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Spreadshirt's new Headquarters in Leipzig-Plagwitz
Leipzig, October 22, 2008 -- Spreadshirt, the worldwide creative apparel platform, has moved into its new headquarters. The building is located in the former industrial area of Plagwitz and parts of the structure are a historically protected 19th century production hall. The industrial ruins were reconstructed by the CG-Group and the architects Hormuth & Partner according to the needs and wishes of Spreadshirt to become a modern office and production complex. "Our goal was to create a great place to work that mirrored our values. What you find in our new building is openess, light, serious work space, and quirky creativity - all with our production at the heart. We built something to last us for many years to come," says Jana Eggers, Spreadshirt's CEO.
The company actively included its employees in the planning and construction process of its new workplace in order to better incorporate their needs and desires. "This is how so many areas were created which were contrary to the typical 'my door, my desk, my office', thus encouraging communication and team work," says Spreadshirt's founder Matthias Spiess. Some of the features of the new headquarters include 15 meeting rooms (formerly only two), a lounge, a large cafeteria, terraces with about 900 m² as well as many atria. A foosball table, ping pong table and Wii accordingly provide a little fun and exercise at work. The production and office space accounts for 7000 m², which is enough room for all departments, even if they are to expand, as expected. Spreadshirt currently has 25 open positions in Leipzig alone.
The interior of the building is dominated by structures of steel and glass. An atmosphere of transparency and cooperation is thus created, which underscores Spreadshirt's philosophy and work ethic. The historical charm of the building was not plastered over, in fact it remains intact with exposed brick walls and support beams. There are also the "flying shirts", which are stuck into the facade of the building like ninja stars and make the building visible from afar. The designs on these shirts were chosen together with partners and customers.
The official opening happens today in the presence of Leipzig Mayor Burkhard Jung. We would be happy to provide photos and a summary of the event upon request.
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Spreadshirt is the “things you wear” answer to the growing desire for personal branding — letting customers quickly create one-of-a-kind, high-quality, expressive apparel. Our customers are:
Like tattoos, phone skins and MySpace or Facebook pages, Spreadshirt lets customers show who they are with what they wear, be it customised **US**customized** t-shirts, jackets, bags, or accessories.
With Spreadshirt's online platform, sellers offer their creations without worrying about inventory, printing, shipping, payment and customer service. A Spreadshirt shop is both free to set up and to run.
Spreadshirt was founded in 2002 in Leipzig without any outside capital and now employs more than 300 employees in Europe and the United States. More than 400,000 shop partners worldwide use Spreadshirt, including numerous companies, organizations, clubs, artists and individuals.
The most printed shirt in Spreadshirt's apparel is the white Classic T-shirt. In addition, we offer and print over 90 products for our partners, from sweatshirts to bags to jackets.
Europe's largest continuing t-shirt design contest, laFraise.com, has been part of Spreadshirt since 2006. The laFraise community votes on the winning design, which is then printed in a limited edition of 500 shirts.
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