“Think globally, act locally.” This phrase, though the brainchild of the worldwide environmental movement, is a perfect fit for Otis. After 160 years, Otis is United Technologies’ most global operation, with more than 64,000 employees serving customers in nearly every country on earth. From humble beginnings in Yonkers, New York, to the worldwide industry leader it is today, Otis’ long history is a testament to safety, service and performance—and interesting reading too.

What do the Eiffel Tower, the Kremlin, the Washington Monument, Madrid’s Royal Palace and Japan’s first skyscraper have in common? Otis elevators! In many ways, Otis’ history mirrors the history of the modern built environment.

Take a few minutes to explore the world through Otis. See our visual timeline.