevator, is featured in Elevator World Magazine's June 2019 ”The People Issue“.

The honour is a fitting tribute to a true icon of the Canadian elevating devices industry!

The Newest Honorary Member of CECA (Canadian Elevator Contractors Association)

Congratulations to Bill Rogan, the newest honorary member of CECA (Canadian Elevator Contractors Association).

This is a well-deserved honour for a role model in the elevating devices industry.

Your integrity and customer focus have been and continue to be hallmarks of your approach to business, as evidenced by the success of Skyline Elevator.

The ownership and employees of Delta Elevator wish you many more years of accomplishments!

Elevating Devices Equipment Donation Takes Student Experiential Learning To New Levels

Durham College’s (DC) Mechanical Technician – Elevating Devices program prepares students to enter the trade – either as an apprentice, sales person or inspector. Read more to see how Delta Elevator plays a significant role in helping mechanics receive hands on training to develop their skills.

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The Early Days and Delta Elevator’s First Machine

Here is the story behind that one-of-a-kind contraption.

In July 1967, things looked bleak at Delta Elevator. Barely three month old, the company had earned a total of $300 in revenue. Not enough to make a living for its founder, Water Guderian.

But as happens in life, opportunities arise that can set the future course of an organization if seized at just the right moment. For Delta, that opportunity was the issuing of the “Bells and Whistles” directive in the summer of 1967.

This directive, known as Section 22, required all elevators in Ontario to be retrofitted with a constant pressure stop switch, a bell indicating when the inner door was open between floors, and an extended toe guard.

The University of Guelph was one of the first to respond to the directive and issued a public tender for the retrofit of its elevators. Delta Elevator submitted a competitive bid... a bid so competitive that they were given an opportunity to withdraw it because “it must contain an error it was so low”!

Nevertheless, Walter took on the work, figured out how to make the project profitable, and became somewhat of an expert at Section 22 retrofits in the Kitchener-Waterloo area. Delta Elevator eventually secured the contracts to do the work for Wilfrid Laurier University, University of Waterloo, and Mutual Life Insurance.

The rest, as they say, is history.

What many people are not aware of is the role Delta Elevator's first machine played in this work. The toe guard extension required quite a bit of metal work and cutting. Doing this by hand was a time consuming task, so Walter set about to find a better alternative. A standard band saw for steel was much too expensive at that time in the company's history, so the solution would have to be something less cash-consuming.

A trip to the local auction house provided the raw material: An old foot-powered Singer sewing machine and a band saw meant for wood.

Through the hallmark ingenuity that defines Walter, the two were married together to become Delta Elevator's first piece of machinery. The key to the undertaking was figuring out how to slow the high speed of the band saw (which is needed for working with wood) to the appropriate speed for working with steel. This was accomplished through a series of pulleys and belts, which are still visible under the sewing machine platform.

Today, Delta Elevator's Manufacturing Department enjoys the benefits of machines like CNC press brakes and laser cutting equipment, which provide much better accuracy and repeatability.

But that hybrid sewing machine / band saw served the company well in those early days, and helped set Delta Elevator on the path to long term success.

Women Mechanics in the Elevator Industry

Delta Elevator employs a very special Elevating Devices Mechanic (EDM): Erika Price. She is one of the small numbers of female elevator mechanics in Ontario, because like many other trades there are very few women in the industry. When Erika joined Delta in 2013 she already held her EDM T Class license, obtained 10 years earlier. Today, she holds a full EDM A Class license.

The process Erika followed to become an elevator mechanic is similar to most trades. A candidate joins a company and is registered as an apprentice. During the minimum four year apprenticeship period, there is a combination of field learning hours and classroom learning hours. Once these have been completed, the apprentice can challenge the final exam. Upon passing, the apprentice becomes a journeyperson (in the elevator industry, an EDM A Class). To maintain the license, the mechanic is required to complete certifiable bi-annual Continuing Education credits, which includes both safety and technical training.

As an only child, Erika reflects back on how her father did not get the boy he had hoped for, so he instead tried to teach her how to be a tomboy. As a strong minded girl, she resisted every step of the way: Throwing a baseball in her tutu and doing cartwheels in the soccer field while the opposing team scored a goal because she was too distracted. But as much as her father tried, Erika did not take to sports. What he soon realized though, was that she loved tools . . . and that is where it all began. Erika was nearby any time her father did work around the house or on his truck, wearing a pony tail and a big smile as she absorbed the learning.

