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PARAMOLD MANUFACTURING, LLC
FIFTH FAMILY FLAME
Long Island’s own candlemakers, Paramold
Manufacturing, LLC, is a fifth-generation
family business with more than
a century and a half of history behind it.
The Sayville company dates back to 1852
in the Netherlands, in Europe, when
founders and newlyweds Johanna Keunen
and Bernhard G. Koster opened their first
factory and named the business Koster
Keunen. Then, in 1930, the manufacturers
entered the United States market and
began producing candles in Sayville.
“We are so proud of our long family history,
as a fifth-generation family owned
and run business,” the Koster family
states on the Paramold website.
By the 1960s, third-generation business
owner Joseph Koster made a key contribution
to the company’s future: the
Koster Keunen Wax Granulator. The
invention sprays liquid paraffin wax into
a cooling chamber and turns it into granular,
sandlike pieces. The machine is still
produced and used by
many industries today.
In 1976, the Paramold
name was born when
Joseph’s son, Richard,
used a pressing machine
to make pressed candles
from the wax granulator.
This allowed the
company to make many
more candles at once and
made Paramold one of
the first U.S. companies
to manufacture pressed
“This process allows us
to produce pieces in a
quicker time period than
pouring candles, the way
it was traditionally done,”
said current owner,
Richard “Rick” Koster Jr.
— Richard’s son and Joseph’s
More recently, in 2012, the siblings
who now own Paramold — Rick,
Katy, Tess, and Kim — created their
own candle brand, 90 Bourne,
named after the street address of the
Sayville factory that has seen nine
decades of business.
Over the years, the company
rebranded, merged with Koster
Keunen Waxes, and expanded its
facility to the 16-acre, 60,000-squarefoot
space it is today. The factory can
store more than 1 million pounds of
liquid wax and produce more than 2
million candles per day. The family
sells a large variety of nine different
types of candles, as well as candle
making supplies, worldwide.
Paramold’s candle collection, 90
Bourne, is named after its factory’s
street address in Sayville,
its location for the past 90 years.
(Courtesy Paramold Manufacturing)
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