Made local with an impact across the pond, the International Cathedral Candle Company is expanding to continue reaching and serving churches throughout the world.
The ribbon cutting happening on the Day of Saint Ambrose, the patron saint of candlemaking.
From the 1897 brick wall to the 2018 three-story addition, the international cathedral candle company is growing. “In this day in age everyone expects their item, whatever it is the next day or day after, and so in order to do that you have to have the facilities,” said Louis Steigerwald, President of the Cathedral Candle Co.
Making tens of millions of candles a year, they simply needed more space. “We ran out of room for shipping, we ran out of room for products,” said June Saccone, a group leader in packing department.
The candles you see in churches, on the alter next to the Pope, even the ones used for President George H.W. Bush’s final goodbye, all made right here in Syracuse. “What we do is really a blessing,” said Saccone.
For five generations and more than 100 centuries of devotion, the company is proud to continue operating in the neighborhood where it first opened its doors. “It was my great grandfather who started the company in 1897,” said Steigerwald. “I have a son that’s here, brother, cousins that work here, so we are a family business and that adds a lot to the passion.”
A family devoted to the communities and people they serve all over the world. “We know the expectations we have to meet, and for 120 years we’re always learning, things are always changing,” said Steigerwald.
Always adapting and keeping up with expectations. 93% of the candles made in the facility get sent out to people outside of New York. Now Steigerwald says they’ll be able to keep up with demand and make sure they have enough candles in stock.