With thanks to Charley T and profuse apologies to the great Zippo, proudly headquartered in beautiful, hard working Bradford, Pa :’The product line continues to be marketed and sold in the United States and Canada under the Ronson name at retailers and at the Zippo/Case Museum in Bradford, Pennsylvania.’
“Zippo Lighters, the inventor of the wind-proof lighter, announced today that it is moving its lighter manufacturing division, including the Ronson Lighter group, to Bradford, Pa. to be what the company describes as ‘a 100 year supply’ of cheap lighter fluid, the local water.
Zippo spokesman I.P. Freeley had this to say:
“When we read the EPA report on the Dimock water we were flabbergasted by the amount of methane in the water. We sent some over to our labs and determined that the water meets our standards for flammability, which are the highest in the industry, the secret to our wind-proof lighters. So we have decided to reduce our manufacturing costs and move our lighter assembly group to be closer to this abundant all-natural supply of lighter fluid.” Mr. Freeley demonstrated some of the new fluid by “flicking his Bic” ( an expression frowned on at company HQ). “It gives a really neat electric blue flame, doesn’t it? ” Freeley crowed. “The lab techs say that’s the barium and arsenic reacting with the methane. This should enable us to grab market share from lighter industry leader Bic,” Freeley winked knowingly. “They’re based in France, you know. Where fracking is banned . . . “