Sales: $500 million
Key personnel: Calvin Johnston, chief executive officer; Martin Köhler, president, PartyLite Worldwide
Major products: Home fragrance products: PartyLite and Candle-lite; Wickless and wick candles, sprays, and candle holders
New products: PartyLite Borderless Brights fragrance variants including Ginger Saffron, Red Hinoki Wood and Dragon Fruit Zest
Comments: With the pandemic forcing folks to stay in, consumers are making their homes as comfy as possible, and that’s good news for Luminex, which calls itself the largest candle maker in the US.
Even before COVID-19 brought much of the US to a standstill, things were bright at Luminex, which grew market share 15% during the past year. Due to the substantial increase, Luminex’s candle plant in Leesburg, OH is expanding its workforce by adding a third shift. The current facility employs more than 650 employees, and the extra shift, which began this Spring, will create 65 new full-time jobs.