Mayfield Consumer Products LLC. is planning to invest $33.3 million at a candle factory which was destroyed in December 2021. Moreover, the candle factor will employ more than 500 full-time workers in Grayson County over the next five years.

Return of candle factory after destruction

Mayfield Consumer Products LLC. is a maker of candles and other home fragrance products. The company producing these products was shattered by a deadly winter tornado. However, the company is now planning to revamp their production through this latest investment. “Following last year’s devastating storm in Western Kentucky, we are glad to see jobs returning to the area. This reinvestment by Mayfield Consumer Products is good news for Graves County and the surrounding region as they work to rebuild and recover from the deadliest tornadoes in our state’s history.” Gov. Andy Beshear said in a news release. Previously, the governor visited Western Kentucky several times to support the recovery efforts.

Employment opportunities

The Kentucky based company’s investment will bring plenty of new job opportunities. Currently, they are employing 160 people in western Kentucky. The company has announced to create more than 500 new jobs after the completion of factory next year. Moreover, company’s founder Mary Propes stated that the investment is showing their resolve to rebuild here and to play a central role in helping to restore the place we call home. “This community has a bright future, and we are committed to being a big part of that progress,” she said in a news release issued by the governor’s office. Mary Propes added to his statement.

Challenges and proposed fines

Meanwhile, the state said that the company committed three violations. These violations deemed serious in connection with the tornedo. The violations claimed that the company did not keep the exit route unobstructed. Secondly, the company also failed to maintain an alarm system to warn employees from various emergencies. Lastly, the candle factory did not review an emergency action plan with each employee. All of these alleged violations have a proposed $7,000 fine.

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