Yesterday was field trip day. Remember field trips when you were in school? A field trip is a little sight seeing visit you take during the week. We were long overdue here at the Gravy Company. I’m thinking we need to schedule more field trips. Good for the soul.
We scheduled a tour of the Zum-Indigo Wild soap factory. Factory sounds so wrong…more like olfactory! The word factory denotes noisy, dirty, bad smells, and zombie like workers. (I know, I’ve read too many books and seen too many movies) None of those terms would even come close to describing where the magic of Zum comes alive.
Troy was our tour guide extraordinaire. He gave us a brief history of how Zum was started and off we went, into the depths of soapdom. Meandering through the maze of shelves containing every product Zum makes. Lip balm, soy candles, laundry soap, baby products, dog products, bar soap, body wash, body mist, and more.
The smell was intoxicating. In fact, I think that is why everyone who works there is so friendly and nice. Wait a minute, maybe it was the variety of music, which can be changed at any time by any employee. It could have been the sweet welcome by two dogs as we visited the packaging department. Leo must have been in charge of hosting that day. He was very well behaved and followed us around until Troy shut the door to production. You see, dogs are allowed to come to work with their peeps, they just cannot go into the production areas.
Peppermint soap was being made while we were there. The entire process was explained to us: beginning with the all natural ingredients contained in the soap and ending with the way the swirly designs are put into the soap which would become the famous bars of goat milk soap. It’s kinda like cooking, except you don’t eat the stuff. I still call it magic.
Upstairs was the office area and we did not see one door. These folks really do have an open door policy. The lunch room was another open and welcoming place.
You can tell a lot about a company by its lunch room (why yes, that is a marlin on the wall) and its meeting/conference room. Trust me, I’ve been in quite a few in my past corporate life and I’m sticking with my lunch/conference room theory. I just love it when my theory gets proven to be correct!
I cannot say enough good things about this company and its products. They are a very well run and happy company and it shows. Their products reflect this by the care given in content, production, and customer service. And to think, they are right in my own backyard!
Zum products are made in Kansas City. They are sold all over the United States in retail stores and are mail ordered and shipped all over the world. Please visit their website (www.indigowild.com) and get on the mailing list for a catalog. Their catalogs are very entertaining, to say the least. See for yourself.
My ever present disclaimer for saying nice things: I have used their products for many years and have been known to give Zum products as gifts. They have not compensated me for saying nice things about them. Hey, I’m just a nice person who smells great!