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thyssenkrupp Elevator Americas

    • Executive Leadership: Rich Hussey, President and CEO.
    • Industries Supported: Construction, Modernization, Services/Maintenance.

    • Revenue: $3.5B, 40% of thyssenkrupp’s global Elevator revenues of $8.7B.
      • thyssenkrupp Elevator Americas has manufacturing and R&D sites in the U.S., Canada and Brazil.
      • thyssenkrupp Elevator Americas has 20,000 employees in over 230 branch and service locations.
    • In the U.S., the thyssenkrupp Elevator Americas executive team currently is headquartered in Alpharetta, Georgia, though other corporate functions are located elsewhere.
    • thyssenkrupp Elevator Americas is the largest producer of elevators in the Americas.
    • Key offices:
      • Test and Qualification Tower: Horn Lake, MS
      • U.S. Manufacturing Headquarters: Middleton, TN
    • Iconic buildings featuring thyssenkrupp Elevator technology:
      • Denver International Airport
        • At 34,000 acres, DIA is the largest land area commercial airport in the U.S. Its annual passenger capacity is 52.6 million. Features: 74 traction elevators, 40 hydraulic elevators, 114 escalators, 53 moving walks.
      • One World Trade Center (New York)
        • Houses the fastest elevators in North and South America. Elevators travel up to 23 miles per hour. Features: 71 elevators, 12 escalators.
      • Sun Life Stadium (Miami)
        • Home of the Miami Dolphins and Miami Hurricanes, the stadium has the capacity of 76,100 people. Features: 30 elevators and eight escalators.
      •  Shangri-La Hotel (Toronto)
        • This 65-story, 5-star hotel and luxury condominium building features some of the fastest elevators in Canada.  Features: 29 elevators.
    • In the U.S., nearly 1,200 employees develop, test and manufacture the elevator product line.
    • The International Technical Services (ITS) Research and Development department closely monitors technological trends and innovations, including those of its competitors, to arm thyssenkrupp field technicians with custom-made diagnostic tools to improve repair speed and limit downtime.
      • The Diagnostic Tools department gathers information from R&D and creates unique devices for field technicians and engineers. All tools are developed in-house and used to troubleshoot, maintain and adjust digital elevator controllers and subsystems for both thyssenkrupp and its competitors’ technologies.


    thyssenkrupp Elevator in Atlanta

    • thyssenkrupp Elevator Americas is bringing together functions currently dispersed throughout the U.S. to create a new headquarters in Atlanta.
    • It’s all part of a broader strategy to provide quality solutions to customers, better communication and collaboration in operations, and create a great place to work. By bringing together various teams, thyssenkrupp will create synergies and streamline corporate functions. Additionally, the move presents an opportunity to grow market share and solidify industry leadership.


    The New Build

    • thyssenkrupp Elevator Americas is building a new headquarters in Cobb County, Georgia, near SunTrust Park, home of the Atlanta Braves. The three-building complex will unite disparate parts of the Americas business, strengthening workplace culture and creating an environment where collaboration, creativity and unwavering commitment to customers will thrive.
    • This state-of-the-art headquarters in Atlanta will include:
      • Corporate Headquarters (CHQ): 155,000 square-feet, home to executive team, corporate functions, software lab, engineering office and training facilities.
      • Innovation and Qualification Center (IQC): 420 feet tall.  Showroom, presentation, event and experience spaces, qualification lab and a test tower.
    • The test tower will include 10 mid-rise shafts, two passenger elevators, and six low-rise elevators.
      • The test tower will be the tallest of its kind in the Americas. Its shafts will be used to trial new concepts and product pilots, including:
    • High-speed elevators.
    • The two-cabins-per-shaft elevator system – the TWIN.
    • And the world’s first rope-free and sideways-moving elevator system – the MULTI.
    • Business Headquarters (BHQ): 80,000 square-feet, home to shared service and administrative functions. A short walk to CHQ and IQC, easy access to I-75 and I-285.

    Why Atlanta

    • Atlanta is an emerging hotbed of technology and innovation. One of the 10 biggest U.S. cities by GDP, it boasts a favorable business climate, a solid foundation of both Fortune 100 companies and startups, an emerging innovation cluster and an exceptional talent pool fed by world-class universities and organizations.
    • Atlanta is a great place for families. It features parks, tight-knit neighborhoods, easy access to prime vacation spots, a strong educational system with abundant scholarships, professional sports teams and a vibrant cultural scene. It is a world-class city with a strong economy, and is among the fastest-growing cities in the country.
      • thyssenkrupp evaluated a number of potential sites across North America, but ultimately decided on the Southeastern U.S.  Atlanta was the city that best met present and future needs to serve customers and foster business growth.
    • thyssenkrupp Elevator Americas has been part of Atlanta for more than 30 years. Among its locations in Georgia:  Alpharetta, Kennesaw, and Acworth, a total of more than 300 people.


    Timeline and Taxes

    • The new, three-building complex entails an investment of more than $200 million. 
    • The Cobb County Development Authority approved a 10-year tax abatement for this project.
    • thyssenkrupp will break ground this year, with completion expected by 2022. will document all phases of this process, including a live camera feed of the construction site.



    • This move offers several important benefits to the state and local economy: 
      • The creation of new, high-paying jobs (more than 600 new, more than 900 total).
      • This project creates new demand for talent, helping Georgia retain high-tech talent from leading universities and institutions.



    Dennis Van Milligen

    Communications Specialist

    thyssenkrupp Elevator

    Tel:       +1 312 525 3190