Mentholatum, old and basic, might seem like something that's still made by elves in a hollow tree in Bavaria.
[OK. Everyone here but me already knew that. I also didn't know that the product started in Wichita, Kansas, where I once lived. Work with me here.]
A lot of it, and a lot of other stuff, is made in Orchard Park, where the company has its world HQ. The rest of it is made, and marketed, all over the world, by a company that's owned by another company that is based in Japan.
But it is old. The brand celebrates 120 years this year. As outlined here:
- Mentholatum marks its 120th anniversary - Matt Glynn/The Buffalo News
The company will mark the occasion in a novel way, planting 120 cherry trees on the grounds of its world headquarters in Orchard Park....
Mentholatum is also donating $20,000 each to the Food Bank of Western New York and the Buffalo Zoo as part of its celebration planned for Thursday.
-- George Pyle/The Buffalo News
[Photo of production manager John Dejac and CEO Akiyoshi Yoshida by Robert Kirkham/Buffalo News]