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Welcome to 3M Cynthiana

3M Cynthiana Plant

Greetings from 3M Cynthiana

  • 3M is a global innovation company that never stops inventing. Over the years, we have worked to improve daily life for hundreds of millions of people all over the world.  We have made driving at night easier, made buildings safer, and made consumer electronics lighter, less energy-intensive and less harmful to the environment. We even helped put a man on the moon.

    Every day at 3M, one idea always leads to the next, igniting momentum to make progress possible around the world.

    Welcome to 3M Cynthiana, Kentucky

    3M Cynthiana manufactures iconic products that are shipped around the world.  You might be surprised to learn just how much of what we do here touches your daily life.  These are the products whose roots are right here: 

    • Post-it® Notes and Post-it® Easels
    • Scotch® Package Protection Tapes

    As an integral member of the community since 1969, we’ve been helping 3M bring innovative and useful products to generations of satisfied customers.  One of the core values of 3M has always been our commitment to the communities where we live and work.  We’re proud of the ways 3M and our employees give back to the community and region, from participating in volunteer activities, enhancing educational opportunities for current and future employees, to championing environmental efforts.

    We feel fortunate to be part of the community of Cynthiana, Harrison County, and the Commonwealth of Kentucky.  We are committed to making this a great place for families to live, work, and play.

    History of 3M Cynthiana

    The original location opened in a tobacco warehouse on Church Street in downtown Cynthiana in 1969.  Soon after, a much larger facility was built to the south, on New Lair Road, which opened in 1970.  Products manufactured were overhead projectors and copy machines.  As technologies began to evolve, new product lines were introduced.

    In 1984, the Post-it® Notes product line was moved to Cynthiana.  A building expansion included coating bays, converting, and warehouse space.

    In 1989, another major building expansion was created to house the new Tape Focus Factory.  A film line, coating bay, and converting lines brought the first Scotch® Tape product line to Cynthiana.

    A converting expansion for Post-it® Notes was added in 1997, for slitting, easel assembly, and other packaging equipment.

    The Cynthiana plant size is currently 450,000 square feet.

In the Plant

  • Technologies

    3M Technology Platforms at Cynthiana include:


    • Adhesives (Ad)
    • Films (Fi)


    • Molding (Mo)
    • Predictive Engineering & Modeling (Pe)
    • Precision Processing (Pp)
    • Surface Modification (Su)


    • Flexible Converting and Packaging (Fc)
    • Inspection & Measurement (In)
    • Integrated Systems (Is)
    • Process Design and Control (Pr)
    • Sensors (Se)
  • Products

    We are proud to be a high volume producer of iconic Post-it® Brand Products, including Post-it® Notes and Post-it® Easel products.  We leverage 3M Science to deliver these products in multiple sizes, shapes, colors, and configurations, all focused on providing Superior productivity tools that help turn our customers’ thoughts into action. 

    We are also a high volume producer of Scotch® Package Protection Tapes.  This product is sold in a variety of roll and dispenser forms, including multiple types and lengths.  Its major uses include box sealing for moving and storage.

In the Community

  • 3M Cynthiana Life

    Cynthiana, Kentucky, is the county seat of Harrison County and is approximately 30 miles northeast of Lexington, Kentucky and 60 miles south of Cincinnati, Ohio.  According to the 2010 census, the city's population was 6,402, with county population at 18,846.  Cynthiana was the hometown of jazz drummer and bandleader William McKenney, former University of Kentucky Men's Basketball Coach Joe B. Hall, and Robert Kirkman, co-creator of The Walking Dead.  Cynthiana has several factories which manufacture everything from hard hats to garbage trucks. The most well-known of these companies is 3M, the maker of Post-it® Notes and Scotch® Package Protection Tapes.

  • 3M Cynthiana Community Involvement

    3M Cynthiana actively supports and promotes education, health, and community involvement through financial and product contribution, volunteerism, and corporate sponsored donations.


    • Project Lead the Way
    • United Community Fund
    • Junior Achievement
    • Ingenuity Grants
    • Harrison County Schools
    • Cynthiana Arts Council – Post-it® Notes Fashion Show
    • Hospice of the Bluegrass
    • Rohs Theatre Company
    • 3M Product donations

    Local Involvement

    • Cynthiana-Harrison Co. Chamber of Commerce Board
    • Cynthiana-Harrison Co. Junior Achievement Board
    • Cynthiana-Harrison Co. United Community Fund Board
    • Cynthiana-Harrison Co. Rotary Club Board
    • Cynthiana-Harrison Co. Lions Club Board
    • Community Health Partnership-Employer Advisory Committee
    • Harrison County Local Emergency Planning Commission
    • Licking Valley Singers Community Choir

    3M Employee Volunteer Projects

    • Harrison County Senior Citizens Center
    • Harrison County Home Assistance (build Habitat House)
    • Harrison County Roadside Cleanup
    • Harrison County Safety Day

Contact 3M Cynthiana Plant


(859) 234-5671


3M Cynthiana
1308 New Lair Road
Cynthiana, Ky. 41031