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KY Plant makes the most Post-It Notes in the world

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CYNTHIANA, Ky. (WDRB) -- Cynthiana, Kentucky is a small city that sits about 30 miles northeast of Lexington. Around 6,000 people call the small community home, and of those people, many have decided that making Post-It Notes is what they want to do for a living.

The 3M factory that sits just a few miles outside of town is responsible for supplying most of the world with the sticky notes we use every day.

"Most people are surprised number 1 that it's made in the United States, and number 2 that it's made in Kentucky," 3M Quality Manager Paul Fischer explained.

From the home to the office, and all the spots in between, Post-It Notes are a quick, easy, and useful way to communicate.

"They have really transformed the way we manage our lives," 3M Plant Manager Colleen Emery explained.

There are two inventors of the sticky note. Spence Silver invented the adhesive in the 60s, and a man by the name Art Fry put the technology to work.

"He was singing in a local church choir, and he had a small problem, his bookmarks fell out of his hymnal," said Emery.

"I thought, what I need is a bookmark that will stick to the paper without falling off," Fry told CNN in an interview.

He and Silver found a way, and not long after all of that, 3M opened its Kentucky plant in 1984.

"The reason they brought the Post-It note business here was because of the work ethic, and the work force that we had," Fischer said.

And, they've been working hard ever since. What started as 3x3 yellow sticky notes has turned into Post-It Notes of all sizes, colors, and levels of stickiness.


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