Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Sunscreen Company Moves to Anaheim!

"The Sunscreen Speech", according to Wikipedia, was a Mary Schmich's column published in the Chicago Tribune on June 1, 1997. In her introduction to the column, she described it as the commencement speech she would give if she were asked to give one. The column soon became the subject of an urban legend, in which it was alleged to be an MIT commencement speech given by author Kurt Vonnegut in that same year (in truth, MIT's commencement speaker that year was Kofi Annan). Despite a follow-up article by Schmich on August 3, 1997, in which she referred to the "lawless swamp of cyberspace" that had made her and Kurt Vonnegut "one", by 1999 the falsely attributed story was widespread. Maybe this notoriety about a seldom used product was in part responsible for a manufacturing company's move to Anaheim, California.

Flash forward to 2010 and a sunscreen manufacturer is combining a North San Diego, California headquarters and an Irvine, California branch into a 50,000 square foot industrial building at 605 East Street in Anaheim, California to consolidate operations and save money according to the owner, Dennis Owen. According to Owen, McKenna Labs has been in the personal care manufacturing industry for 10 years. McKenna has an emphasis in both high end emulsions and serums, as well as naturals and organics, utilizing the latest technologies in equipment and ingredients. The team at McKenna Labs has a common goal to meet the customer's needs...one of whom is Trader Joe's.

We wish McKenna the best success in its new home close to Disneyland!