The Longaberger Basket
The Longaberger Company is a manufacturer of handcrafted maple wood baskets based near Newark, Ohio. Once employing a thousand manufacturing baskets, the company has just 35 on payroll today. Sales peaked at over $1 billion in 2000, declining to just about $100 million today.
Their former corporate headquarters, shaped like their Medium Market Basket, is a well known landmark. The seven-story, 180,000 square-foot building was constructed by NBBJ and Korda Nemeth Engineering. It opened in 1997.
Owing to the decline of their signature products, Longaberger stopped paying property taxes on their headquarters in 2014. It vacated the premises in July 2016. While the iconic building was once offered for sale for a mere $5 million, it is now in foreclosure after finding no buyers. The complex has since been vandalized and is in need of some tender loving care.