Tahoe Reno Industrial Center Exit

Tahoe Reno Industrial Center Exit
At Exit 32 on Interstate 80, 32 miles east of the California State Line, is the Tahoe Reno Industrial Center, a privately owned industrial park outside Reno that covers 167 square miles of land, possibly sufficient to support its claim to being “the world’s largest industrial center.” The Reno region is becoming a major supply base for the San Francisco Bay Area, less than four hours away - one round trip in a day for a trucker. TRIC started as an industrial park development in the late 1990s, when developers Lance Gilman, and his partner Roger Norman, purchased a ranch owned by Gulf Oil of Canada for $20 million. The land covered 162 square miles, more than half of Storey County (a county which includes Virginia City, the fabled silver boomtown from the Comstock days, which at its peak in the 1860s was the largest city in the state. Now its one of the least populated counties in the state). In the 2000s, large logistics warehouses for Petsmart, Walmart, and others were developed, later followed by Prologis, Zulily, Jet.com, and eBay. It was the announcement of TRIC as the site for Tesla’s “Gigafactory” in 2014, when things at TRIC really turned. It now has a major data center, and additional fulfillment warehouses

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Target Distribution Center Lacey

Target Distribution Center Lacey
This large warehouse at Lacey, Washington, near Olympia, was built to be a west coast distribution center for the retailer Target. At 1,700,000 square feet, is larger than most facilities of this type, though not as large as the company’s east coast logistics center at the Port of Savannah, Georgia.

Nike North America Logistics Campus

Nike North America Logistics Campus
The 2,800,000 square foot building at Nike’s North America Logistics Campus, located in an isolated suburban area north of Memphis, is one of the largest distribution centers in the nation. The shoe company also has a million square foot warehouse southeast of Memphis, among the dozens of single company warehouses and distribution sheds between the Memphis airport, where FedEx has its national air shipment center, and a large BNSF intermodal railyard.

Amazon SAT 1 Fulfillment Center

Amazon SAT 1 Fulfillment Center
Amazon has dozens of large fulfillment centers around the country, outside of major cities, and near interstates. SAT 1 is “San Antonio Texas #1”, the first one for the region of San Antonio, which has a metro area population of around 2.5 million people. It is located in Shertz, on the northeast side of the great sprawl of the city. At 1,264,200 square feet in size, it is larger than most.

United Services Automobile Association Office Building

United Services Automobile Association Office Building
The United Services Automobile Association (USAA) company in San Antonio, Texas, claims that its 3,000 foot long, six storey, 4,463,000 square foot headquarters is possibly the largest single-occupancy office building in the country. The company is a direct-marketing insurance and financial services company, serving mostly military personnel and their families.

Michelin Distribution Center Woodruff

Michelin Distribution Center Woodruff
Michelin Tires built a distribution warehouse in Woodruff, near its factory in Spartanburg, South Carolina, which is said to be almost 4 million square feet, which would make it one of the largest distribution centers in the nation.

King of Prussia Mall

King of Prussia Mall
The King of Prussia Mall, outside of Philadelphia, is often cited as the largest shopping mall in the country, 14,000 feet larger than the 2,779,000 square foot Mall of America, outside of Minneapolis.  

Empire State Building

Empire State Building
Finished in 1931, with 102 floors, 1,454 feet from the sidewalk to the top of its mast, and 1,250 feet to the top of its roof, the Empire State Building still makes the top five list of the tallest buildings in the USA, no matter how you measure them, and remains one of the crowning achievements of American gigantism.

One World Trade Center

One World Trade Center
One World Trade Center, also known as the Freedom Tower, was built to replace the old World Trade Center destroyed in the 9/11 terrorist attacks of 2001. By some ways of measuring, it is the tallest building in the nation, 1,776 feet if measured to the tip of its spire, they say, (in fact though it is even taller than that, 1,792 feet, to the top of its spire). But the height of a building should really be measured to its roof, not its spires, in which case One World Trade Center is 1,368 feet tall (exactly the same height as the original 1970 World Trade Center), and is surpassed in height by at least two other buildings in the USA.
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