The groundbreaking was a tremendous success for the largest modular elevator manufacturing facility in North America! Phoenix Modular Elevator (PME) was joined by dignitaries from the Jefferson County Development Corporation, Wohltman Construction, Jefferson County Board, the city of Mt. Vernon, US Representative Mike Bost’s office and Jefferson County Chamber of Commerce. The heavy equipment is already moving dirt and PME should be in the new location by the end of the year.
Phoenix Modular Elevator president Allison Allgaier said a few words at the groundbreaking about how modular elevators work and why they are the best alternative for new, modular and retrofit projects. She also thanked all those that have played a part in the new building.
The facility being built is over 25,000 square feet of manufacturing floor space and will be located in Mt. Vernon, Illinois south of Highway 15 and west of Interstate 64, at the end of a temporary road that has been constructed for the project off of Davidson Avenue to the west. It will be closer to the interstate and centrally located in the United States making shipping to the east or west coast cost effective.
PME had simply outgrown their current location in an old shoe factory in the middle of Mt. Vernon so expansion was needed. The new manufacturing site will increase productivity and efficiency by being larger and keeping all of the production on one level. In the current location, manufacturing is in several separate areas and on two different floors. The new larger location and design of the plant will allow the assembly and manufacturing area to be more organized and to flow more smoothly.
PME is an elevator manufacturer that produces high-quality, commercial modular elevators. A modular elevator is comprised of a steel hoistway with the elevator car and components completely pre-wired and installed inside. They are manufactured horizontally, trucked to jobsites, craned into place and installed in less than a week. This makes PME elevators the fastest installing elevator available. The units are found across the United States and Canada and used in schools, medical facilities, universities, hotels, stadiums, amusement parks, office buildings, government buildings and churches. Phoenix Modular Elevator has been constructing modular elevators since 1995.