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Turnstone awards office makeovers, anticipates return trip to region

Turnstone last week awarded Goodsmiths (top left), Bailey Lauerman and CremaLab (right) $20,000 office makeovers.

Office furniture company turnstone on Friday handed out its third $20,000 office makeover in three days to wrap up the Silicon Prairie leg of Culture@Work in the Heartland competition. Traveling in a turnstone branded-bus, company representatives made stops at Des Moines startup Goodsmiths, Omaha ad agency Baily Lauerman and Kansas City, Mo. web design and development firm CremaLab to personally congratulate each winner.

“The intent of this was really just talking about what we believe is important about culture,” chief marketing officer Jon Eggleton said Thursday. “If you look at each one of the winners they all really represent that in a different way.”

Turnstone, a division of Grand Rapids-based Steelcase, will have the winners’ new furniture installed by month’s end, a process that began the moment they entered each office, Eggleton said. In addition to the $20,000 in product, turnstone provides the winners – as it does its customers – complimentary space design consulting.

As for what $20,000 at turnstone buys, the makeover should give each company 3-4 new office settings, Eggleton said. A four-desk and chair combo, for example, starts at around $5,000. Turnstone also sells couches, conference tables and shelves, among other items.

Turnstone, which concludes its bus tour at South by Southwest Interactive this week, already has plans to return to the region.

“Most definitely we will be back,” Eggleton said, noting details are uncertain at this point. “We certainly were impressed and excited enough that we want to invest more and come back to the area and build on those relationships that we feel like we built on this tour.”

As part of the competition, the company also awarded makeovers to companies in Chicago and Dallas.


Credits: Photos by Jon Eggleton and Turnstone. Jon Eggleton photo from facebook.com.

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