BEHIND THE SCENES: How holiday candles are made in Mid-Missouri

2 months 1 day 20 hours ago Friday, December 27 2019 Dec 27, 2019 Friday, December 27, 2019 4:00:00 AM CST December 27, 2019 in News
By: David Medina, KOMU 8 Producer, Jordan Berger KOMU 8 Anchor
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TIPTON - The holiday season comes with lots of sights, sounds and smells, and candles are a big part of the holiday tradition.

People everywhere light their holiday candles and enjoy the many scents that come from them.

But did you know that one place here in mid-Missouri makes and provides candles to people all around the U.S.

Once you see the tall "8 ball" water tower off of Highway 50 in Tipton, Missouri, you'll know you're at the right place.

Since the 1990s, The Factory Shoppe at McCall's Candles has made machine and hand made candles for both locals and people nationwide to purchase.

"Here at McCall's candles, we sale nationwide through national retailers as well as mom and pop shops," said partial owner Paul Emig.

McCall's is both a factory and a candle shop, so people can order both online or in the store located in Tipton.

According to Emig, there are about six different kinds of candles: 

  • Classic McCall's candles
  • Mason candles
  • Indulgence candles 
  • Vintage 22
  • Wax Melts
  • Redifuser candles

With those six different kinds of candles there's about 48 different scents to choose from.

However, during the holiday season, McCall's offers special scents.

"Some of our more popular Christmas scents are country Christmas, Christmas morning, Christmas jingle and under the mistletoe," said Emig.

During this time, demand tends to go up. However, with just about 13 employees, the factory can still make up to 2,000 candles a day.

One of those employees is Marco Alrcon. Alrcon is originally from Matamoros, Mexico.

He's been working in the candle factory for about 12 years and loves the whole process of making candles.

"I like all the work, from the first step to last, I love all the work and it fascinates me," Alrcon said. 

Before the candles hit shelves, and are shipped out to customers nationwide, there is a five step process to making the candles.

The process start at some massive tanks. Wax is pumped into the mixing tanks where it sits at 165 degrees, according to Emig.

From there, the wax makes its way into smaller mixing tanks where fragrance and dyes are added.

The wax is then pumped down to a production line where the candle jars are filled.

"This electronically senses the jars and it pours the right amount of wax into each jar," said Emig.

After the wax is added to each jar, they sit overnight until they're molded into the actual candle itself.

The candles then make their way down the production line to a labeling machine. At this machine, both the side and the bottom of the jars are labeled.

The final step before the candles are shipped out to customers is the packing.

Finally, the candles are ready for people to enjoy while they celebrate the holiday season.

For more information on the candles or the factory, you can look on the McCall's website.

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