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Greg Nagel

Gregory Nagel

It is with great sadness that we convey the news that Greg Nagel, Construction Supervisor in Kitchener, has passed away from pancreatic cancer.

Greg worked for Delta for nearly 30 years and was a significant contributor to the company’s success during the past three decades. After learning the trade, Greg was an excellent construction crew leader, before taking on the position of Supervisor in 2005. In that role, he was the mentor for many apprentices who are now excellent mechanics in their own right. Through them, his legacy lives on at Delta.

Our thoughts and prayers are with his wife, children, siblings, and extended family during this difficult time.

Please see the link below for funeral details.
Funeral Details

Anniversary of Walter’s Passing

“He is like a man building a house, who dug deep and laid a foundation on the rock; and when a flood occurred, the torrent burst against that house and could not shake it, because it had been well built.”
Luke 6:48

Walter Guderian

One year ago, Delta’s founder, Walter Guderian, passed away.

Who could have imagined what the world would be like 12 months later, going through the midst of a pandemic?

And yet, because of Walter’s careful planning and long-term outlook, Delta has flourished even with the challenges of the COVID period. We are so grateful to him for the strong Biblical foundation he laid for the company and upon which it is built.

Although Walter is no longer with us, his legacy lives on through Delta’s core values of Integrity, Service & Quality. His legacy also continues through the hundreds of employees and their families who have stable jobs during these unprecedented times.

Yes, we look back in sadness at Walter’s passing and miss him greatly, but we take courage knowing that the future is brighter because of his lasting and positive impact on so many lives.

Our thoughts are with Walter’s family today as they remember a husband, father, grandfather, brother, brother-in-law, and uncle.

Delta Elevator’s Branch Relocation in Peterborough

Peterborough Branch

Due to the continued growth of our Peterborough branch, we are pleased to announce the relocation of our office to 2161 Whittington Drive.

The new location is a modern building with significantly more space, including training facilities, to allow us to serve you better.

With easy access to Highway 7, Delta Elevator’s new office is located to serve Peterborough and surrounding districts, from Pickering to Belleville and from Kawartha Lakes to Brockville.

Delta is the largest independent elevator contractor in Ontario, with headquarters in Kitchener and branches throughout the province. Our highly trained and experienced elevator mechanics are dedicated to providing quality support to the Peterborough area.

For more information about our services and products, browse this site or call 1-800-265-6348.

We look forward to hearing from you!

COR™️ 2020 Certification

Delta Elevator is pleased to announce that it has received the Certificate of Recognition 2020 (COR™️ 2020) from the Infrastructure Health & Safety Association (IHSA).

COR Certification badge

COR™️ 2020 is a national accreditation standard that verifies full implementation of an employer’s Occupational Health and Safety Management System. The system is thoroughly audited by an accredited third party on an annual basis to ensure effectiveness and continual improvement. The result: Delta is well on its way to achieving its first milestone of one million hours without a lost time injury.

COR™️ 2020 Certificate

TSSA Advisory

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The TSSA recently posted Advisory ED 285-20 regarding COVID-19 as it relates to elevator maintenance requirements.

The Advisory clarifies that the regular Maintenance Control Program (MCP) tasks and category testing must still be completed unless the elevator is formally taken out of service, which includes filing paperwork with the TSSA.

Owners and property managers are encouraged to review the document and to follow up with Delta about any questions.

TSSA Advisory Document

Donate A Car Canada

Over the years Delta Elevator has donated some of its used fleet vehicles to Donate A Car Canada. This foundation makes donating a vehicle and supporting a charity of choice an easy process. Also, Donate A Car does not just recycle cars, it recycles them in an environmentally friendly manner.

Two parked silver/grey truckes

This year, Delta is pleased to be able to donate two vehicles in support of the Canadian Red Cross Society. The mission of the Canadian Red Cross is to improve the lives of those affected by disaster and health emergencies. They offer healthcare programs, relief supplies, water, and sanitation and shelter solutions.

For more information about the Canadian Red Cross Society and how you can help, visit their website at: www.redcross.ca

If you have a vehicle you no longer need, consider checking out Donate A Car Canada and support your charity of choice today.

ISO Certificates of Registration

Delta Elevator was audited by one of the world’s most esteemed registrars, The British Standards Institution (BSI), and is now certified as compliant to a number of international standards:

These independent third party certifications provide Delta customers with assurance of quality and with the knowledge that our products and services are offered in a safe and environmentally sustainable manner.

