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KONE Wins Big Contracts, Brings Jobs To Quad Cities

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KONE announced Thursday one of the largest contracts in company history. The contract is with the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority.  

KONE has been hired to make 128 escalator units at 34 stations in the Washington, D.C. transit system.     

Company representatives say the big contract will create up to 25 new jobs and take seven years to complete.  

The big contract is bringing jobs and economic development to the Quad Cities. 

"We will have additional people employed which will help tremendously with the local economy," KONE Unit Director Enio Marcello says. 

"It will help us retain a tremendous amount of work here and secure jobs here in the Quad Cities area," he says, "We're in the process right now of hiring additional people to contribute to this project."    

The project is set to be KONE's largest in history, boosting the local economy and putting the QC on the map for bigger projects to come.  

"It continues to build our capabilities in highly skilled workforce, in the kind of highly skilled contracts we can attract to this region," QC Chamber of Commerce CEO Tara Barney says. 

The project is also part of the 'Buy America' requirement for transportation infrastructure projects. 

"This is part of the Buy America requirement where it specifies that some work has to be done in the US," Marcello says. 

And it's keeping jobs and investment at home.

"The intent of the department was to protect American jobs; that's helping tremendously," Marcello says. 

That's exactly what this new contract for KONE is doing. Reps say all the jobs created by this project will be in Coal Valley, and the escalators will manufactured in the QC. 

"It helps to boost the economy, it helps to sustain a workforce locally and support our local economy," Marcello says.

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