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We are a non-profit organization formed in 1990 to meet the needs of the accessibility equipment manufacturers, distributors and end users. In 2005 the association modified its vision and its bylaws in order to create an .all industry members association.. Any person, firm or corporation with an interest in the private residence elevator and accessibility equipment industry may join the association and become a full voting member with equal input into the activities of the association.

The following excerpt is direct from the bylaws of the association: Article II - Scope and Definition a. Scope AEMA is an association of persons and entities with an interest in the .Private Residence Elevator and Accessibility Equipment. industry. b. Definition The term "Private Residence Elevator and Accessibility Equipment. industry includes the design, manufacture , installation , servicing and maintenance of vertical, inclined and horizontal conveying systems which are used primarily to provide access and/or egress for persons in public and private residence environments, commonly known as platform lifts, stair-lifts, wheelchair lifts, access elevators, private residence elevators, home elevators, stairway chairlifts, limited use/limited application elevators, LULA elevators and similar products. (See Article V-Section 1 for membership qualifications).



Message From
Mark Townsend, 2014 AEMA President

Dear AEMA Members, I am honored to be back as AEMA President for 2014. We have a great team and a big challenge in the coming year. I’m proud to be involved and driving the organization forward this year. I would like to thank the outgoing Board members who helped us take the organization to a new level last year. Mark Bosley and Joe Newstrom both made a significant contribution to our recent success, and they deserve our thanks. I am humbled by following Don Zimmerman, who did an outstanding job as President for the last few years. Don, you are a tough act to follow!!! Of course, Don is around to coach me this year. I would also like to welcome our new Board members; Will Cromwell from Bedco Mobility, and Scott Cleary from Mobility Concepts. Both Will and Scott are no strangers to the industry and its challenges. I am proud to have them involved and convinced that they will make a real contribution to our success in 2014.Thank you for the opportunity to serve our industry as AEMA President in 2014. As many of you know, I believe that AEMA’s activities will be vital for our future success.

Thanks, Mark



Home Elevator Safety Campaign


The homeSAFE (Safety Awareness For Elevators) Campaign is an industry-led

initiative designed to increase home elevator safety awareness. Click on any of these links below for more important information! 


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November, 2014


2014 elections have now been completed. Congratulations to the following AEMA members that have been elected to a two year term on AEMA’s Board of Directors starting January 1, 2015…


Alan Jensen                       HomeLift, Inc.                  Nashville, TN     Contractor Member

Tom McIsaac                      Stannah                          Franklin, MA      Manufacturer Member

Alex Bourassa                    Savaria                            Laval, QC          Manufacturer Member


The newly elected directors will join the following current board members in 2015…


Mark Townsend                  Gavarventa                     Surrey, BC        Manufacturer Member

Scott Cleary                        Mobility Concepts           Fife, WA            Contractor Member

Will Cromwell                      Bedco Mobility                Baltimore, MD   Contractor Member


January, 2014


Code meetings were held in Phoenix on January 13-17, 2014 by ASME. Committees for A18 (wheelchair lift committee) and A17.1, Part V (residential elevator committee) were held and attended by multiple AEMA and chaired by Doug Boydston and Kevin Brinkman, both AEMA members.


November, 2013


Congratulations to the following elected AEMA members that will serve a two year term on the AEMA Board of Directors starting January 1, 2014:


Scott Cleary                      Mobility Concepts          Fife, WA                           Dealer/Contractor Member

Will Cromwell                    Bedco Mobility               Baltimore, MD                   Dealer/Contractor Member

Mark Townsend                 Garaventa                      Surrey, BC                        Manufacturer Member


The three newly elected Directors will join the following current board members serving the second year of their term in 2014:


Don Zimmerman              Home Lift of TX                 San Antonio, TX                Dealer/Contractor Member

Deb Leary                       Access Lifts & Ramps      Rochester, NY                  Dealer/Contractor Member

Tom McIsaac                  Stannah Stairlift                Franklin, MA                    Manufacturer Member


September 25, 2013


AEMA’s Annual General Meeting (AGM) will be held at this year’s NAEC Conference in Tampa, FL, from 5 to 6:30PM, Wednesday September 25, 2013.  All members are again invited to attend.  Exact event location & details will be e-mailed to all members as the event draws near.


July, 2013


NAEC RECEIVES THE NEW OCCUPATIONAL TITLE OF “ACCESSIBILITY & RESIDENTIAL TECHNICIAN”: The US Department of Labor Office of Apprenticeship has approved the application to secure a BLS O*NET-SOC Code for the occupation of Accessibility and Private Residence Lift Technician (CAT). A DOL Bulletin has been sent to the DOL Office of Apprenticeship in all states advising on this matter.  This is a huge milestone for our industry.  See our AEMA newsletter or contact NAEC for additional information.  We will include more details on this matter on our AEMA website as well.


