The original Sutherland Products Inc. cleaner, Charlie’s Soap, was created toclean textile machines in the local mills. This homegrown, family company was founded by entrepreneur and self-proclaimed “tinkerer” Charlie Sutherland, Jr. in Mayodan, NC in the early 70s and was in the “green” products business long before “green” products were popular. Fast forward more than 40 years and today the company is run by the next generation of Sutherlands, has two locations, is sold worldwide, and is a great success story of reinvention.
When the textile mills moved oversees, the second generation of Sutherlands—Charlie’s sons Taylor, James and Morgan—restructured and grew the business beyond industrial cleaning. In 2002, Charlie’s sons took over, launched the Laundry Powder, rebranded the company and its products, and modernized operations.
Since then, Sutherland Products has enjoyed an average 25% growth year over year. The company sells products online as well as through thousands of brick and mortar locations in all 50 states and 50 countries.
Using the same basic formula, which is all natural, environmentally safe and hypoallergenic, Charlie’s Soap now includes a full line of cleaning products from laundry detergent, all-purpose cleaners, indoor/outdoor cleaner, and more. Still a family-run business, Sutherland Products’ growth can be attributed to a quality product that works well and is safe for the environment and sensitive skin—and best of all, the company was “green” long before green products were a trend.
Sutherland Products announced an expansion at the end of 2016 and opened a second facility, a new distribution and office complex in 2017. The company invested over $1,000,000 in the purchase and upfit of a 120,000 square foot building in Stoneville, which was a former furniture manufacturing facility. The new Stoneville facility houses the company’s professional staff, packaging and warehouse. Production of Charlie’s Soap cleaning products remains in Mayodan, the company’s original base since 1976
“We were in dire need of more space for our logistics and distribution, especially because our laundry powder has been hovering in the number one spot on Amazon for more than five years in a row now. This new location has allow ed us to make that process more efficient,” said Taylor Sutherland, president of Sutherland Products, Inc. “The new space allowed us to design the offices and warehouse to include more natural lighting, which will make the work environment better for our employees.”
Sutherland added, “Our new facility in Stoneville has also allowed us to better coordinate efforts to expand our product line and distribution throughout the U.S. and Canada.”
Look for Charlie’s Soap products at a retailer near you or visit the company’s web site: www.CharlieSoap.com.