Candle-lite announces expansion in Leesburg

Candle-lite has announced a major expansion at its Leesburg facility.

Candle-lite has announced a major expansion at its Leesburg facility.

Candle-lite, a CL Products International LLC Company, announced today a major investment in the Leesburg production facility. The nearly $12 million investment will add new production equipment, make leasehold improvements at the facility, and includes 50 new full-time jobs at the operation over the next three years.

The project was announced at a gathering of company officials, community leaders, and economic development partners Thursday in Leesburg.

The new investment comes as Candle-lite celebrates the 175th anniversary in the industry. Candle-lite is the oldest candle company in the United States and makes all of its candles at the Leesburg facility.

“During our peak season, we employ over 600 people in our Leesburg facility,” said Calvin Johnston, CEO. “Our employees are the foundation of our success. Many of our employees have spent their entire careers at Candle-lite and work beside second and third generation family members.”

Shane Wilkin, Highland County Commissioner, remarked, “On behalf of commissioners Jeff Duncan and Tom Horst, as well as our economic development clerk, Nicole Oberrecht, I would like to thank all who have participated in this retention and expansion project. This is a perfect example of how state, regional, county, local and private sector can successfully collaborate to support crucial economic development in our area.”

The project, supported by multiple economic development partners, brings new capital investment and jobs to one of Highland County’s largest employers.

Dayton Power and Light (DP&L), a subsidiary of the AES Corporation, provided an economic development grant to the company.

“At DP&L, we believe one of our most important responsibilities is to support economic development. We take great pride in our community and DP&L is committed to the growth and prosperity of the entire region. Our economic development grants are one way we can assist and enhance the communities we serve,” said DP&L President and CEO Tom Raga.

JobsOhio, along with regional partner the Appalachian Partnership for Economic Growth (APEG), provided support for the project.

“APEG is pleased to have facilitated such strong support for this important regional project,” said John Molinaro, president and CEO of the Appalachian Partnership for Economic Growth. “The new capital investment and job creation continue Candle-lite’s role as a major employer in the region and strong presence in the international marketplace.”

“The Southern Ohio Agricultural and Community Development Foundation (SOACDF) is proud to partner with Candle-lite as it continues its long history of investment and growth in Leesburg and Highland County,” stated Don Branson, executive director. “The foundation’s economic development program is specifically designed to assist companies that make strategic investments in local communities with the objective being job retention and creation.”

Village of Leesburg Mayor Danny Daulton expressed his thoughts by saying, “It is impossible to say just how important Candle-lite is to the village of Leesburg and Highland County. We are pleased to be able to support the county’s largest employer with this important expansion project.”

For questions or more information, contact Nicole Oberrecht at 937-393-1911.

Submitted by Highland County Board of Commissioners.

From Times Gazette  |  November 5, 2015