Global elevator manufacturer Kone has opened a new U.S. facility in Allen, Texas. The 16,000 square-meter facility houses Kone Americas’ supply operations with a light manufacturing unit, major project engineering, research and development department, and other product and installation support functions. The facility also features a 40-meter tall test tower with six elevator shafts to evaluate prototypes and new components before they go into production.
“As the world’s population continues to urbanize and move into cities, there’s a growing demand for taller, smarter buildings and more innovative vertical transportation solutions,” said Larry Wash, Executive Vice President for Kone Americas. “This new facility is evidence of our commitment to that need. We’re investing in our supply chain infrastructure, research and development, and importantly, in our people, so we can support our growing North American business.”
Texas-based Kone employees will relocate from the former office location to the new site, and the facility will boost the local economy, bringing as many as 80 new jobs to Allen. Jussi Oijala, Senior Vice President, will serve as the site leader, driving Kone’s vision for the facility. “We’re extremely proud to be growing our research and development, along with manufacturing capabilities in Allen,” Oijala said. “The additional office space and improved testing facilities will accelerate our growth, and deliver innovative People Flow solutions for our customers.”