thyssenkrupp in the South
OEM announces milestone, acquisition.
First TWIN System in North America Debuts
The 21-story, mixed-use Coda Building (ELEVATOR WORLD, June 2016), featuring the first North American installation of thyssenkrupp’s TWIN elevator system, with two cars operating independently in one shaft, is open in Tech Square in Midtown Atlanta. The 770,000-sq.-ft. building, which also boasts the world’s tallest spiral staircase, is served by 10 TWIN elevators in five shafts. thyssenkrupp observes TWIN gives leasable space back to the building by reducing the number of shafts, provides better energy efficiency and transports up to 40% more passengers than The Coda in Midtown Atlanta’s Tech Square; image courtesy of thyssenkrupp traditional systems. TWIN will be among the technologies tested in Atlanta at thyssenkrupp Elevator’s new North American headquarters next to The Battery Atlanta (EW, September 2018).
Tennessee Presence Expanded
thyssenkrupp has acquired Nashville Machine Elevator (NME), a 130-employee division of Nashville, Tennessee-based Nashville Machine Co. NME is the largest full-service elevator company in middle Tennessee, serving the region for nearly 100 years. The office will be integrated into thyssenkrupp as one of its Southeast branches, joining locations in Knoxville, Chattanooga and Memphis. All NME employees will be given the opportunity to join thyssenkrupp. Steve Wedge, interim CEO and chief financial officer of thyssenkrupp Elevator Americas, stated:
“As one of our most trusted distributors, NME has consistently demonstrated an expertise and commitment to thyssenkrupp. . . . Their strong relationships in the Nashville area, coupled with an excellent service, modernization and new-installation base, makes NME and its employees the perfect fit in the growing thyssenkrupp family.”
Inaugural CTBUH Event to Examine Skyscraper “Firsts”
Sponsored by Otis and including a presentation from ELEVATOR WORLD Correspondent Dr. Lee Gray, the inaugural First Skyscrapers|Skyscraper Firsts symposium is planned for October 31 as part of the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat’s (CTBUH) 10th World Congress in Chicago. CTBUH and the Society of Architectural Historians will present the one-day event, culminating in a panel discussion among historians who will provide perspectives on the day’s talks. Among points of discussion will be groundbreaking achievements — such as the elevator — in the formative years of the skyscraper. More information may be found at ctbuh2019.com/first/program.