John Ratzenberger's Made In America

Season 2 Episode 1

Yankee Candle

Aired Tuesday 9:00 PM Dec 07, 2004 on Travel Channel
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Yankee Candle
First stop is the Yankee Candle factory, located in the small town of Deerfield, Western Massachusetts. John talks with Yankee's V.P. of Manufacturing, Art Rubeck, and joins the factory's employees on the assembly line. John also visits the nearby candlemaking museum, where he chats with museum associate Michelle Held and learns how bee's wax candles are mass produced, before dropping by one of Yankee's outlets to discuss candle scents with Fragrance Committee Chairman Bob Nelson. Next stop is Shelton, Connecticut, where Shelton's Better Packages are manufactured. Co-owner Phil White and Director of Sales and Marketing Ken Backman demonstrate how water-activated packing tape is stronger and safer than plastic tape. After John gives a history lesson on Wonder Bread, it's back to the Yankee Candle factory, as he partakes in employee Chris Curtain's farewell party after 18 years on the job. Last stop is John's hometown, Bridgeport, where he meets up with his buddy, Kay Williams, a boating enthusiast who was responsible for the town's bustling marina.moreless

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