Working at 3M
At 3M, we pair imaginative thinking with science-based technology to create
globally-renowned products. We lead scores of markets: health care, safety,
office products, and transportation - to name a few. So what’s our secret? It’s
simple: We approach real-world problems with our array of technologies to
satisfy customers. Leading this process are some of the world’s best and
brightest employees who share a commitment to innovation and excellence. If
that’s you, read on.|
- Worldwide sales: $23.1 billion.
- International sales: $14.6 billion (63 percent of company's total).
- Operations in more than 65 countries.
- 75,000 employees worldwide.
- 35 international companies with manufacturing operations, 35 with laboratories.
- Operations in 28 states in the US.
- 6,700 researchers worldwide; 3,400 in the United States.
3M Canada at a Glance
- Established: 1951
- President and General Manager: Brian Young
- Canadian Headquarters: London, Ontario
- Manufacturing Facilities: 8 (London - Ontario (original site), Brockville - Ontario,
Ottawa- Ontario Perth - Ontario, Toronto - Ontario) Morden, Manitoba
- ISO 9001 registered
- Employees: 1,800
Of all the pathways to growth, investing in our people is most important. The premise
is simple — if our people grow, our company will grow.
3M's first chairman of the board, William L. McKnight, laid the groundwork for building
future leaders at 3M. “As our business grows” he said in 1944, “it becomes increasingly
necessary to delegate responsibility and encourage men and women to exercise their
3M believes that all employees are leaders. Leadership by employees is defined not
only by business results, but by how those results are achieved. 3M encourages employees
to follow these six Leadership Attributes in their daily work.
- Thinks from the Outside In
- Drives Innovation & Growth
- Develops, Teaches & Engages Others
- Makes Courageous Decisions
- Leads with Energy, Passion & Urgency
- Lives 3M Values
Leadership development remains at the top of the company's agenda and 3M continues
to be recognized for its commitment to developing leaders.
Learn more about current 3M leadership:
3M serves customers through six business segments, which increase speed and efficiency by sharing technological, manufacturing, marketing and other resources.
Consumer & Office
3M products help make homes and offices around the world cleaner, better organized, more efficient, safer and more stylish. From improving air quality, to healing a minor wound, 3M products are synonymous with quality and performance.
Display & Graphics
3M’s innovative films and reflective materials increase the visibility of traffic signs at night and brighten displays on notebook computers, MP3 players and LCD TVs. With 3M’s vivid, durable graphics, companies create signs that capture the imaginations of customers.
Electro & Telecommunications
3M is a leading supplier of innovative solutions to the telecommunications, electrical and electronics industries. 3M products enhance the efficiency of electrical power transmission, enable global telecommunications, and support high-tech electronic devices.
3M’s rich technology base helps improve the quality and cost of care provided by health professionals. In hospitals and in the offices of doctors, dentists and veterinarians, 3M products help prevent the spread of infection, protect skin, deliver medication, manage health information, brighten smiles and protect food safety.
Industrial & Transportation
3M strives to understand the diverse market segments that make up the industrial marketplace - from the world’s largest automotive, aerospace, energy and construction companies to small auto body repair shops. 3M solutions include high-performance tapes, adhesives, abrasives, fasteners, films and specialty materials.
Safety, Security & Protection Services
3M products increase the safety, security and productivity of workers, facilities and systems. 3M is a leading manufacturer of occupational health and environmental safety products and also offers a wide range of solutions from document security to track and trace to high performance traffic control products.
1902 - 3M founded in Two Harbors, MN.
1905 - 3M moved to nearby Duluth to focus on sandpaper products.
1910 - Lucius Ordway joins 3M and moves company to St. Paul.
1916 - 3M paid first dividend of 6 cents a share.
The world's first waterproof sandpaper developed (reducing airborne dusts during
1925 - Richard G. Drew invents masking tape.
The Adhesives Division was established.
Post-war innovation - Scotchlite™ Reflective Sheeting for highway markings, magnetic
sound recording tape, filament adhesive tape, the start of 3M's involvement in the
graphic arts with offset printing plates.
3M introduces Thermo-Fax™ copying process, Scotchgard™ Fabric Protector, videotape,
Scotch-Brite® Cleaning Pads new electro-mechanical products.
1952 - 3M Canada begins operations in a 145,000-square-foot tape, abrasives and adhesives plant in London, Ontario and becomes one of the first subsidiaries in 3M’s new International Division
Dry-silver microfilm introduced along with photographic products, carbonless papers,
overhead projection systems. Rapid growth in medical and dental products.
1969 - 3M Canada acquires Allied Colour Film Service Limited for operation as 3M Photo Limited
Pharmaceuticals, radiology and energy control expand.
1972 - Company name changes form Minnesota Mining and Manufacturing of Canada Limited to 3M Canada Limited
1974 - 3M Canada is presented with the Industrial Environmental Award by London Chamber of Commerce and an Energy Award from Ontario Hydro
1976 - 3M Canada celebrates 25th anniversary with dedication of Anniversary Park in London, Ontario
1980 - 3M introduces Post-it® Notes.
1981 - 3M Canada completes $4 million Scoth-Brite™ plant in Perth, Ontario
1982 - 3M Canada builds $1.5 million Scotchkote™ plant in Morden, Manitoba and completes the 100,000sqft tape plant in Perth, Ontario
1983 - 3M Canada receives its first French trademark, "Feuillets Notocollant"
Sales reach $15 billion mark. 3M continues to develop immune response modifier pharmaceuticals,
brightness enhancement films for electronic displays, and flexible circuits used
in inkjet printers, and cell phones.
1994 - 3M Canada begins operation at $30 million Brockville, Ontario tape plant
1995 - 3M announces the spin-off of its data storage and imaging businesses and forms a new global company, Imation
1996 - 3M Center, a partnership between 3M Canada, the University of Western Ontario (UWO) and the London Health Sciences center, opens on the grounds of UWO in London, Ontario. 3M Canada receives federal Employment Equity Vision award
1997 - Perth, Ontario site receives Ontario government 4P Award for preventing pollution at the source
1998 - 3M acquires Racal filter Technologies’ health and safety division
2004 - Sales top $20 billion. Post-it® Super Sticky Notes, Scotch® Transparent Duct
Tape, optical films for LCD televisions, and a new family of Scotch-Brite® cleaning
products enter the market.
2000 - London, Ontario plant expands product line making Scotch™ Duct Tape for North America Market
2002 - 3M acquires Advanced Information Technologies Corporation (AiT), am Ottawa based identity security business
2008 - 3M acquires Quebec-based Les Enterprises Solumed Inc., a developer and marketer of infection prevention medical products for operating rooms and hospitals
3M Values, Ethics and Sustainability
What we stand for is as important as what we sell. That’s why 3M advocates uncompromising
honesty and integrity both within our company
and in contact with consumers, stakeholders and communities.
We recognize that our long-term success springs from adopting and implementing principles
of sustainable development: stewardship to the environment, contributions to society,
and to the creation of economic value and worth.
- Provide investors an attractive return through sustained, quality growth
- Satisfy customers with superior quality, value and service
- Respect our social and physical environment
- Be a company employees are proud to be part of
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