Schindler Elevator Corp. is a $10 billion international company with its U.S. headquarters in Morristown. As one of the big four in its sector, it installs, maintains and repairs both elevators and escalators.
But if you think the business is only about getting people from point A to point B, you’re mistaken.
Schindler not only is a manufacturing company, it is a technology and sustainability company as well. Its latest models not only increase ease of use, but reduce energy costs while increasing working productivity.
And it does so with an eye on security as well.
Greg Ergenbright, president of U.S. and Canadian operations, realizes the average Joe doesn’t understand the ins and outs of his industry. And he’s OK with that.
“That’s something that’s very common about our business,” he said. “If you haven’t had to do anything with your elevators you probably don’t know anything about our business.”
With that in mind, NJBIZ sat with Ergenbright and Senior Project Manager Jerry Piserchia to talk the past, present and future of the company and the industry:
NJBIZ: We hear all of the negative reasons for setting up shop in New Jersey. Yet, here you are. Why have you chosen Morristown as the base for your more than 5,000 U.S. employees?
Greg Ergenbright: It makes sense for us. If you step back for a minute and think about population, you’re going to find the largest concentration of elevators where you are going to find the largest concentration of people. The U.S. business is a significant piece of Schindler’s global business. The U.S. is 15 percent of the global business, and the New York-New Jersey market is 15 percent of the U.S. business. We have nearly 1,000 employees in this market.
There’s traffic and taxes, but you get a great workforce. We’re here because it’s close to our business and close to our customers, so it’s a great place to be.
NJBIZ: Let’s talk about your biggest local project: You did the elevators at the World Trade Center in Tower 4, which opened last fall, and you have them in Tower 3, which is expected to open in 2017. How did you secure that contract over all the others in a crowded field?