At 3M, the Great American Story is being told every day. It's a story told by dedicated people working, creating and innovating — together. The same spirit that helped build this country is still alive and well in the 13 factories across the U.S. For over 70 years, the people of 3M have created the products the electrical industry depends on.
American craftsmanship means something very special to the over 1,400 men and women in 3M’s electrical division. Discover craftsmanship in the many ways 3M helps workers in the electrical industry do their job better, from innovation in the lab to the commitment to quality at the electrical products manufacturing plants and the years of dedicated customer service long after a product is sold.
Like 3M itself, every single one of our customers has a story worth telling. See a few of our stories about the proud men and women who help power the American electrical industry.
Over 65 years after his parents arrived in the U.S., Master Electrician Phil Doubek found himself a star of a 3M photoshoot. "Becoming an electrician was always my American dream," said the first-generation U.S. citizen. "But being in a photoshoot, now that was interesting."
Doudek got his start when he and two friends started Oasis Electric. Over the years Phil overcame many challenges and is now poised to pass on the business to his son and step-son. "For me family always comes first."
As a lineman, Travis Fambrough spends much of his time ensuring power is up and running for the people of eight Atlanta, GA counties. But the moment he found out his mother, Melinda, had been diagnosed with breast cancer, he never felt so powerless.
Today Fambrough's mother is cancer free. To show his support and share her success story, Travis and his fellow linemen have taken to wearing a surprising color while on the job: pink. There's no color more suitable for raising awareness.
At 3M we take pride in our craftsmanship. This is evident in everything we do, from the quality of our products to the continuous service we provide our customers.
Explore our 13 electrical factories across the country and find out just how deep our homegrown roots run.
Beginning with our original electrical products plant in Hutchinson, Minnesota, we have remained committed to our philosophy of making our electrical products close to where they are used. Because of this, we have created deep ties to the 14 small American communities where these plants reside.
Opening Date: 1989
Facility Size: 1.25 million sq. ft. with 11 total buildings
Interesting Facts: This location brings the best to the West in a surprising way. Rodeo riders in Texas actually request small pieces of Cold Shrink tubes to adhere to their saddlehorns because ropes bind quicker to Cold Shrink material than they do to the leather of the saddle, allowing minimal slippage of the rope.
Opening Date: circa 1970. Became
part of the 3M family in 1982.
Plant Size: 219,000 sq. ft.
Interesting Plant Facts: Employees of this plant are strong supporters of the United Way for Greater Austin. The plant also partners with a local elementary school to ensure that an appreciation for science leaves a mark on the next generation.
Plant Size: 67,000 sq. ft.
Interesting Plant Facts: This facility manufactures powder coatings for metals, rebar, pipelines and other corrosion-resistant products to serve and protect the operations of its nearby Gulf Coast customers. As one of the division's newest plants, the location was chosen to provide faster service to customers located in the southern U.S.
Opening Date: 1947. Became part of the 3M family in 1953.
Plant Size: 31,600 sq. ft.
Interesting Plant Facts: This plant manufactures tapes and fabrics primarily used in the Aerospace industry for heat shielding; however, many products support other industries such as electrical, medical and automotive. In 2013, employees donated approximately $70,000 to local schools, after-school programs, City of Hope Hospital and a Technology-to-Nature program for the Santa Fe Dam Recreation Center.
Opening Date: 1967
Plant Size: 350,000 sq. ft.
Interesting Plant Facts: This adhesives facility has stuck by its mission of hard work and charity, donating more than $200,000 to enhance educational, health & human services, arts & culture, and environmental volunteerism in Springfield and surrounding counties.
Opening Date: 1962
Plant Size: 532,000 sq. ft.
Interesting Plant Facts: 3M began its mission in New Ulm making electrical connectors in a modest 33,000 square-foot factory. Today, the New Ulm plant covers half a million square feet, and in 2013, it used enough cold shrink core ribbon to wrap around the earth more than once. To put it mildly, it’s come a long way.
Also renowned for helping customers in need, the New Ulm plant employees worked 24/7 to expedite splice and termination kits to help restore power to storm victims and to help utility and industrial sites resolve shut-downs.
Opening Date: 1947
Plant Size: 1,439,000 sq. ft.
Interesting Plant Facts: Originally a hemp factory purchased from the U.S. government after WWII, the Hutchinson plant is now 3M’s largest manufacturing facility at nearly 1.5 million square feet. With over 50% of its employees calling Hutchinson home, this plant’s truly locally grown.
After Hurricanes Rita and Katrina, the plant’s Hurricane Emergency Inventory team launched an effort to ensure stricken communities could quickly receive much needed electrical repair materials.
Opening Date: 1974
Plant Size: 712,000 sq. ft.
Interesting Plant Facts: Situated on the shores of Lake Menomin, 3M's Menomonie plant has increased to over six times its original size. The employees were so impressed by the town's quiet charms, they have given back by investing in local community programs like the fully functional Victorian-era Mabel Tainter Theater.
Opening Date: 1970
Plant Size: 531,000 sq. ft.
Interesting Plant Facts: More than just a place to work, 3M’s Cordova factory actively supports its community through partnerships, contributions and volunteerism. The high-tech facility is home to several proud recipients of the company-wide 3M Community Volunteer Award.
Opening Date: 1955
Plant Size: 235,000 sq. ft.
Interesting Plant Facts: After moving in to the former home of the Hartford City Paper Company, this tape plant has stuck around for over a half century. Most of the hundreds of different tapes produced here are used for industrial applications, but some may find their way onto the shelves at the local hardware store.
Opening Date: circa 1994. Became
part of the 3M family in 2008.
Plant Size: 55,000 sq. ft.
Interesting Plant Facts: Born from a custom compounding facility that manufactured from a garage in Cincinnati, the Hebron plant now supports six 3M divisions with specialty compounds. The employees give back to this community by volunteering at local schools, sponsoring a job-shadowing program and achieving a greater than 98% response rate during the annual United Way campaign.
Opening Date: 1965. Became part of the 3M family in 1974.
Plant Size: 62,000 sq. ft.
Interesting Plant Facts: The Chelmsford facility partners with local educational facilities to assist individuals in obtaining jobs and social skills in a community setting. The plant also contributes to the local police department's crime prevention programs.
Opening Date: 1947. Became part of the 3M family in 2007.
Plant Size: 60,000 sq. ft.
Interesting Plant Facts: As the proud home of one of the world’s smallest paper manufacturing machines, 3M’s Tilton facility proves big ideas can come in small packages. Employees there work and play in the picturesque lake country of New Hampshire and give back by providing to the local Lakes Region United Way.
Opening Date: 1984. Became part of the 3M family in 2007.
Plant Size: 60,000 sq. ft.
Interesting Plant Facts: Despite operating in the hometown of the Archie comic strip, 3M’s Haverhill employees take their mission seriously. The plant is the current title-holder of the 3M CEO Safety Award.