Ten things you didn't know about Root Candles 4

We all know and love Root Candles

If you live in Medina County, no doubt you’ve visited Root Candles — the gift shop, the eagerly anticipated yearly sale, or maybe even a tour of the sweetest-smelling plant in the world. Since 1869, Root Candles of Medina has been an industry-leading, family-owned company renowned for innovative ideas, aesthetic enhancements and the highest standards of quality. Now in its fifth generation, the Root family continues to extol the virtues of honesty, integrity, and diligent craftsmanship. These qualities were exemplified by Root Candles founding father and American original, Amos Ives Root.

A. I. Root’s tradition of excellence, along with a genuine commitment to customer satisfaction and service, defines and fuels Root’s strong brand loyalty today. Each Root candle is carefully handcrafted using processes mastered through five generations of craftsmanship combined with the latest in manufacturing technologies. The results are pure and simple: Root Candles are highly regarded for complex bouquets of subtle fragrances and sophisticated color palettes, important factors for discerning candle lovers. Today, Root Candles can confidently lay claim to making “The Best Candles in America, Made in America Since 1869.”

But we bet you didn’t know this about Root Candles

• Behind the Corporate Headquarters on West Liberty Street we have several pollinator gardens sponsored by Pollinator Partnership, Medina Master Gardeners, Ohio State Beekeepers, several seed companies and the Root Company, showing various seed mixtures that corporations, the typical homeowner, the Ohio Department of Transportation and others can use to fill their empty spaces with good food for honey bees and other pollinators. The public is welcome to stroll through the gardens during business hours.
• Root Candles uses approximately 5% of all the beeswax produced in the United States each year.
• To celebrate the company’s 101st anniversary, they produced a candle that was 110 feet long and weighed 350 lbs. After a photo of the candle was taken, it was carried back to the production facility where it was melted and made into smaller candles that same day.
• A.I. Root wrote the first ever published article about successful airplane flights made by the Wright Brothers in his magazine Gleanings in Bee Culture.  An archival copy of this magazine is currently on display in the Smithsonian.
• After learning about the advances in educating blind and deaf children and contributing to help that effort, A.I. Root received a four-page letter from Helen Keller thanking him for his kindness and support. For the rest of their lives, they remained close, personal friends.
• In 1928 the company began a transition into candle-making when a local priest made a request for high quality liturgical candles made from beeswax. Today, Root is the leading supplier of liturgical candles to churches all over the world.
• The famed Grotto of Our Lady of Lourdes at the University of Notre Dame is lit entirely with Root Candles. To Notre Dame students and alumni, the Grotto is a special place to spend a few quiet moments, and especially during football weekends and finals, you might have difficulty finding a candle to light!
• Today, the company is led by the fifth generation of the Root family, Brad Root. Six other members of the Root family currently work here.
• Medina was once known as “The Sweetest Town on Earth” because of all of the honey that was produced by the A.I. Root Company.
• At its peak, the Root Company had almost three acres of apiaries that housed 228 hives dedicated to rearing queen honey bees.