we’ve talked a lot about our soap factory, which will be opening soon in Chicago. and while all of the eco-friendly features—such as the 75,000 square foot greenhouse on our roof—typically get most of the spotlight, it’s important to note that there are a lot of people working hard behind the scenes to make our manufacturing plant a reality.
meet jordan. his official title is director of project management, but these days, we like to think of him as the point guard for all things related to our plant. it’s his job to make sure everything gets done on time and on budget. (our finance team really likes him for that last part.)
jordan can talk non-stop about workstreams like site selection, plant design, staffing, equipment procurement + manufacturing transition, but we just asked him to focus on the fun stuff. here, he shares some soap factory trivia that didn’t make our official press release.
answer true or false to the following questions. we don’t have any prizes, but we guarantee it’s a good way to kill some time at work:
1. the first design of the plant’s layout was drawn on a piece of paper with a pencil and ruler by lucy, one of our very own people against dirty®.
2. we considered 150 sites across 50 states for our soap factory.
3. during one site visit, a site owner hired a KISS cover band to play the method anthem to welcome us.
4. in order to hold us accountable for our landscaping design, the City of Chicago required us to pay a deposit for every tree we planned to plant. we have to plant at least 136 trees on-site to get our money back.
5. each one of the solar panels outside our soap factory generate enough energy to power three single-family homes for one year.
ANSWERS: 1. true. we did eventually hire an architect, but this just proves we’re a talented bunch. 2. false. it was only five states. 3. false. it was actually a high school marching band, but a KISS cover would’ve been interesting. 4. true. and we plan to collect every cent. 5. true. that is, of course, an estimate since we can’t control the clouds.