Trade Center photos put Ohio farm boy on world stage

By Matt Reese

The work of former Ohio farm boy Scott Lahmers has gone viral on the Internet as viewers from around the world clicked on his pictures of work being done in the One World Trade Center, Tower One, in Lower Manhattan.

The son of a 4-H agent, Lahmers grew up in Morgan County raising steers, chickens, pigs, sheep, and horses on the small farm for family consumption and 4-H and FFA projects. His sister, Beth, currently serves as an OCJ copy editor and oversees traffic for Ohio Ag Net. Lahmers and his wife currently live in Georgia, but he frequently returns home to Ohio, especially for Ohio State football games.

Scott Lahmers

Lahmers started working as an elevator constructor helper in downtown Columbus. After years of work, he now serves as a technical specialist for ThyssenKrupp Americas. One of his projects now has Lahmers lofty in the rafters of the One World Trade Center project in New York, with ThyssenKrupp Americas installing 74 elevators and 9 escalators in the building. In December, he took some pictures of the visually impressive installation of escalators. The photos generated quite a stir on the Internet.

“ThyssenKrupp has about 65 people working on the project on the site,” Lahmers said. “When I took the photos it was to memorialize or document the day for us.”

Photo by Scott Lahmers

He posted the photos on the company’s website without really looking at them. From there, things just took off. The photos were such a sensation that the online photo sharing site “Flickr” recently highlighted Lahmers and his beautiful photographs on their blog that put this Ohio farm boy on an international stage.

Photo by Scott Lahmers.

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