One particular day Erika says she noticed her father's friend was wearing an elevator company shirt and she became very intrigued. Eventually, this friend became her mentor in the elevator industry. Even today, Erika is thankful for all that he taught her about elevators and the elevator business, and credits him for contributing to her success.

Erika's first experience in the elevator industry was at Savaria. There, she progressed from being a helper in the field to becoming the Director of Operations in the matter of 10 years. “Thank you Chris Rastin!” Erika states, “I could not have done it without you!

Now working as a Project Coordinator for Delta Elevator, Erika has difficulty pinpointing one particular thing she enjoys about working in the industry. She likes to work in the field as much as to being in the office and feels she is most at home when she is on a job site. Erika finds great satisfaction working through field issues with other trades to find solutions to problems. She plays a crucial role in the projects she manages and receives a sense of accomplishment when each is successfully finished.

As for the future, Erika is confident in the path she has chosen and has every desire to remain in the elevator industry. “Delta is a fast growing and successful company. I can feel good things happening here and I can see advancement in my future. That's part of the beauty of working for Delta. There is so much room to grow that it's hard to know in which direction one will go. I anticipate that I will be a long term employee at Delta Elevator, and trust that my experience, knowledge base, and work ethic will advance my career and help me pursue the opportunities that present themselves in the future”.

When asked whether she would recommend the elevator industry to other women, Erika proclaims “YES, with no hesitation!

Unfortunately, there is still a perception out there that the industrial trades are not for women. According to Erika, “It takes incredibly hard work, thick skin, broad shoulders, and did I mention HARD WORK? There are people in the trades who will support you, take you under their wing and sincerely want to see you succeed. Make your mistakes and learn from them. Don’t be afraid to take on the challenging project instead of taking on the less complex one. Women need to continue to explore new trades and show themselves and others that they are capable, creative, and hardworking, with a lot to contribute in the construction sector.

Ontario Fire Code

An Amendment to the Ontario Fire Code (O. Reg 213/07) will become effective July 1, 2019. The amendment relates to Firefighters elevators and stems from recommendations made in the Cunningham report on elevator availability. Residential building owners will be required to notify the local fire department and building residents when a Firefighters elevator is out of service for more than 24 hours. Be sure to check out the new amendments in the link below.

Fire Code Amendments

Delta Elevator’s New Branch Location in Markham

We are happy to announce the opening of our new branch office located at 110 Torbay Rd. in Markham, Ontario. The Markham area branch joins our existing, strategically located offices in London, Kitchener, Mississauga and Peterborough.

With a team of highly trained and experienced elevator equipment mechanics, Delta Elevator provides all kinds of elevators and accessibility lifts in and around Markham. Delta is the province's largest independent elevator contractor, and is proud to design and manufacture elevators in Kitchener.

In addition to maintenance and repair service, Delta provides new installations and modernization retrofits based on its full line of elevator products — accessibility lifts, hydraulic elevators, freight solutions, MRL (machine-room-less) and traditional traction elevators — all precisely guided by our DMPC controller.

For more information about our services and products, and the benefits we bring to the Markham market as a Canadian-owned and independent contractor, browse this site or call 1-800-265-6348.

We look forward to hearing from you!

Delta Elevator's at the Laurier Brantford YMCA

Check out the Laurier Brantford campus YMCA!

YMCA at Laurier Brantford Campus

 

The newly opened building has two Delta MRL elevators to serve users. The jointly owned facility serves double duty as a long-awaited new community YMCA, and as an athletics and recreation centre for local postsecondary students.

As an active community member, Delta is proud to be contributing to projects committed to providing the students and community with accessibility and opportunity to the many social, mental and physical benefits of living active lifestyles.

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Manufactured in Canada

Delta Elevator is committed to developing and manufacturing its own high quality products at its 60,000 square foot plant at 509 Mill Street in Kitchener, Ontario. Our highly skilled Engineering and Manufacturing staff uses state-of-the-art CNC equipment to fabricate dependable elevating devices and controllers using lean manufacturing techniques.

Project Excellence Award: Dark Horse Estate Winery

Delta Elevator is proud to have contributed to such an elegant building with an elevator.

We wish Dark Horse Estate Winery all the very best and great success in their endeavours.

