What Does This Have to Do With Elevators?

Just looking at it, this picture may seem to have nothing to do with elevators … but it does, in a most interesting way. Your author was among approximately a dozen journalists who visited Finland recently to tour KONE’s recently revamped (and very impressive) underground test “tower,” which is deeper than London’s The Shard is tall. Underground, there is far more than just the lab: There is a restaurant (where movies have been filmed), and a labyrinth-like series of interconnected cave areas, sort of like a surreal hedge maze made of rock. It would have been easy for us to get lost without the guidance of our hosts from KONE, who are familiar with every nook and cranny of the operation, including this interesting feature — a bottle-storage rack perfect for wine storage since the temperature stays at a steady 40 or so degrees Fahrenheit. Here, your author and architect David Malott, chairman of the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat, check out KONE’s underground wine selection. I’ve also included a shot of all of us posing for a group shot. 

One thought on “What Does This Have to Do With Elevators?

  1. I had a similar experience when I worked at KONE. This test shaft is part of the one week on boarding process new managers go through while learning about the company. I was in on boarding with new employees from all over the world. KONE does a fantastic job teaching its employees every a little about every piece of the business, no matter what managerial function your in. Besides this fantastic dinner experience I meat with all of the senior VP’s of the company to learn about what their teams do for the company. Their is a reason this company is one of the most inovative companies in the world. It’s because they have their teams all rowing in the same direction. I’m glad you were able to experience even a little piece of what they do.

    David Brown
    Former KONE plant manager-

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