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3M Company, St. Paul, Minnesota

The 3M Company, once called the Minnesota Mining and Manufacturing Company, is an international chemical corporation operating in over 60 countries. It started in 1902 in Two Harbors, Minnesota, in an effort to mine and manufacture corundum. Although this project was unsuccessful, 3M now has six manufacturing plants in Minnesota alone. Its headquarters remain in St. Paul, Minnesota, less than 200 miles from its original site in Two Harbors.

3M Chemical Manufacturing

3M makes a diverse array of products, from sticky notes and other household products to medical items such as drug delivery systems. However, it also has a thriving chemical manufacturing division that creates products for a wide variety of industries. Some chemical products created and manufactured by 3M include:

  • Abrasives
  • Paint and paint additives
  • Sealants
  • Cleaning and disinfecting agents
  • Bonding agents for woodworking
  • Fluorosurfactants

3M in Minnesota

3M manufacturing plants have long been present in Minnesota. The Hutchinson plant opened in 1947 in the aftermath of World War II, followed by the Cottage Grove facility that opened in 1948. The Fairmont plant opened in 1957. In 1967, plants were built in Alexandria and New Ulm.

3M and Asbestos

3M has faced several lawsuits due to claims of asbestos exposure. With older chemical plants, asbestos exposure is almost always a risk. Before the late 1980s, asbestos was a popular insulator because of its resistance to heat, flame, chemicals, and electricity. However, asbestos can release dangerous carcinogenic fibers as it ages.

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If you have lived or worked near an older chemical plant, you may have been exposed to airborne asbestos fibers. To learn more about the risks and health problems associated with asbestos, please fill out the contact form located at the top of the Mesothelioma Resource Center page and contact the mesothelioma lawyers of Williams Hart today.

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