Thanks to everyone who helped achieve this amazing accomplishment, especially the members of the IMS Team!

Westinghouse HQ

Westinghouse HQ

Once known as Westinghouse Electric Corporation’s Canadian headquarters, the building at 286 Sanford Avenue North in Hamilton has recently been revived into a beautiful 40,000 square foot Class A office space, with 10,000 square feet of ground floor space and auditorium that is open to the public for various events.

Here is an excellent article about the retrofit that took place. Although not mentioned in the article, we take pride in knowing this building is now outfitted with Delta manufactured DMPC elevators that were installed by Brock Elevator.

Westinghouse HQ Article

A Message to our Customers

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As the extent of the COVID-19 pandemic continues to spread, we understand that you are asking about how Delta is responding.

Our Management Team is meeting daily to quickly take action on issues as they arise. In addition, we have executed our Pandemic Procedure in response to the current situation, which addresses these three priorities.

  1. Keeping employees, customers, and suppliers safe.
  2. Meeting contractual obligations.
  3. Maintaining liquidity.

Currently, the Province of Ontario has deemed elevators an essential service and we want to assure you that we continue to function. Our offices will remain open and our field staff will continue to operate unless and until there is further direction from the government.

In some cases, customers have asked Delta to refrain from performing on-site work during the crisis. We will respect your wishes and will continue to:

  • Be your contractor of record with TSSA per provincial regulations;
  • Provide 24/7 standby for emergency services for breakdowns or entrapments;
  • Provide liability coverage for work done on your elevating device;
  • Keep your quarterly, annual and 5-year testing up to date as we have access;
  • Provide TSSA with status documentation of your elevating device maintenance;
  • Warranty parts and labour for repairs on your elevating device per contract; and,
  • Monitor and plan proactive parts replacement to minimize breakdowns.

It is important to note that where you have informed us that we will not be able to access your facility for a period of time, the on-site portions of the work above will have to be brought up to date when we again have access. This is necessary in order to remain compliant with provincial regulations.

Thank you for your continued support. Be safe!

COVID-19 Update from Delta Elevator

COVID-19

The COVID-19 issue remains critical and is changing day by day. We continue to monitor the situation to develop the best contingency plan for Delta’s employees, customers, and suppliers.

While it is easy to become discouraged or overwhelmed by media reports, Delta will continue to focus on our values of Integrity, Service & Quality as we work through the challenges of today and keep moving toward a better tomorrow. In that regard, here is what we are currently doing:

Personal Health & Safety Guidelines

  • Hand washing remains the best defence against contracting the disease.
  • Use hand sanitizer.
  • Follow “Social Distancing” protocols.
  • Use the proper PPE.
  • Avoid physical contact and gathering in groups.
  • Reduce in-person meetings with both internal and external people.
  • Use remote meetings when possible.
  • Prop doors open to avoid having to touch handles.
  • Monitor your own status in terms of symptoms.

If you experience symptoms or if you believe you have been exposed, begin the self-isolation process, seek testing, and communicate your status.

Out-of-Country Travel

We are following the travel restrictions put in place by the Federal Government.

For those returning from an out-of-country travel, please follow the self-isolation guidelines in place at the time of your return.

Hours of Work

Overtime is restricted in an effort to maintain good personal health and to minimize prolonged exposure to others in a tired state.

Field Operations

Night schools are cancelled until further notice.

Construction and Modernization

We continue to work at jobs and sites that remain open.

Maintenance

We continue to provide both maintenance and emergency 24 hour response through our on-call service.

Maintenance mechanics are encouraged to check with clients in advance about maintenance visits.

Manufacturing

We remain operational.

Office

Information Systems is working on creating maximum capacity for remote access to allow people to work from home, as applicable.

Ongoing Communication

We continue to use email to communicate, as well as update the Delta Facebook page and website.

Coverage for Absences

Our goal is to continue with normal operations as long as possible by falling back on previous cross-training.

Please continue to monitor news feeds for up-the-minute status reports. There is significant misinformation being communicated, and the best remedy for this is to ensure your source is proven and reliable.

As always, it is important to use common sense in all situations and to avoid putting oneself or others into danger. Our priority is to keep employees healthy so that we can keep our customers’ elevators running.

Andrew Friedel
President
Delta Elevator Co Ltd

University of Waterloo URC Mars Rover

University of Waterloo URC Mars Rover

Delta Elevator was a proud sponsor of the 2019 University of Waterloo’s entry in the annual University Rover Challenge (URC). The URC is an annual competition between university student teams from around the world who design and build a Mars rover robot. The rovers are put through a series of tests in the desert of southern Utah in the hopes that the design and development efforts might ultimately contribute to the further exploration of the Red Planet. In the more immediate term, it provides a friendly but challenging opportunity to design a fully functional robot which exceeds a challenging standard.

