NEII History
NEII Timeline

May 25, 1914
Iroquois Hotel, Buffalo, New York
First recorded meeting between elevator contractors; a sub-committee is appointed to prepare the constitution and by-laws for the organization which would be called the Elevator Manufactures' Association (EMA), NEII®'s predecessor.

October 21- 23, 1914
Gibson House, Cincinnati, Ohio
First convention of the EMA

April 14, 1915
Waldorf Astoria, New York City
First recorded contract between EMA and the International Union of Elevator Constructors (IUEC).

EMA publishes the first model code; "Uniform Regulations for the Construction and Installation of Passenger and Freight Elevators".

First Safety Code for Elevators, ASME A17.1, is published.

Early 1930's
EMA negotiates the Standard Agreement with the International Union of Elevator Constructors (IUEC); later establishes the National Elevator Industry Health, Pension and Education plans.

March 8, 1934
EMA reorganizes and files its constitution with the Secretary of State, State of New York to become the National Elevator Manufacturing Industry, Inc. (NEMI).

NEMI issues a booklet containing data sheets known as Elevator Layout Standards predecessor to Building Transportation Standards and Guidelines, NEII-1.

Early 1940's
NEMI publishes the Model State Law for Elevators, Dumbwaiters and Escalators.

In conjunction with the International Union of Elevator Constructors (IUEC), NEMI develops a handbook of Safety Regulations for Field Employees.

NEMI changes name to National Elevator Industry, Inc. (NEII).

Early 1970's
NEII works with National Elevator Industry Educational Program (NEIEP) to develop Model 1 on Safety.

NEII members develop the first Elevator Industry Field Employees' Safety Handbook; NEII establishes the Safety Committee.

NEII issues a supplement containing performance standards to the NEII Vertical Transportation Standards predecessor to NEII-1.

NEII hires Arthur D. Little Inc. (ADL) to conduct a study of escalator step/skirt entrapment incidents and create a performance test for escalators, which is incorporated into the ASME Codes.
NEII reorganizes with emphases on promoting safe building transportation for new and existing products and technologies with two membership categories: Regular and Trust Members.

NEII presents to a joint meeting of the ASME A17 and CSA B44 Committees the need in North America for a Performance Based Safety Code for Elevators and Escalators.

ASME A17 New Technology Committee is established to develop a bi-national Performance-Based Safety Code for Elevators and Escalators. Representatives from NEII member companies accept leadership roles in the ASME A17 New Technology Committee.

NEII Central Code Committee proposes to the NEII Board of Directors that a local code regulation database be developed and maintained by NEII.

NEII establishes Government Affairs Committee and engages services of legislative and regulatory monitoring firm.

NEII-1 (Building Transportation Standards and Guidelines) is published on the NEII website.

The Performance-Based Safety Code for Elevators and Escalators ASME A17.7/CSA B44.7 is unanimously approved by the ASME A17 Standards Committee and CSA B44 Technical Committee.

CodeFinder goes live on the NEII Web site.

NEII, along with NAESAi, sponsors first industry Webinar for Authorities Having Jurisdiction (AHJs) on the workings of the PBC.

NEII engages services of Government Affairs Consultant.

NEII Individual Membership category established.

NEII establishes Long-Range Strategic Plan, guiding the future of the organization and renewing focus on building transportation codes and standards, worker and rider safety, and industry education and communication.

NEII introduces "The Insider", a bimonthly e-mail newsletter dedicated to covering pertinent issues facing the building transportation industry.

NEII hosts ISO TC 178 Lifts (Elevators) and Escalators meeting in New York City.



NEII Looks To The Future

NEII continues to focus its efforts on code, standards and safety including;

  • Lobbying, for the adoption of the latest editions of ASME A17.1/CSA B44, ASME A17.3, ASME A17.6 and ASME A17.7/CSA B44.7 without local modifications
  • Identifying, monitoring and tracking governmental, legislative, regulatory, legal and political matters of importance to the elevator and escalator industry
  • Developing and implementing effective strategy on matters targeted for action by educating and influencing media, policy makers, legislators, regulators and other stakeholders
  • Continuing to provide members and non-members with essential information to keep them abreast of elevator and escalator safety information


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