Monday, October 7, 2013

Axalta: Why two offices is better than one

by Natalie Kostelni-Staff Writer, Philadelphia Business Journal
Axalta Coating Systems, which was formerly DuPont Performance Coatings, has taken an unusual route and split its global and North American headquarters. It just located both to Pennsylvania from Delaware — but in separate locations.
“We wanted to have distinct regional operations and a distinct corporate headquarters,” said Matt Winokur, company spokesman. “We wanted to give the North American business its own location and identity.”
The company decided to place its global headquarters in 30,000 square feet in Commerce Square in Center City. It wanted those operations to be in an urban setting so it could easily access transportation such as trains and the airport.
The company moved its North American headquarters to 55,000 square feet off Applied Card Way in Glen Mills, Pa. The site is closer to where most employees live and from where they have been commuting for years, Winokur said. The two offices are about 25 miles apart.

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