In a new article from Chesterfield Monthly, the ‘secret’ Trojan condom plant is explored in depth and a number of surprising facts are made known -
First off, 76% of condoms made in the US are manufactured just south of RVA – it’s also Trojan’s only US factory.
“It’s serious business,” plant manager Andy Glowatsky told CM writer Rich Griset as he toured the factory floor. “We want the user to have a positive experience every time.”
Griset explores the history of the condom in the US throughout the long-form read, and recounts the tale of how the Richmond suburb became rubber-manufacturing royalty:
The Chesterfield facility was originally built in 1988 by Safetex Corp., which manufactured Saxon Condoms. Trojan – then owned by Carter-Wallace – was looking for a new manufacturing facility when Safetex announced it was closing its Chesterfield factory. Carter-Wallace purchased the facility in 1995, modernizing and expanding it to more than three times its original size.
The factory opened the following year, and America’s Trojan condoms have been manufactured in Chesterfield ever since. In 2001, Trojan and Carter-Wallace’s other consumer product lines, which included Arm & Hammer, were purchased by Church & Dwight.
According to the company’s 2013 annual investor report, the plant is approximately 220,000 square feet in size. The company declined to divulge how many people work at the facility, but the company’s annual report states that it employs 4,200 worldwide. The company would not say if it had other Trojan plants elsewhere in the world, but the investor report indicates that there is a facility in New Plymouth, New Zealand, for “condom processing.”