Welcome to AEMA

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 OFFICIAL BYLAWS Nov 2018 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 apply for membership in the association and if approved, 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, manufacturing , 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).


Our Vision for Your Future

To grow and develop the accessibility equipment industry by establishing and participating in programs that promote the awareness, understanding and use of accessibility equipment

To encourage accessibility equipment manufacturers to interact collectively with building owners, code writers, regulatory authorities, accessibility contractors, government and others associated with accessibility equipment

To contribute to the development, standardization and proliferation of safety codes and standards that affect the design, installation and use of accessibility equipment

To promote the common business interests of the accessibility and elevator industries

To serve as a forum for the standardization of accessibility equipment design aspects that impact user safety, security and ease of use, including equipment operation, signage and terminology

Message From

Rick Crane, 2018 AEMA President

Dear AEMA Members,

Thank you for the privilege to represent AEMA, and this exceptional industry, as your board President. During 2018, I am happy to serve you beside newly elected board members James Boydston of Handi-Lift, Kurt Frietzsche of Pacific Access Elevator, and Bill Stratton of Inclinator, as well as returning members Mark Townshend of Garaventa, and Ron Rucker of D-C ElevatorAlso returning is Katrina Fleming as our Secretary and paid administrative staff member.

Along with the aforementioned board members, I am happy to announce that Bill Page of Bruno and Don Zimmerman of Home Elevator of Texas have also graciously offered to continue to volunteer their services to the Aema board on an ongoing basis, as has Bill Richardson of Savaria, who will represent Aema on the A117.1 code committee this year.

I have to say what a privilege it is to serve with so many dedicated people who graciously volunteer their time for the betterment of this industry and our association.  They certainly deserve both our appreciation and our thanks.

During 2018, Aema will continue to focus on the following imperatives: promoting industry wide technical education and certification through the CAT/CET programs; advocating product safety and product advancement through the involvement of our members on the various code committees; and maintaining legislative activism at the State and Federal levels on issues pertinent to our industry and individual organizations.

As well, we are obligated to assure that Aema remains as relevant tomorrow as it is today by continuing to offer exceptional value, and ever improving success to our member organizations and our industry. That will be my mission as your President, and I thank all of you for the opportunity.


Rick Crane