It's called Chesapeake Bay Candle. But for 17 years, all the products in the signature line of Annapolis-born and Rockville-based Pacific Trade International were made by cheaper labor in Asia.
On Tuesday, the brand celebrates a sort of homecoming: the official opening of a new plant in Glen Burnie, where a workforce projected to grow to 100 will make the candles the company sells at Target, Kohl's and other retailers.
Pacific Trade International is one of a small but growing number of U.S. manufacturers that are bringing production back from overseas.
As the rising cost of doing business in China and other developing nations reduces incentives to make goods far...