This February we are continuing one of yours and our favorite segments, Made in South Dakota. Every Monday morning this month KSFY News reporter Bridget Bennett will feature a product made somewhere in the state.
This week we head to the middle of the state in Miller, South Dakota where new partners have taken over the Woodbridge Candle Company.
From the outside, the manufacturing facility looks like the last place you'd expect to find a candle company.
"We have the best smelling funeral home in South Dakota, maybe the world," said Chad Rembold.
In the basement of his funeral home, owners Chad Rembold and Kecia Beranek have made more than 10,000 candles.
"Our family has a tradition of doing things that maybe a lot of other people don't think of," said Rembold.
Their newest adventure is the Woodbridge Candle Company.
"To make a candle is a three day process, we pour them one day and they cool and they look like this, and then we drill a hole in the middle and put a wick in and then we top off a candle with some more wax," Rembold said.
The Woodbridge Candle company uses the same wax, scent and dyes used in nearly all popular candles you'd find in stores, but there's one noticeable difference with their hand poured product.
"You get a process called modeling, and get a starring effect, where you can see in there it looks like little snow flakes as a decoration," Rembold said.
"You won't find higher quality than this in the stores, in fact they're almost custom made, for our fundraiser for the church…they made a custom label that has a picture of our stained glass window on it," said Brian Jones, the Pastor of Miller's Presbyterian Church.
It's also why you won't find Woodbridge candles on store shelves.
"The main source of selling our candles is through fundraising, so I go out on the road, do farm shows, hit up state fairs make cold calls to churches/schools, any group I can go to and talk to them about how we make our candles and how they can make money from our candles," said Beranek.
"We get half, and the Woodbridge candle gets half, so every candle makes a big difference; it's a lot of money for us," said Jones.
Kecia helps organize all of the fundraisers, but leaves the candle making to her big brother.
"We try to get as little splash as possible, because when it comes time to wipe the candles off, if there's a lot of wax on the glass it takes a really long time to wipe off the candles and that's why Kecia isn't aloud to pour candles," teased Rembold.
Sunday, April 20 2014 10:30 PM EDT2014-04-21 02:30:09 GMT
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