How many companies do you know that have employees who work in the
product that they sell? In Newark, Ohio, the employees of the
Longaberger Basket Company work in a seven-story version of their
product. The giant basket is 59 meters (192 ft) long by 38 meters (126
ft) wide at the base and 63 meters (208 ft) long by 43 meters (142 ft)
wide at the top. Its handles weigh approximately 150 tons.
Unsurprisingly, the seven-story Longaberger Basket Company headquarters
holds the record for being the world’s largest basket.
The building was the dream child of Dave Longaberger, the company’s
founder. Starting the company in 1976, Longaberger spent $30 million to
build the office in 1996, and it took over two years to complete the
structure. Originally, Longaberger planned to franchise the design,
turning all of his company buildings across the US into versions of the
company headquarters. Sadly, the dream passed away along with
Longaberger. Right after the construction of the basket headquarters,
Dave Longaberger died at 64 years old in 1999 from kidney cancer.
However, his legacy lives on in both his company’s baskets and in one of
the most bizarre company headquarters in the world.