FARMINGTON, Connecticut, November 27 /PRNewswire/ --

Otis Elevator Company, a subsidiary of United Technologies Corp. (NYSE: UTX), was awarded a US$26 million contract to provide elevators and escalators at The Bow, a 59-story office building in Calgary, Alberta, Canada.

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The 1.7 million-square-foot (157,930-square-meter) building will be home to EnCana, North America's second largest natural gas producer, and will rise 774 feet (236 meters) above street level, making it Canada's tallest tower outside of Toronto. In addition to escalators and traditional high-rise elevators, Otis will install machine-roomless Gen2(R) systems with flat-belt technology. The Gen2 elevator system incorporates gearless permanent magnet motors, reducing energy usage by up to 50 percent compared to conventional systems. The system's patented flat, polyurethane-coated steel belt requires no additional lubrication, making it more efficient and cleaner for the environment.

"Otis has a long track record in the City of Calgary with many high-rise installations in the downtown," said Richard Tucker, senior vice president of development for Matthews Development, the company leading The Bow project. "The Otis team in Calgary has the depth and experience that is required for the Bow."

The building was named for its crescent shape and its view of the Bow River.

"A win of this magnitude is great recognition for our talented teams and for our superior products and services," said Otis President Ari Bousbib.

Otis Elevator Company is the world's largest manufacturer and maintainer of people-moving products including elevators, escalators and moving walkways. With headquarters in Farmington, Connecticut, Otis employs 62,000 people worldwide, offers products and services in more than 200 countries and territories and maintains 1.6 million elevators and escalators worldwide. United Technologies Corp., based in Hartford, Connecticut, is a diversified company providing high technology products and services to the building and aerospace industries.

Web site: http://www.otis.com

Tizz Weber, Director, Communications, Otis Elevator Company, +1-860-676-6127, Tizz.Weber@Otis.com / Photo: NewsCom: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20071127/NETU003 , AP Archive: http://photoarchive.ap.org, PRN Photo Desk, photodesk@prnewswire.com