JEFFERSON COUNTY, Mo. – Even if you don't use it, you've seen Cutex nail polish remover in stores. But did you know it's made in our own backyard?

Taylor Fackelman wanted to know more, so she asked Heidi Glaus how much of this stuff they go through in a year.

Hidden at the back of a dead end street on a piece of property that straddles Festus and Crystal City is a rather colorful company.

"Cutex brought out the first nail polish in 1911," said Barbara Hershfelt, director of sales and marketing.

And shortly after, the company came out with something to remove it.

"Cutex has had a strong heritage in creating not only nail polish and nail polish removers, but also anything to care for your nails," said Hershfelt.

There are cuticle cutters and creams, even cute cotton ball holders that will help prevent smudges.

"And this year we just brought out this gel nail polish remover kit," said Hershfelt.

If you purchase Cutex nail polish remover anywhere in the country, it was filled right here in Jefferson County. Capping, labeling, and boxing makes this a rather busy place.

"Overall we can fill about 50,000 bottles a day," said Hershfelt. "Well we sell about 15 million bottles."

That's more than one million gallons a year.

The liquid that's stored in six 6,200-gallon storage tanks, but stirred off-site by two local vendors.

"They blend the ingredients together and bring it down to us in a tanker trunk," said Hershfelt.

It's a trip that's made more often this time of year, thanks to something the folks around here refer to as ATA.

"Additional toe activity. And particularly in the Midwest and northern states where you start wearing your nail polish about March and then stop in September, October when you move back into boots," said Hershfelt.

So they sell more nail polish remover in the summer, but Cutex tries to provide the most polished product year round.

Next week's question is from Laura and Pete Taylor. They want to know how long it took to paint the mural on the Sheraton near the Scottrade Center MetroLink station.

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