February 14, 2007 |
One day in 2005, nearly half the business of the last major soap factory in Los Angeles suddenly went down the drain. Shugar Soapworks Inc. made private-label soaps for hotels and retailers at its South Los Angeles plant. If you stayed in a high-end hotel in Las Vegas, odds were that the individually wrapped soaps in the bathroom were made there. "We had hotels with 4,000 rooms and 95% occupancy," owner Dan Shugar said. "That's a lot of soap."