October 20, 2011
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The Daily Record
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
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
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.