Delta has long been a supporter of the UW co-operative education program and have partnered with some of our past co-ops on other projects. We were pleased to lend support to the 2019 UW Robotics team. Designing, building, installing and maintaining elevators requires a cross-functional team and we saw parallels in the rover team which pulled together over 55 students from four different faculties. The students organized themselves into five groups: mechanical, electrical, software, science and business. Collectively, they designed, built and programmed the rover while gaining the opportunity to compete in the competition. The UW Team earned the opportunity to compete for the third straight year with their highest ever Systems Acceptance Review score and were optimistic as they prepared for the competition as one of only five Canadian teams.

The Rover made an appearance at one of Delta’s staff barbecues. It featured technology that in many ways is very similar to Delta’s elevators even if in a very different application. Delta employees had opportunity to manipulate the robotic arm with a joystick controller while enjoying their food. The competition itself brought a disappointing result but still taught some valuable lessons. The Rover experienced complete failure on multiple occasions, suffering from reliability issues with electrical systems including USB hubs and motor controller power connectors. The team can build on these lessons and take pride in their best ever finish in the Science Task. From a technical perspective, this was UWs best entry to date and the team looks to grow from the 2019 experience as it seeks the opportunity to compete again in 2020. Good luck to the team!

For more information about the competition see the URC news page: University Rover Challenge

Elevator Maintenance Tips

Elevators at Benton

In addition to having an effective preventive maintenance contract in place with a reputable contractor, elevator shut downs can be minimized by implementing good building maintenance practices. Delta receives service call requests on a regular basis that could have been avoided by checking a few simple things pertaining to the elevating device system.

If the elevator cab is accessible with the doors open, we recommend the following:

  • Clean the hall door, car tracks, and light ray unit.
  • Tap stuck buttons lightly and/or remove wedged items to help free them (but never try to correct the problem with tools).
  • Maintain a stable building pressure by keeping exterior doors closed.

Ensure the elevator is not on independent service or fire recall.

If none of the items above resolve the issue, contact your service provider’s office and provide as much detail as possible to dispatch to initiate a service call.

Other important building-related items that contribute to reliable elevator operation are:

  • Keeping the machine room between 15°C and 32°C.
  • Performing daily inspections to reduce vandalism (which is a major cause of elevator repairs).
  • Replacing burnt out cab lights as part of your regular maintenance routine.

Painting door frames carefully since sticking paint can cause the rubber door stops to pull out or become dislodged. A layer of petroleum jelly on the stops may help in this regard.

  • Avoiding the use of cleaning solutions on buttons or light rays to prevent internal corrosion.

NOTE: If one car in a group is not working, do not use fire recall to attempt to bring it down because this will shut down all the cars.

Also, if an elevator is stopped with a visible hazard to the public, a barricade should be erected in front of the entrance and a service call placed with your contractor.

More information about elevator maintenance can be found on the Delta website at:

Elevator Maintenance

Elevator Entrance System Fire Test

The National Building Code regulates that all elevator entrance system designs used in Canada pass a severe fire endurance test.

The test requires that entrances be heated to 1,000° C for 1.5 hours. No flaming may occur on the back side of the door during the first 30 minutes. Thereafter, some intermittent light flames (less than 6 inches long) may occur along the door edges. After 1.5hours, the red-hot entrances are rolled away from the furnace and blasted with a fire hose. Measurements are then taken to ensure that the door has not moved more than 3 inches from the wall.

Delta Elevator’s robust entrance system designs were put to the test at the UL facility in Chicago, IL.

The result? We passed with flying colours, which means you are assured of riding in a safe and Code-compliant elevator.

New Program for Elevating Devices Mechanic

Delta Elevator at Mohawk College

For the past 15 years, Durham College has been the only non-union sector provider of the 720 hours of theoretical training required by the TSSA to become an A-Class Elevating Devices Mechanic.

Even at full capacity, this has limited the number apprentices who could become fully licensed elevator mechanics in Ontario.

In order to meet the needs of the industry, Mohawk College took the initiative to become a second provider and was recently approved by the Ontario Government.

Delta Elevator is donating two elevator packages for the state of the art hands-on laboratory, with Brock Elevator who will be doing the installation.

We are looking forward to the program’s first graduates!

