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Mount Vernon elevator maker moves into bigger quarters

  • An aerial photo of the new Mount Vernon plant, shortly before it was completed.

    An aerial photo of the new Mount Vernon plant, shortly before it was completed.
    Courtesy of Russ Ward/Phoenix Modular Elevator

Submitted by Phoenix Modular Elevator
Posted on 3/4/2017, 5:00 AM

MOUNT VERNON -- The new manufacturing facility for Phoenix Modular Elevator is now completed and a grand opening and tour of the facility has been scheduled. The grand opening will being at 9 a.m. Wednesday, March 8,with a ribbon cutting and refreshments. There will be two tours of the facility open to the public. One is following the ribbon cutting and the second scheduled for 2 p.m. Space is limited, so call (618) 244-2314 to reserve a spot.

The new 25,000-square-foot manufacturing plant is 4800 Phoenix Drive, south of Route 15 and west of I-64, in Mount Vernon.

Phoenix Modular Elevator is the first resident of the new industrial park and is appreciative of the assistance received from the city, Jefferson County Development Corp. and others. Company offic8ials say the move was needed because PME outgrew its old location in a former shoe factory in the middle of Mount Vernon.

In a news release, officials say the new manufacturing site has already increased productivity and efficiency, since having a larger production area on one level allows assembly and manufacturing areas to be more organized. Multiple overhead cranes have streamlined the moving of elevators through the shop. Since moving into the new plant, three full time employees have been added.

PME produces high-quality and quick-installing commercial modular elevators. A modular elevator has a steel hoistway with the elevator car and components completely pre-wired and installed inside. They are manufactured horizontally, trucked to job sites, craned into place and installed in less than a week.

Units have been installed across the U.S. and Canada, in schools, medical facilities, universities, hotels, stadiums, amusement parks, office buildings, government buildings and churches. Phoenix Modular Elevator has been building modular elevators since 1995.

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