Delta Equipping The Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) in Toronto with Elevators

PCL, one of Canada's largest contractors, has chosen Delta Elevator to install the elevators at a major Infrastructure project in Ontario. CAMH is Canada's largest mental health and addiction teaching hospital, as well as one of the world's leading research centres in this area. As part of the development, Delta will equip Phase 1C on Queen Street West in Toronto with 9 MRLs scheduled for completion in Spring 2019. As an active community member, Delta is particularly proud to be contributing to projects committed to providing comprehensive and accessible care for mental health issues patients.

Brian Elliot, CECA Past President

Delta is an active supporter of CECA, and we are proud of Brian’s contribution to CECA’s success over the past years.

Canada Strong

The following article appeared in the international Elevator World Magazine in the September 2017 issue.

Investment in Advancing Additive Manufacturing Technology

Delta Elevator is excited to collaborate with the University of Waterloo (UW) and their experts to pursue the rapid commercialization of additive manufacturing technology and product design. As part of this initiative, Delta has hired a UW Coop student dedicated to investigating the development of high-value products using 3D printing equipment. The goal is to improve the design, quality, durability, and functionality of elevators through the use of additive manufacturing.

For detailed information please refer to the following article:

University of Waterloo lab will help shape the future of industrial 3D printing
(Waterloo News, May 2017)

Delta to Install Elevators at the Conestoga College North Campus Expansion

Collaborative Structures Limited has selected Delta to supply and install the elevators for the Conestoga College North Campus Expansion.

Located on University Avenue in Waterloo, the College space on the site will be doubled by a 150,000-square-foot expansion to "wrap around" what was once the last vocational school in the Region. The newly expanded space will become the location for all of the College's information technology programming.

More information about this significant community project can be found here:

Conestoga Expansion Projects
Collaborative Structures Current Projects
Waterloo Region Record Article

Delta is a strong supporter of Ontario's college and apprenticeship systems and hires both co-operative education students and technical program graduates on a regular basis.

Making Vertical Transportation Possible

After the recent media coverage of Bill 109 and the Ontario Elevator Industry, here are two refreshing articles, from the New Yorker Magazine and the BBC News, that explain how elevator systems have evolved over the past decades and the reasons why people take efficient elevators for granted.

New Yorker Article: Up and Then Down
BBC Article: How the lift transformed the shape of our cities

Delta Elevator’s core values of Integrity, Service & Quality guide our approach to business. We repair all elevators as quickly as possible and complete work in a timely manner – our satisfied customer base speaks for itself.

Delta Elevator’s New Location in Peterborough

On May 1, 2017 Delta’s Peterborough branch moved to a new location at 696 Rye Street. The new branch office has significantly more space than our previous location, which will allow us to carry a much larger inventory of spare parts to serve you better.

With easy access to Highway 7, Delta Elevator’s new facility in Peterborough is in a strategically ideal location to serve all surrounding districts, from Pickering to Belleville and north of Peterborough from Kawartha Lakes to Brockville.

Delta is the largest independent elevator contractor in the province, with headquarters in Kitchener, Ontario. Highly trained and experienced Elevating Devices Mechanics are dedicated to providing quality support and extending the high level of customer service to a growing clientele in the Peterborough area.

For more information about our services and products, browse this site or call 1-800-265-6348. We look forward to serving you!

Delta Elevator Celebrates 50 Years of Integrity, Service & Quality

Delta is celebrating a very special anniversary in 2017: Fifty years of Integrity, Quality & Service in the elevating industry!

Half a century ago on May 26, 1967, Walter Guderian founded Delta Elevator Co Ltd as a one man business run from his home in Kitchener.

After 50 years of success as a family owned operation, Delta now services customers across southern Ontario through additional branches in London, Mississauga, and Peterborough.

We are especially grateful to our past and our present employees for making the company what it is today: We would not be here today without you!

Delta 50th Anniversary Video

National Association of Elevator Contractors (NAEC) “Mainline” Magazine Article

Delta Installing Elevators for the Walsh Group at Etobicoke General Hospital

Delta Elevator has been selected by the Walsh Group to provide the elevators for the Etobicoke General Hospital Phase 1 Patient Tower Infrastructure Ontario project.

