CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Honeywell executives huddled with their counterparts from the Carolina Panthers at the start of this year, looking for ways two of Charlotte’s most prominent companies could collaborate. Several months earlier, Honeywell began a small-scale marketing partnership with the NFL franchise.
“We had been talking to them about how we could help with their facilities,” said Jeff Kimbell, Honeywell senior vice president and chief commercial officer. “We offer technology that helps save energy, that helps with air quality in general, a lot of building control systems.”
Honeywell International Inc., with $37 billion in annual revenue, relocated its headquarters to Charlotte from New Jersey in 2019. Soon after the move, company executives began looking to make community inroads.
By January, Honeywell and the Panthers were discussing how to make Bank of America Stadium run more efficiently. Better monitoring of utility use and air quality, and adjusting as needed, were obvious steps.
Two months later, Covid-19 arrived, upending everything.
Kimbell and Honeywell, eyeing both a necessity and an opportunity, adapted the company’s building control software and dashboards into systems of sanitation and health monitoring. Those systems are being put to use at Bank of America Stadium — and other pro sports teams are already interested.
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