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Stampin' Up! Opens New Home Office

March 17, 2005

Stampin' Up! Opens Its New Riverton Campus

RIVERTON, UTAH (March 17, 2005) - Stampin' Up!®, a leading manufacturer of decorative rubber stamps used in crafting and home décor, will open its new 300,000 square-foot building on Friday, March 18, at an invitation-only Ribbon-Cutting ceremony. Speakers will include Stampin' Up! CEO Shelli Gardner, Lt. Governor Gary R. Herbert, Salt Lake County Mayor Peter Corroon and Riverton Mayor Mont Evans.

"This campus is a symbol of the hard work of our employees and demonstrators over the last 17 years," says CEO Gardner. "It's more than a building to us, it's our new home, and it will give us plenty of room to grow in the future."

Raised in Kanab, Utah, where Stampin' Up!'s manufacturing plant remains today, Gardner has always had an affinity for small towns and wanted to marry the architectural styles of southern and northern Utah. She wanted to construct a building that would fit with its environment and reflect the craftsmanship and character of an historic building. The Union Pacific and McCormick buildings in downtown Salt Lake City were influential in developing the American Bracketed design of the Stampin' Up! facility, which is reminiscent of a small-town office building circa 1840-1880. The new facility, sitting on 55 acres, combines the company's distribution center and administrative offices for the first time.

"We searched for months to find just the right location, and finally on a Sunday drive we found this property. My husband pulled the car over, and I told him if the farmer were out I would take my shoes off, walk across the field, and ask him if I could buy it."

As it turned out, Gardner bought the property several months later and began construction. In an effort to be as noninvasive as possible, Gardner had architects sink the distribution center portion of the building 15 feet into the ground, minimizing its impact on the neighborhood.

The building reflects Gardner's love of nature and consideration for her employees' comfort. Its features include hardwood door frames, moldings, pillars and benches; tumbled marble floors; and floor-to-ceiling windows that give each employee a spectacular view of the mountains or valley and almost completely light the building. All the wiring and heating and cooling are located under an 18-inch raised floor. Special care was taken in the distribution center to give employees a more pleasant environment by painting the interior completely white, including ducts, pipes, and ceiling, adding skylights, and piping music throughout the warehouse each day.

The focal point of the building is a four-story atrium at its entrance covered by a transparent fiberglass ceiling. The atrium houses a two-story, "red-rock" fountain complete with live foliage. The area surrounding this sculpture serves as the employees' eating area.

In the last 17 years, Stampin' Up! has grown from a small, home-based business started in Gardner's living room to a $220 million company employing over 500 Utahans. Its products are sold nationally and across Canada by over 42,000 demonstrators, and for the past five years the company has been listed as one of Utah's fastest growing companies. In 2004, the company sold about 6,875,000 stamp sets and was ranked eleventh in Utah's top 15 Revenue Growth Companies, and 92nd in Utah's 100 Fastest Growing Companies by Mountain West Venture Group.

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