Talk:Otis Elevator Company

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"Today, the company employs over 60,000 people, and its 2004 fiscal revenues were $8,999 million USD"
Is this 8.999 Million, or 8.9 Billion? It's an odd way of denoting the amount. Rurik 10:59, 20 July 2006 (UTC)

8, 900 Million is 8.9 Billion. Also, the tidbit at the end with it "Otis elavators carrying the worlds population in 9 days" -- is most certainly impossible considering that I haven't been in an elevator in the last 9 days therefore they don not carried the entire world population EVERY 9 days. Unless of course, these statistics allow for repeated use of the same subject in a population -- for example -- 1 person gets on an escalator and travels on it say.. 1 million times then they get 6 000 other people to do likewise. If this worked only 6 000 people would've rode the elavator but the equivalent of the World's population (6 billion) would've ridden on the elavator. They didn't word it to do this, however. I'll just fix that then :) --Mofomojo 01:58, 29 August 2006 (UTC)
Though this is in reply to an old comment, carrying the worlds population in 9 days means the total amount of people who have ridden in Otis elevators. So in 9 days otis elevators have moved enough people to equal the worlds population. Not that otis elevators have moved everyone in the world every nine days as that would be impossible given the amount of people in underdeveloped nations who have no such infrastructure. (talk) 19:12, 29 July 2013 (UTC)

"There is an Otis Elevator Company testing site in Bristol, Connecticut. The sight of a tall skyscraper in this desolate area is found to be startling to some."

Desolate area? ESPN is literally across the street, and there is light commercial and residential zones surrounding the tower (including the Lake Compounce amusement park). I'd hardly call that "desolate", unless one considers the entire city to be "desolate". Area residents are quite used to the tower.

Incidentally, the test tower in Bristol is not Otis' largest; the tower in Shibayama, Japan is quite a bit taller. The Bristol Research Center is the tallest elevator test tower in North America, at 117 m (383 ft). The Shibayama tower is 154 m (505 ft) above ground. 11:24, 20 May 2007 (UTC)


Are there any OTIS elevators/escalators/moving walkways in Cuba? -- 12:33, 1 October 2007 (UTC)

Nogales, Mexico[edit]

Needs disambiguating. Aille (talk) 06:46, 25 September 2008 (UTC)


The paragraph about ESCO is simply untrue and has been deleted. Otis Elevator did buy ESCO's assets and currently owns some of its documentation and parts, etc. —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 18:36, 20 February 2009 (UTC)


Lead paragraph states: "the company pioneered the development of the safety elevator, invented by Otis, which used a special mechanism to lock the elevator car in place should the hoisting ropes fail." If indeed elevators used "ropes" for hoisting, a safety mechanism would be routinely needed - presumably should say "cables" instead.Jmdeur (talk) 17:35, 12 October 2009 (UTC)

What people commonly call cable, is technically referred to as "wire rope". When elevators began to become available in the mid 1800's, hemp or other plant fibers were used to make rope. During that time, steel making was in its infancy as the Bessemer process was only beginning to invent the steel industry. So yes, rope is the appropriate term to use. (talk) 19:30, 29 July 2013 (UTC)

Waygood Otis[edit]

So when did Otis become Waygood Otis? (talk) 09:17, 4 October 2011 (UTC)