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Eugene Company's Steel Helped Make Amazon's Spheres


A worker at Mohawk Metal grinds on a beam at the company's 35,000-square-foot facility in west Eugene. Amazon's new downtown Seattle headquarters features millions of pounds of steel from Mohawk Metal.

A worker at Mohawk Metal grinds on a beam at the company’s 35,000-square-foot facility in west Eugene. Amazon’s new downtown Seattle headquarters features millions of pounds of steel from Mohawk Metal.

Brian Davies/The Register-Guard

The gigantic glass spheres rising nearly 100 feet in downtown Seattle are a testament to their owner’s corporate dominance.

But scattered throughout tech giant Amazon’s new $4 billion office park, dubbed the Amazon Spheres, is the handiwork of a Eugene business.

Mohawk Metal was one of three metal fabricators across the country picked to process and fabricate the millions of pounds of steel needed to build the Amazon Spheres. The domed campus opened this month, giving up to 800 Amazon employees at a time the chance to work in an office environment that features more than 400 plant species, plus waterfalls and junglelike workspaces.

The largest of the three spheres is 90 feet tall and 130 feet in diameter.

Read the whole story at The Register-Guard.

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