May, 2013


NAEC responds to “first response questions” from the Department of Labor (DOL), concerning NAEC’s previous submittal of a DOL Occupational Code Application for our Residential & Accessibility industry, using their CAT™ as the main program for a separate SOC code to the DOL the


January, 2013


ASME held their first meetings for the 2013 year in Las Vegas the week of January 7. AEMA was represented on both the PRE (residential elevator committee) and the A18 (wheelchair lift committee) with several AEMA members on each committee.


November, 2012


Elections were held for Board positions with a record number of nominees this year.  Results from the election are as follows: 


Newly Elected Board Members: 


Don Zimmerman - Home Elevator of TX - Contractor Member

Deb Leary - Access Lifts & Ramps - Contractor Member

Tom McIsaac - Stannah Stairlift - Manufacturer Member


 Returning Board Members:


Joe Newstrom - Arrow Lift - Contractor Member

Mark Bosley - Adaptive Environments - Contractor Member

Mark Townsend - Garaventa - Manufacturer Member


September, 18, 2012:


AEMA held its Annual General Meeting (AGM) in Atlantic City, NJ during the NAEC Convention (only a few weeks prior to Hurricane Sandy’s destruction of the NJ coastline).  The AGM was well attended by members, honorary members & guests interested in joining AEMA, including lively discussion with good food and beverage.  This event always presents a wonderful opportunity to catch up with friends and colleagues and to make new acquaintances as well.


In addition to enjoyable socializing, a meeting was held to discuss a number of issues currently facing our industry & businesses. Foremost among those, was the continuing need for our industry to develop a federally approved national education & training program, for merit shop technicians in our industry, to be available for each state’s legislature as they adopt House Bills into Law.  Another discussion of importance was the concern of Do It Yourself (DIY) installations allowed by some providers of our product line.


Thanks to all who attended; we look forward to seeing everyone again at our next AGM.


August, 2012


SUBMISSION FOR A SEPARATE OCCUPATIONAL TITLE FOR OUR RESIDENTIAL & ACCESSIBILITY TECHNICIANS:  AEMA responds to the Department of Labor’s  invitation to AEMA (& a short list of other Subject Matter Experts) to complete & return their Determination Worksheet for a new DOL Occupational Title of “Accessibility and Private Residence Lift Technician” (O*NET-SOC CODE 47-4021.00;  RAPIDS CODE: 0174).  This invitation came as the result of NAEC’s previous submittal for this separate Occupational Title (SOC Code) for our industry.  AEMA has heavily supported this NAEC program. 




Code Corner


June 2014


AEMA and its members continue to be very active in the codes and standards development process. AEMA has become a common "voice" for the industry over the years and that has been instrumental in helping to improve many codes and standards. It is an ongoing effort to keep up with the changes and to make sure that we have a chance to present our views on potential changes. This article discusses one of the major items currently being discussed.

Private Residence Elevators are required to comply with ASME A17.1, Section 5.3. There are two major changes being considered for that section. The first involves the running clearance between the hoistway door and car door. Recent studies have prompted a move to reduce the space. The committee is currently conducting a Hazard Assessment and will use the results to enhance the requirements. The second is a move to provide more guidance for machine rooms, machinery spaces, control rooms and control spaces. This is particularly important with the increase in the number of units being installed with equipment in the hoistway.

Another project that affects all accessibility equipment is the development of Inspection Guides for the equipment. Proposals for the initial guides have been completed for private residence elevators and LU/LA elevators. This information is expected to be included in the next edition of ASME A17.2. Work is still in progress for the A18 products and probably will not be available for a few years. We will try to update you as this project progresses.

Accessibility standards also affect our equipment. ICC/ANSI A117 Accessible and Usable Buildings and Facilities is a private sector accessibility standard. AEMA is a member of the committee responsible for the changes. The biggest issue being discussed during this cycle is a proposal to increase the minimum clear floor space for wheelchairs and the turning spaces. The current proposals would increase the clear floor space to 30 x 42 (currently 30 x 48). This would impact private residence elevators that are required to be accessible (typically multi-unit projects) and vertical platform lifts. Both would require a clear floor space of 36 x 52 if these changes pass. Inclined platform lifts using passenger restraining arms would remain at 36 x 48.

Compliance with all the safety and accessibility requirements is very important, even if these products are not inspected in your area. We will provide updates on the status of these requirements when they become available.


Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA)

ADA Standards for Accessible Design (2010) is the current edition.  It provides both scoping and technical requirements for accessible design, including requirements for platform lifts and elevators.  Copies are available at


International Building Code (IBC)

The current edition is 2012.  Work is currently under way for changes for the 2015 edition.  This standard provides scoping for accessible elements in buildings, including lifts and elevators.  Copies are available through ICC.



National Electric Code (NEC)

The current edition is 2011.  Work is currently under way for changes for the 2014 edition.  This standard provides electrical requirements for the design and installation of lifts and elevators.  Copies are available through NFPA.