Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Interesting Hometown Sights

I thought today I would share with you, an interesting place near my home. The largest basket in the world is just five minutes from my home! The famous Longaberger baskets are handcrafted in my area and the home office is located in the "big basket" ! Here are some interesting facts about the LONGABERGER HOME OFFICE basket;

Outstanding Features
  • Offices are situated around a seven-story, 30,000 sq. ft atrium where employees and guests can enjoy the natural daylight from the skylight.
  • Two basket handles are attached to the building with replica copper and wooden rivets.
  • The handles are heated to prevent ice from forming.
  • Two Longaberger tags are attached to the sides of the building. The gold leaf painted tags are 725 lbs each and measure 25' long x 7' tall x 3" thick.
  • A majority of the cherry woodwork in the building was harvested from Longaberger Golf Club® in Hanover, dried and milled in our facility, sawed and shaped at our Construction Woodshop, finished and installed by our Construction Division.
Points of Interest
  • The Longaberger Company designed the exterior and interior of the building. NBBJ and Korda Nemeth Engineering administered the construction process.
  • The building is a trademark of The Longaberger Company.
  • Groundbreaking began on October 23, 1995 and employees moved in December 9, 1997.
  • The building has been featured in The Wall Street Journal, People magazine, Time magazine and U.S. News & World Report.
  • Longaberger has received numerous landscaping and construction awards for this building.
  • Product displays in the lobby feature new products and the Longaberger sales kit for the independent sales consultant business opportunity.
Building Facts
  • Property size: 25 acres
  • Building capacity: 500 employees
  • Building footage: 180,000 square feet
  • Total weight of building: Approximately 9,000 tons
  • Total weight of handles: Approximately 150 tons
  • Number of windows: 84
  • Seven stories in height
  • 192' long x 126' wide at grade, widening to 208' long x 142' wide at roof
  • 160 times longer, wider and taller than the Medium Market Basket

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