October 20, 2011
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The Daily Record
News 12 NJ
LIBERTY ELEVATOR RISES ABOVE FOR SECOND TIME TO WIN STATUE OF LIBERTY CONTRACT
Liberty Elevator Corporation awarded installation contract over conglomerate competition for second time in twenty-five years
PATERSON, N.J. – OCTOBER 20, 2011 – Liberty Elevator Corporation announced today that they’ve been awarded the full vertical transportation contract for the Statue of Liberty Interior Life and Safety Upgrades. The independently-owned family business received the distinct honor for the second time in 25 years. The Statue is to under-go a complete interior upgrade, which will commence October 29th, the day after Lady Liberty’s 125th anniversary. During this time, the interior of the Statue will be closed, however visitors are encouraged and are still permitted to visit the grounds.
Brothers Douglas J. and Darren Muttart, President and Vice President of Liberty Elevator Corp., have teamed up with Joseph A. Natoli Construction Corp., of Pine Brook, N.J. to install 3 new elevators in the Statue. The Muttarts will assist in demolishing the existing double-decker hydraulic elevator that their late father, Douglas K. Muttart installed during the1986 centennial celebration.
Douglas J. and Darren are enthusiastic to continue their father’s legacy, as the project has duel significance for both Liberty Elevator Corporation and the Muttart family.
“Our family and company have been proud to be associated with arguably the world’s most recognized symbol of American freedom,” says Douglas J. “Liberty Elevator Corporation is now honored to continue this association and to be a part of a project that will make Lady Liberty safer and more accessible to the millions of people who visit the Statue each year.”
The three elevators include a handicap-accessible elevator, an emergency elevator and an environmentally friendly machine-room-less elevator (MRL) that will rise 112 feet. Liberty hopes to aid in “uplifting” the economy by complying with the Buy American bid provision. All of the equipment that Liberty will install is American-made and non-proprietary.
Upgrades to the stairways, bathrooms and electrical and fire suppression systems will also be completed during the period that the interior of the statue will be closed to the public.