11 Famous Companies that Started in a Garage

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Yankee Candle

Yankee Candle is an American manufacturer and retailer of scented candles, candleholders, accessories, and dinnerware based in South Deerfield, Massachusetts. Their products are sold by a lot of gift shops in more than 50 countries around the world. In other words, this company is the largest candle manufacturer in the United States and probably in the world.

However, we have to admit that not many people know the story of this company. Well, Michael Kittredge was only 16 years old when he started creating his own scented candles in his garage. His first candle was made of melted crayons as a Christmas present for his mother.

Kittredge’s neighbors were impressed with his work and wanted to buy his candles. So, in 1969 Kittredge started producing them in larger quantities and founded the company, but in 1998 he sold the firm to New York-based private equity company Forstmann Little for $500 million.

Click here if you want a Yankee Candle and choose your favorite scent and color!

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