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Candle-Lite Increases Ohio Workforce to Meet Higher Demand

JobsOhio Talent Acquisition Services will work with the company to identify the company’s talent retention challenges and to build sustainable recruitment strategies.

Mon Jun 28 2021

Company Name: Candle-Lite Company, LLC
Location: Leesburg
Country of Origin: U.S.
Industry Sector: Advanced Manufacturing
Company Profile: Candle-lite, America’s Original Candle Company, has been crafting candles in Ohio for over 180 years and is one of the largest candle manufacturers in the country. Candle-Lite brands include Candle-lite Everyday, America’s No. 1 candle brand, Essential Elements, CLCo and CLCo Wooden Wick custom fragrances.
Company Website:

Project Summary:

Type of Project: Expansion


  • Jobs committed: 82
  • Jobs retained: 618

Capital Investment: $1,702,500

Company Need:

Candle-Lite saw double-digit growth over the past year through distribution channels that include Walmart, Kroger, Meijer and other national retailers. To keep up with demand, the company operates 24 hours a day, six days a week to eliminate sales order backlog. Candle-Lite needs to grow capacity and hire, retain, and train workers for immediate employment in its manufacturing operations.

“Candle-lite is seeking to expand our employment base at our Leesburg Manufacturing and Distribution Center. We believe the innovative Talent Acquisition Services project along with the Ohio Job Creation Tax Credit will be important to ensure our ability to meet the employment goals we have for our facility.”
Scott Meader
CEO, Luminex / Candle-lite

Why Ohio?

Candle-lite is investing in its home of Blue Ash in Southeast Ohio to find, train, and retain talent.

Ohio’s advanced manufacturing sector employs nearly 700,000 skilled individuals, the third-largest manufacturing workforce in the U.S. Finding talent can be a challenge for some manufacturers, but Ohio has dozens of trade schools, technical centers, and job training and certification programs, as well as colleges and universities specializing in current and rising manufacturing needs. Plus, with the help of the JobsOhio Talent Acquisition Services (TAS) program, businesses can find and hire the talent they need from this abundant talent pool.

TAS has been developed to identify a company’s talent challenges and build sustainable talent recruitment strategies that provide support at every stage of the candidate journey. TAS will assist Candle-lite with existing talent recruitment efforts including talent attraction, sourcing and marketing, pre-screening, assessments, and training.

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