3HO is a family of healthy, happy, and holy people. Do you understand the word “family”? If, under all longitudes and latitudes, we keep our nucleus together, that is a family. Yogi Bhajan -Aquarian Times, January 2006
Yogi Tea was host to local officials, visiting guests and board members from around the world, local and non-local Sangat members and company employees and their families on Saturday August 11th for the gala public opening of the new Yogi tea manufacturing plant in Eugene Oregon.
In a family friendly meet and greet that started at 11:00 am with fruit drinks, yogi tea (of course!), live music, and ice cream about 250 guests watched Yogi Tea Company CEO, Giancarlo Marcaccini, and employee’s children cut the ribbon to open the new plant. SS Nirvair Kaur offered a prayer written by the Siri Singh Sahib to bless the occasion.
A world cuisine buffet was served in the new Yogi Tea conference and dining hall while guests continued to mingle. Giancarlo Marcaccini gave the opening speech, emphasizing the values that Yogi Tea was founded on and continues to live by. Parampal Singh, operations manager, talked about the process involved in creating the new building, from vision to art work and plant machinery. He also thanked the many people involved in bringing the new tea factory into being. Lastly, Sat Bir Singh, director of world communications and outreach, directed guests to sign up for tours of the new plant.
The tour was the most impressive part of the activities for me. Although internal pictures of the plant were not allowed, the size of the facility is amazing. The site is 13.3 acres, which is hard to imagine. It is the largest new commercial build in Eugene in the last 10 years. The building is 190,754 square feet, equal to over 4 football fields. Over 7,500 plants are installed, there are 45 exterior and 97 interior doors in the facility and over 2,400 gallons of paint was used in decoration. Seva Kaur (LA) and Sat Hari Kaur(Eugene) were the principle interior artists. Two of the eye-catching motifs used in the artwork are enlarged Yogi tea bag sayings by the Siri Singh Sahib, which tastefully offer inspiring spiritual and lifestyle affirmations, and large mandalas which adorn many of the larger wall spaces. Each room is named after a spice used in production of the tea. The building is in the process of being gold LEED certified and will be the only tea production facility in the world to be so designated.
Tours were led by company employees, which added a personal touch to the information. It is hard to describe the intricacy of the automation, labeling, coding and multiple quality checks process in the new plant. With somewhere near 150 different types of tea mixtures, shipped to multiple countries, each requiring different language, labeling and ingredient specifications, the complexity of the system is matched by the attention to process, inventory, and storage evident in the new plant. The thought that occurred to me several times during the tours, is that despite our humble beginnings, the Yogi Tea of today is not a mom and pop operation. It is a world class production facility.
To culminate the activities, there was a large Yogi Tea cake served (picture above), dancing provided by Sat Pavan Kaur and her Bhangra troupe, many children’s activities, a digital picture booth and lots of time to meet new friends and re-connect with old ones.
Although openings and beginnings occur once, the energy, production capacity, commitment to integrity and value, service to the community, and support of a spiritual connected lifestyle live every day at the new Yogi Tea plant in Eugene, Oregon.
The following day, Sunday, August 12th, the Eugene Sangat hosted one of our larger Gurdwara services of the year. The Cherdi Kala Jatha played Gurbani kirtan and Giancarlo Marcaccini attended in turban with family. It was a beautiful summer day and highlighted the newly renovated Eugene Gurdwara. Guruchitar Kaur received a saropa for her leadership to the renovation project, and the Chedi Kala Jatha received saropas for their mission of music. As usual, there was a delicious langar served by local Sangat members.
To learn more about Yogi Tea please visit their website: https://www.yogitea.com/