French company ‘in a hurry’ to bring jobs here

July 23, 2016
Photo by Trent Knuckles Galton, engineer for Euro Sticks, Bruce Carpenter, Corbin Economic Development Director, and Euro Sticks owner and president Frédéric Debacker

Photo by Trent Knuckles
Alex Galton, engineer for Euro Sticks, Bruce Carpenter, Corbin Economic Development Director, and Euro Sticks owner and president Frédéric Debacker

Why would a French company bring a new manufacturing company with 90 jobs to Knox County? “We narrowed our focus on Corbin because there were two available buildings here that were suitable for our purposes. That was very important,” Euro Sticks President and owner Frédéric Debacker said. “It was also important for us to be along a strong main highway. I also must say that the efforts of the local economic director in Corbin was one of the key reason we felt this was the right place. He really convinced us this would be a good place to do business.”


Euro Sticks is now one of the world leaders in the production of beechwood ice cream and coffee-stir sticks, producing around 10 billion of them annually. The company is a major supplier in the U.S. for companies like Haagan Daz and Magnum Ice Cream. It announced plans earlier this month to locate a production facility in Corbin that will employ 90 people over a three-year period.

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