The Candlewic Company: One Family's American Dream Fulfilled

Reprinted from Bucks Prospectus, a newsletter for Bucks County's Business & Industry Communities--Summer 2003.

The Candlewic Company is an organization that has been manufacturing and distributing a complete line of candle making supplies for the past 30 years both domestically and internationally. The family owned and operated entity is an industry leader in providing the candle making market with unparalleled service and expertise in order to assist candle makers in manufacturing products for the 3.2 billion dollar candle market. Candlewic’s manufacturing capabilities, processing, purchasing, marketing, and sales mix has allowed the company to service candle makers of all sizes. The core business is supplying wholesale industrial supplies to regionally- and nationally-branded candle manufacturers, but Candlewic also markets retail supplies for the home crafter, industrial waxes for applications other than candles, scientific supplies, as well as many other applications involving specialty wax blends.

The Candlewic Company is the quintessential definition of the American Dream. The founders, Betty and William Binder Sr. started candle making as a hobby as a fun and unique way to escape from the normal stress of working while maintaining a family of three children. What was once an activity for a local Cub Scout Troop slowly took over the family household and eventually blossomed into a corporation employing on average 40 employees in Bucks County, Pennsylvania.

“I remember making candles and selling them in front of our house as a little boy,” states Candlewic’s current President William Binder Jr. “I made 15 dollars profit at the days end. That was a lot of comic books and baseball cards in the 70’s”.

Today, the Candlewic Company is led by the next generation of Binder’s who have taken the helm. The two brothers work together everyday to grow the business and maintain the commitment as industry leaders.

“There is an enormous amount of pressure to supply candle manufactures with high quality supplies in this economy,” confidently states David Binder the younger of the two siblings “We stay committed to our mission and put customers first as we weather the sluggish economy. Candle makers have come to depend on us due to our commitment to them which has helped us through the slower times.”

The coming years are exciting for the Candlewic Company. Future plans include building a larger facility, expanding their market share in the retail sales division, continued expansion in non-candle industries, and maintaining their global competitiveness for pre-manufactured wick assemblies. As the future unfolds, The Candlewic Company is poised to take their business to the next level in the never-ending pursuit of being the number one candle-making supplier in America.

For a glimpse of the impressive product mix offered by The Candlewic Company, you can visit them online at www.candlewic.com.