The Phase 1 Patient Tower Project, involving the construction of a new four-storey wing, will add approximately 250,000 square feet of space to the existing facility and house the services most urgently needed by the Etobicoke community. Project features include:

  • a larger, state-of-the-art emergency department to better meet the community's need for high-quality emergency care
  • an ICU/CCU nearly four times larger than the current space
  • larger patient rooms filled with natural light that provide privacy and space to accommodate family members
  • a maternal newborn unit with birthing suites and a specialized Level II nursery for patients with non-life-threatening complications
  • an ambulatory procedures unit featuring procedure/operating rooms, pre- and post-op preparation and recovery areas and dedicated clinic spaces, including a respiratory clinic

The Tricar Group Selects Delta to Install Elevators at the Azure Condominium

Delta is pleased to be working with The Tricar Group once again, this time at the spectacular Azure Condominium located at 505 Talbot Street in London, Ontario.

Azure is an inspired tower of modern architecture that sets a new standard for downtown living.

Being the tallest residential tower in London is just one aspect that sets Azure apart from other traditional condominiums. A blend of light and form, this creative and responsible combination of light coloured concrete with a brick and glass window wall façade creates an aesthetically appealing and energy efficient building. It has both a vibrant and sophisticated presence.

One of Tricar's preeminent projects to date, it continues their commitment to the rejuvenation of the downtown London core; drawing people in to enhance the economic vibrancy with an active pedestrian connection between Azure’s new street level storefronts, existing development and picturesque open spaces.

Delta Elevator is Growing Again!

We are pleased to announce the opening of our London, Ontario area branch office.

Located at 330 Hudson Drive, Dorchester, Delta Elevator is now providing service to all makes of elevators and accessibility lifts in the city of London and surrounding districts. With a core of highly trained and experienced Elevating Devices Mechanics, Delta’s goal is to bring the same level of customer service excellence to the London area as our existing clients enjoy.

Delta is the largest independent elevator contractor in the province, and proudly designs and manufactures elevators in Kitchener, Ontario.

In addition to maintenance and repair service, Delta provides new installations and modernization retrofits based on its full line of elevator products — accessibility lifts, hydraulic elevators, freight solutions, MRL (machine-room-less) and traditional traction elevators — all precisely guided by our DMPC controller.

The London area branch joins our existing, strategically located offices in Peterborough, Mississauga, and Kitchener.

For more information about our services and products, and the advantages we bring to the London market as a Canadian-owned and independent contractor, browse this site or call 1-800-265-6348.

We look forward to hearing from you!

Delta Elevator Employee Featured in Conestoga College Recruitment Ad

We are proud of staff members like Josh who have a keen interest in finding out how things work and then improving them for the benefit of our customers.

Conestoga College Ad featuring Delta Elevator's Josh Kocher

Delta has a long-standing partnership with Conestoga College and regularly employs students enrolled in a variety of their Cooperative Education programs. (More information about Cooperative Education can be found here: Conestoga College Career Services).

Congratulations, Josh!

Chestnut Hill Selects Delta to Supply Elevators for San Francisco by the Bay

Delta Elevator is honoured to work with Chestnut Hill Developments once again at their new development, San Francisco by the Bay.

This extraordinary development offers waterside living in an ambiance of elegance and convenience. Located by the Frenchman’s Bay in Pickering (Ontario), San Francisco features two beautifully designed towers connected by a convenient retail-commercial complex and stately townhomes. Set amidst lush parklands, San Francisco offers a state-of-the-art recreational club with every conceivable amenity to inspire mind, body and spirit. Just steps from the marina, it’s the ideal choice to lead an active, sophisticated lifestyle.

Mystery Shopping Scam

Please note that Delta Elevator is not participating in any mystery shopping study.

If you receive a notification that includes a cheque from Delta Elevator as part of a mystery shopper offer, be aware that it is a counterfeit cheque not issued by Delta Elevator.

Please contact the police department if you are in possession of such a counterfeit cheque.

We apologize for any inconvenience.

If you have any questions or concerns, please call or email us directly.

Loomex Group Chooses Delta Elevators

The Loomex Group has selected a Delta hydraulic elevator for its new 22,000-square-foot building at the Peterborough Airport. The new building will offer more space for training, community programs and economic development at the regional transportation hub. Building completion is set for spring of 2015.

Rise Real Estate Developments Selects Delta Elevator for New ICON Condo

Rise Real Estate Developments has recently selected Delta Elevator to supply the elevators for its new condominium, the ICON 330, located on Phillip Street in Waterloo.

This prestigious complex is located across the street from the University of Waterloo and close to Wilfrid Laurier University. Along with impressive amenities located on-site, the development is located within steps of all types of additional services desired by students: shopping, restaurants, groceries, coffee shops, bars, theatres, transit and more.

The Icon 330 condominium


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