Walking through the halls of our global headquarters in Atlanta, it can be tough to find people who are actually from the city, which is one of the many things that make the home of our well-known consumer brands like Rubbermaid, Sharpie, Paper Mate, Graco, Calphalon, Goody, Levolor and Dymo so diverse. We attract talent from around the world – and having the world’s busiest airport down the street makes the city and our headquarters a great crossroads of experiences and culture. In Atlanta, you’ll find a dedicated consumer marketing hub and state-of-the art customer collaboration center, both designed to increase creativity and collaboration among our employees and partners.
Newell Rubbermaid offices, manufacturing facilities and distribution centers can be found throughout the U.S. and Canada, from small cities across the South and Midwest to technology hubs like Palo Alto, Calif., and cultural meccas like Toronto.
In our Charlotte, N.C. office you’ll find the people behind our globally trusted Professional brands like Irwin Tools and Rubbermaid Commercial Products. Our campus, located just north of the city, is a hub of employees dedicated to our professional end-users like the tradesmen who build our world’s infrastructure and keep it running strong. Those working on our Professional brands not only enjoy all of the things this growing city has to offer, but they are to proud work on some of our brands with the highest growth potential.
Kalamazoo, Mich. boasts Newell Rubbermaid’s new, purpose-built, state-of-the-art Design Center. We believe that great design is the difference between a standard product and one that is beautiful in every way – one that wins with our consumers in markets around the world. Our design center is a huge statement about Newell Rubbermaid’s commitment to becoming a design-led and innovation-driven company. In it you’ll find large, open studio space, immersion labs for the company's priority business segments and people dedicated to imagining the possibilities of future product roadmaps.
São Paulo, the vibrant hub of our Latin American market, is expected to grow three-fold by 2020 - making it larger than the entire state of Georgia, where our global headquarters is located. Going where the growth is, we’re focusing on a wider distribution of our products and elevating leading brands like Paper Mate, Sharpie, Irwin Tools and Rubbermaid Commercial Products showcasing our innovations where they’re needed locally. We’re strategically deploying our portfolio in this fast-growing emerging market, where we know there is demand for our Writing portfolio in schools and need for our Tools and Commercial Products to build and maintain infrastructure. In addition to Brazil, we have locations across Mexico and are quickly expanding in large population centers like Venezuela, Chile and Argentina.
One of fastest growing and dynamic cities in the world, Shanghai is also home to our Asia-Pacific headquarters. APAC is truly a booming market; that's why we have invested to grow the team with new capabilities and employees in six sub-regions. With nearly all of our global brands in the region, we take advantage of areas ripe for growth, such as everyday and fine writing, professional tools and commercial products. Our region includes Greater China, Northeast and Southeast Asia, Australia/New Zealand, India and Japan. New and expanded space in China and Japan – where our Aprica brand originated and resides – speak to expansion in this region and vast opportunity for our employees. Wherever the growth is, we follow it. And we look to adapt locally, launching products engrained with research and insight to find new ways to surprise and delight our consumers. China’s growth of students, middle class and mass retailers along with its huge traditional retail presence and massive steel consumption makes for unprecedented demand in the area. Our people are committed to meeting the needs of billions of consumers in this part of the world.
We have a long history in Europe – our Parker, Waterman, Rotring and Teutonia brands have had close ties to the UK, France and Germany for several decades. And even more impressive than our European past is our future. Our EMEA headquarters are located at the heart of Europe, in Geneva, Switzerland. The city boasts a highly educated and multilingual workforce and offers a great cosmopolitan environment to our people. Also, its quality of life ranks amongst the highest worldwide!
Our newly opened marketing hub in London – one of the world’s most bustling luxury markets – is a perfect fit for our Fine Writing brands. London houses creative marketing agencies and diversified, global talent that are key to supporting our growth ambition. At the same time, much like Atlanta and Charlotte’s marketing centers, our London’s office provides a rich team environment, promoting collaboration and creativity, while offering our employees career advantages more easily.
And we aren’t stopping in Geneva and London. With more than 18 offices in EMEA, the region is our most diverse. Our employees in the region truly demonstrate our values as they forge progress in markets such as Belgium, France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Poland, Russia and the United Arab Emirates. These employees use their unique strengths to connect people to a robust way of life while growing personally and professionally.