What do the Trump International Tower in Chicago, the Washington D.C. Transit System, Madison Square Garden in New York, Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis and The Gateway Arch in St. Louis all have in common?
They all use KONE elevators. And they’re all connected back to Allen, Texas.
KONE, which is pronounced [Cone-Ay], was started in Finland in 1910 and expanded to the U.S. in 1981. In 2010, the global leader in the elevator and escalator industry consolidated operations into a nearly 25,000-sq-ft. office space in Allen Central Park. At the same time, they moved their central tool storage facility to nearby Twin Creeks Business Center.
They are the lead tenant in first phase of AllenPlace, which is currently under construction east of North Central Expressway between West Bethany and West McDermott Drives. The $26 million initial phase of the five-building, 700,000-square-foot office park will keep KONE growing and include additional office space and improved testing facilities. The company will occupy the entire first building and a portion of the second building in the office park.
Approximately 80 positions will be added at the new Allen facility, says Patrick O’Connell, a spokesman for the company. “KONE AllenPlace will be home to a variety of skilled employees, from sourcing and supply chain specialists; research and development engineers; product installation experts and trainers; to logistical specialists that are building job-site tool boxes and manufacturing specialists adding electrical components to our elevator products.”
Currently the KONE Torreon, Mexico facility is responsible for the construction of KONE’s base elevator cars and doors, the foundation of the company’s product line. KONE AllenPlace will start a new center of excellence for KONE Americas, picking up from the KONE Torreon’s base car and doors and making the elevator products’ electrification and installation processes come to life, Patrick explains.
Recently, KONE was named to Forbes Magazine’s list of the World’s Most Innovative Companies, featured on the list for the fifth year in a row. The organization also has several industry accolades including Elevator World’s Project of the Year award.
It’s no surprise that this top-quality company has found a home in Allen.
“Allen and the Dallas community has been a great place for KONE Americas to grow our business,” Patrick says. “We are able to attract a talented pool of candidates from the area and attribute some of this to the new housing and infrastructure developments, as well as a great metro area full of family-friendly activities.”