Strange but true

The Longaberger Company in Ohio is a replica of the company's medium Market Basket

07 November 2007
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    Founded in 1973, The Longaberger Company is America's premier maker of handcrafted baskets and offers other quality home and lifestyle products. There are approximately 45,000 independent home consultants nationwide who sell Longaberger products directly to customers.

    Construction began in October 1995 on the Longaberger Company's seven-storey Home Office, a replica of the company's Medium Market Basket and the dream of company founder Dave Longaberger. Construction was completed in December 1997. Situated on a park-like setting in Newark, Ohio, the building is visited by thousands of visitors each year.

    The property covers 25 acres, weighing 8,000-9,000 tons with a square footage of 180,000 and the dimensions are 92' long, 126' wide at grade, widening to 208' x 142' at the roof. The construction timeline was 2 years and 3 months and the exterior finish is clay stucco. The building capacity is approximately 500 employees.

    The two basket handles are attached to the top of the building with copper and wooden rivets replicating those on a Longaberger Basket; the handles, which weigh about 150 tons, are heated to prevent ice from forming.

    Since its construction, The Longaberger Home Office has been subject of numerous print and electronic media stories reaching audiences around the world.

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