Midland Chutes is a company that has been around for nearly 40 years. They are based in Illinois and began operations in 1976 as Midland Metalcraft Company making trash and linen chutes for high-rise buildings, including many famous hotels in Las Vegas and at Petco Field in San Diego. They are the largest manufacturer of chutes in the United States based on size of the physical plant, and all of their products are made in the US.
A Midland Chutes handle can come in a few different styles. A T-style handle looks like a T when viewed from the side. These handles come with the exterior handle, the spindle, and two keys, for installation. It mounts to the front of the door on either the left or right side for side-opening doors, or on the top for a bottom-hinged door. The handles typically come with an attractive chrome finish like which can add a bright touch of style to the door. Linen and trash chutes are designed to be functional, but no one really considers their aesthetics, usually. A T handle is great for being able to get a solid grip on the handle and turn it to open the door, making it ideal for trash chutes.
T Handle Kit
This is a T-handle kit and is suitable for both a Bottom Hinged and Side Hinged chute intake door. The T handle has the popular v spindle and comes with a latch. It is fitted with a “key alike” cylinder and 2 keys.
There are also Midland Chutes handles designed in an L shape. This is ideal for people with disabilities or the elderly who might have arthritis issues. It can be turned without having to grip the handle as tightly. As there are many high-rise retirement homes, there are sure to be trash and linen chutes in these buildings. To be sure the handle will be easy to use, look for ones that state they are ADA compliant.
Midland Chutes handles are keyed alike to the rest of the doors in the building so the maintenance staff can carry fewer keys. This will make doing their regular checks easier, and should they need to lock out a chute for repairs, they do not need to search through a large pile of keys to locate the right one. It also makes it easier for building managers since they have to carry enough keys for the location as it is.
These handles can help meet all national NFPA (National Fire Protection Association) and state fire code standards. A Midland Chutes handle can latch a door closed so the fire does not spread. By having the door closed at the top, there is not the updraft that can otherwise occur in case of fire. Without fuel, fires do not spread as quickly, and they can therefore be contained much more easily, preventing a high-rise disaster.
A Midland Chutes handle can also be installed on the bottom door of the chute, again to ensure safety when not in use, so fires do not spread. When a chute is taken out of service for maintenance or cleaning, both handles can be locked to keep it from being used accidentally and causing a clog or items to fall into places outside the chute.