ThyssenKrupp announced a new headquarters near The Battery Atlanta in Cobb County, Georgia, in collaboration with the Braves Development Company. The thyssenkrupp Elevator Americas Complex will house more than 900 full-time employees, which represents approximately 6% of thyssenkrupp Elevator Americas total workforce across North America. Upon completion, the new complex will include three facilities anchored by a state-of-the-art, 420-foot tall (128-meter) elevator qualification and test tower, the tallest of its kind in the U.S. and one of the tallest in the world.
“Our focus and commitment to move people safely, comfortably and efficiently – today and in the future – is at the heart of our business, and it requires continued access to top talent, enhanced collaboration and greater operational efficiencies,” said Rich Hussey, CEO of thyssenkrupp Elevator Americas. “Atlanta is synonymous with mobility and innovation, and this move gives us one complex in a national hotbed of innovation that will allow us to serve our customers better than anyone in the industry while providing a high quality of life for our employees.”
With 18 shafts, the Innovation Complex test tower can be used to trial new concepts and product pilots, including high-speed elevators, the two-cabins-per-shaft elevator system, TWIN, as well as the world’s first rope-less and sideways-moving elevator system, MULTI. In addition, the test tower will also conduct robust tests to ensure compliance with stringent safety requirements on standard elevators.
According to thyssenkrupp Elevator CEO, Andreas Schierenbeck: “Our new test tower in Atlanta will be a testimony to thyssenkrupp’s commitment to investing in its global network of innovation centres, which all have forged ever-deepening ties with students and universities nearby,” he said. “Within our network of spectacular high-speed test towers in Germany and China, the new facility in Atlanta will be the third laboratory for futuristic technologies such as the world’s first rope-less elevator, MULTI, and the proven high capacity, two cabins per shaft elevator, TWIN.”