Momentum Magazine Fall 2019

New Mobile Forklift

Each year, Delta delivers over a million pounds of elevator parts to construction sites. Much of it is hand-carried over rough and muddy terrain that is ill-suited for most material handling equipment. However, things are changing. With an eye to safety and efficiency, Delta has invested in an all-terrain, truck-mounted forklift.


Our new Moffett M5 50.4PL is a powerful, versatile, multi-directional unit that offers four way handling and includes a reach system that makes it ideal for delivering long loads in tight spaces. Our drivers and mechanics will now be able to unload shipments more quickly with less risk of personal injury and damage to product.

The Co-operative Education Program

University of Waterloo, Wilfrid Laurier University, and Conestoga College signage

Delta Elevator has been a part of the Kitchener-Waterloo community for over 50 years. One of the great advantages of this location is the presence of three well respected post-secondary institutions: University of Waterloo, Wilfrid Laurier University, and Conestoga College. We are proud to support them by participating in their Co-operative Education programs and hiring their graduates.

Delta Elevator has been a Co-op employer since 2003, when we began hiring students from the University of Waterloo Engineering program. Today, our Mechanical Engineering department is led by a University of Waterloo Engineering Alumni and we have other Co-op program Alumni working in the department. Delta Elevator also participates in the Conestoga College Co-op program by hiring students from various disciplines: Information Systems, Electronics, and Supply Chain Management.

In our experience, hiring Co-op students has three key benefits for the employer: First, it is a way to supplement staffing resources for special projects, such as our Additive Manufacturing initiative. Second, it is a way to bring new perspectives to existing technical challenges, since Co-op students often bring new ideas from previous job placements. Third, it is a way to evaluate candidates for future full-time employment, particularly as companies grow.

For Co-op students, the short term employment opportunities gives them exposure to a number of different organizations during their schooling, which enable them to make much more thoughtful decisions about future career choices. Also, earning money while learning is an added benefit which helps many students pay for their education.

All in all, the Co-operation Education approach, with its mix of education and work experiences, is one of the best things about our local post-secondary institutions. If you are an employer, we strongly recommend taking advantage of the opportunity!

Delta Elevator Upgrades Manufacturing Equipment

In order to meet the increasing demand for elevators in Southern Ontario, Delta Elevator is upgrading its manufacturing capacity through the purchase of a state-of-the-art Trumpf fiber laser.

Trumpf fiber laser

The new laser technology cuts through 1/16 inch thick steel at the blinding rate of 1,200 in/min – four times faster than our current CO2 laser – and will cut mild steel up to 1 inch thick. This video demonstrates its performance.

Trumpf is the world leader in laser technology, and shares Delta Elevator’s values of Integrity, Service & Quality.

The fiber laser is anticipated to be delivered to our Kitchener plant in February 2020, and will join our existing array of other Trumpf equipment.

Integrated Management System Implementation at Delta Elevator

Every February, for the past eleven years, Delta Elevator has been visited by quality assurance systems auditors who comb the building, interview people and search through databases looking for the slightest hint of things that might cause problems with the quality of our product. They tell us where we need to improve so we can remedy what needs to be fixed, and they present us with an internationally recognized certificate of registration, confirming that our quality management system complies with the stringent ISO 9001 standard. This annual exercise has helped Delta and many other companies continuously improve the quality of products and services.

ISO standards diagram

Because of the worldwide success of their quality assurance standard, but also having recognized that progressive and socially responsible businesses want to manage other aspects of their business in similar ways, the International Standards Organization (ISO) recently re-wrote their quality assurance, environmental, and occupational health & safety standards so as to have a common structure. These three business aspects (quality, environment and OH&S) can now be more easily combined into one Integrated Management System (IMS). Delta Elevator has committed to implementing such an integrated ISO system as part of our current five year strategic plan.

Each of the individual ISO standards still has some of its own, unique requirements (e.g., calibration for quality assurance; emergency preparedness for health and safety, etc.) that need to be addressed in particular ways, but there is a considerable amount of overlap in how each of these and even other management system standards are administered (e.g., risk assessments, design considerations, procurement procedures, record keeping, corrective action processes, annual audits, etc.). Employing common systems can be considerably more cost and performance effective.

In the coming years, Delta Elevator looks forward to demonstrating to ourselves and to our customers that, not only can we provide exceptional quality, but we can do so in a manner that conforms to world class standards for occupational health & safety and environmental sustainability.

A Note from the President

Delta Elevator's President Andrew Friedel sitting with founder Walter Guderian

Walter cared about people, especially his employees.

