If you were to wonder through our powder coating facility and out the back door you would be magically whisked away from the droning of the kiln & suddenly surrounded by the buzzing of bees. A few steps outside into the back lot lives a hive of Ore’s very own bees. They arrived last spring as the first step in a series of bigger things to come, the goal for the space is to have a full garden in the works this coming spring and eventually incorporate chickens into the mix. Taking care of the bees and harvesting honey is just another daily task here at the office. The perks of having our own bees not only include getting to dress up and play beekeeper, but at the end of the season we had our very own delicious organic honey (enough to jar & share with anyone who wanted to partake in the sweetness). But the decision to have bees wasn’t just because we thought they would be a fun addition to the office; the pollinator population has seen a rapid decline in the last decade which is an alarming fact since they play an integral role in biodiversity & the global food web. So like other independent bee owners, we decided to do our part and help try and keep the pollinator numbers growing. This, I believe, is one of the key factors that lead to a successful company; not only producing a great product but also making the conscience decision to zoom out & incorporate values & passion into the workplace. This is precisely why I love it here at Ore (and really, who wouldn’t love the opportunity to see their boss in a beekeepers suit).
“The next breakthrough in architecture may not come from the likes of Frank Gehry. It’s more likely to come from a chemist. Why? Because our future buildings will be shaped as much by the materials on offer as by the visionaries whose work we come to hate or love.”—