Thyssenkrupp reaches new heights with Atlanta headquarters  

German firm Thyssenkrupp, one of the world's largest elevator companies, is set to build a state-of-the-art headquarters in Atlanta, Georgia. Built in collaboration with the Braves Development Company, the Innovation Complex will include the tallest elevator test tower in the US

The 128m elevator qualification and test tower is one of the tallest in the world and will be used to test new concepts and elevator safety requirements. One of the new concepts is the TWIN elevator system, in which two cars arranged on top of each other operate independently in a single elevator shaft.

“This complex will re-shape the Atlanta skyline and be a point-of-pride for Cobb County and our region,” said Mike Plant, president and CEO of the Braves Development Company. “We are thrilled to have a top company like Thyssenkrupp join other businesses in and around SunTrust Park and The Battery Atlanta as the area continues to enjoy unprecedented growth.”

The complex will house more than 900 full-time employees, 6% of Tyssenkrupp Elevator’s total US workforce, and will be used to trial new concepts, including the world’s first rope-free and sideways-moving elevator system, MULTI. Completion of the Innovation Complex is expected by early 2022.

“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.”

Thyssenkrupp’s portfolio includes passenger and freight elevators, escalators and moving walks, passenger boarding bridges, and stair and platform lifts. Thyssenkrupp oversees nearly 400 facilities in the United States, Canada and Mexico, employing more than 22,500 people.