He saw their potential and wanted to help them succeed.

He put effort into building and keeping a family atmosphere in the workplace.

He set an example of how to live with integrity.

I had the privilege of knowing Walter in three aspects of his life: As family, as a fellow Church member, and as a co-worker.

Growing up, there are fond memories of family visits, particularly at Christmas time, between the Guderians and the Friedels: Always so much good food, laughter, and late nights. In the spring and autumn, the families piled into their cars and went hiking together along the Bruce Trail. Walter loved nature and the wonder of it all.

Then there were the summer visits to the cottage at Pointe au Baril: Sailing, barbequing, fishing, water skiing, and playing Nichts in the evening. Walter and Evelyn were always such gracious hosts to be willing to open their Georgian Bay paradise to others.

At Church, Walter loved to sing about his faith, particularly as a member of the bass section in the choir. Songs like “Up from the Grave He Arose”, “O the Deep, Deep Love of Jesus”, and “Ich Steh’ an Deiner Krippen Hier”. With Karl Heinz directing and Valerie playing piano, the bass section would try to drown out the rest of the choir as we sang with all we had, sometimes even sacrificing being on key for more volume!

Financially, Walter helped finance the cash flow needs of Church building projects more than once, never making a big deal of it and never asking for any kind of recognition. For him, it was just the right thing to do.

Walter also served on the Church Board for many years, providing sage advice and steady leadership through the challenges of guiding a congregation. It was not always easy, but Walter had a knack of cutting through the static to get to the heart of the matter at stake.

As a co-worker, I had the privilege of working with Walter at Delta for 13 years. I was one of those on whom he took a chance, having no experience in the industry. But right from the start, Walter expressed his confidence in me, and things turned out well. Joining Delta to work for Walter was my best career decision: We made a great team.

Although officially retired, Walter was always willing to share his insights into the business and the industry as we discussed the future of the company together. And sure as he was of his opinion, he was a great listener as well. If you could convince him of a different perspective, he would change his opinion and fight just as hard for the new one.

Walter never forgot the challenges he had to overcome to be successful in life, the hard work that accompanied it, or the people who were there along the way. On the one hand, these memories helped him stay humble and to be willing to share the credit for successes. On the other hand, they led him to ask for the same level of dedication and effort from those around him. He had high expectations.

I think the metaphor of tree planting is an apt one for Walter’s life. Walter loved trees. He planted them, he protected them, and he nourished them. But planting trees and caring for them is not about today. Planting trees and caring for them is about preparing for the future. It is a long term investment whose benefit is measured not in years but in decades. Walter was like that. He worked hard today to prepare for a better tomorrow, whether it was at home, with family, at Church, or at work at Delta.

The thing about Walter’s planning for the future is this: It was not for himself, it was for the people whom he cared about most: His wife, Evelyn, his children, his Church family, and his employees. And for that, we owe him a debt of gratitude, a debt that can best be repaid by living life the same way he did: With honour and with integrity.

We will miss you, Walter.

Your nephew, co-worker, and friend,

Andrew Friedel
President & CEO
Delta Elevator Co Ltd

Walter Guderian

It is with great sadness we announce the passing of our dear friend and founder of Delta Elevator, Walter Guderian. Walter passed away peacefully at home surrounded by family late in the evening on September 2, 2019 at the age of 83.


Walter was born in Germany in 1936 and came to Canada as a teenager with his family in 1956. He arrived already being an elevator tradesman and after working for 10 years as an elevator mechanic in Canada, he founded Delta Elevator in 1967. Because of Walter's hard work and determination, Delta Elevator remains a family-owned business with deep roots in the community.

Walter was a kind and generous man whose care for people always shone through. As a business owner, his concern for Delta employees and the culture of the company was unparalleled. Walter worked to the very end to ensure that Delta retained that “family” atmosphere. He demonstrated through his daily actions his commitment to Integrity, Service & Quality, Delta's core values from the very beginning.

Walter's family will receive friends at the Erb & Good Family Funeral Home, 171 King St. S., Waterloo on Thursday, September 5, 2019 from 1-3 and 7-9 p.m. The funeral service will be held at Koinonia Christian Fellowship, 850 Sawmill Road, Bloomingdale on Friday, September 6, 2019 at 1:00 p.m. A reception will follow at the church.

Please visit this link for the full obituary.

Our thoughts and prayers are with the Guderian family and with Walter's friends and co-workers at Delta Elevator and in the elevator industry.

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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