KONE has acquired the San Francisco-based business of Empire Elevator Co., Inc., an independent elevator company. Empire has operated in the attractive Bay Area market since 1978 under the capable leadership of President Bruce Moore, who will join the combined KONE team in a key role.

Empire and KONE will be combining their elevator operations under the KONE name during the next few months.

“The Empire and KONE operations will fit well together and we are thrilled to be adding great new customers in the very important San Francisco market,” said Larry Wash, KONE Executive Vice President for the Americas.

“We are also gaining a wealth of talent from the skilled and experienced employees joining KONE from Empire and look forward to welcoming these new team members to our team,” Wash added.