After occupying three locations over the past seven years, a pair of successful Gilbert entrepreneurs decided to build a permanent corporate headquarters with plenty of elbow room for growth.
In June, both the manufacturing and administrative arms of Gold Canyon Candle Co. are expected to occupy a new 120,000-square-foot building at the southeast corner of Arizona Avenue and Riggs Road in Chandler.
"All the walls are up. The roofing is up, and it's completely framed. We're in the process of putting up the drywall and installing the doors," said Mark Simonson, assistant to Gold Canyon Candle's president and founder, Curt Waisath.
Waisath and his wife, Karen, began the candle company out of their Gilbert home in 1997, after Karen wanted to care full time for the couple's newly adopted daughter.
With names such as Sugar Cookie, Clean Sheets and Lemon Chiffon, sales of the company’s candles — which now come in more than 100 scents — have skyrocketed.
But success has also meant frequent moves to larger manufacturing venues, from the Waisath home to other sites in the East Valley.
When the company determined that it had outgrown 52,000 square feet of leased space on South Macdonald in Mesa and faced yet another move, leaders decided to invest in a site that would allow for continued expansion, said Jennifer Deisinger, marketing manager.
"This will accommodate us right now and in the long run," Deisinger said.
Current construction will encompass seven acres of the 20-acre site, with later plans calling for construction of additional warehouse and manufacturing space, Deisinger said.
The company chose the acreage for several reasons, including its size and the Union Pacific Railroad lines that run along one side of the property. Raw materials will be delivered by cargo trains that travel the lines, Deisinger said.
Although Deisinger declined to provide sales figures for the privately held company, it employs more than 300 full- and part-time workers at the height of the holiday season.
That excludes the more than 10,000 distributors and demonstrators that sell the company's products across the nation, she said.