Greetings from 3M Cumberland
3M is a global innovation company that never stops inventing. Over the years, we have worked to improve daily life for hundreds of millions of people all over the world. We have made driving at night easier, made buildings safer, and made consumer electronics lighter, less energy-intensive and less harmful to the environment. We even helped put a man on the moon.
Every day at 3M, one idea always leads to the next, igniting momentum to make progress possible around the world.
Welcome to the 3M Cumberland Plant in Cumberland, Wisconsin.
3M Cumberland has been in the community since 1950 – that’s more than 65 years of bring innovative and useful products to generations of satisfied customers!
The roots of the plant are primarily in sandpaper converting operations, however, over the years the plant has evolved and diversified into other core business such as floor pads, lapping films, microfinishing films, and superabrasives.
One of the core values of 3M has always been our commitment to the communities where we live and work. We’re proud of the ways 3M and our employees give back to the community.
We feel fortunate to be part of the Cumberland community and are committed to making this a great place for families to live, work and play.
The mission of 3M Cumberland is to become the global center of manufacturing excellence, maintaining an unrelenting customer focus with significant improvements in cost, quality, service, and employee satisfaction.
We are committed to providing a safe work environment for all employees and visitors. Our expectation is that we will work safely and look out for others, stop any unsafe process, and place safety above all other goals. Safety is our number one value.
Unrelenting focus on external customer expectations is essential. We believe we can only survive if our customers perceive us functioning in this manner.
Empowering individuals closest to the process with knowledge and decision making capability enables us to function as a high performance manufacturing organization.
Operational efficiency and effectiveness is crucial to our success, and we strive for this by blending cross-functional work teams with manufacturing systems and principles best suited for our manufacturing operations.
All employees are partners who are essential to the success of the business, and as such, are treated with openness and trust. This value is the cornerstone of our human resource strategy.
Resources and time will be committed to continuous organizational and employee development.
Leadership within this organization will reflect and encourage all the above stated values as an essential element of all jobs and, ultimately, as a way of life within the manufacturing organization.
These values will be accomplished utilizing the guiding principles of Lean Six Sigma to achieve sustained continuous improvement.
We believe that we will be successful if we are relevant and effective for our customers and efficient and reliable for 3M.
History of 3M Cumberland
The following is from a 1986 article, reflecting on the origins of 3M becoming part of the community of Cumberland:
“In early 1949, a delegation from the Cumberland Civic Club journeyed to St. Paul to extol the virtues of their community to executives of 3M, a company they knew was on the move. The people in this delegation asked 3M to establish a branch manufacturing plant in the city and, in May, the company announced that it intended to do just that.
The announcement set off a spontaneous celebration in the community. The fire siren wailed loud and long, the high school band staged an impromptu parade down the main thoroughfare, and an ever growing line of citizens fell in behind. In response to a “Help Wanted” ad run in the “Cumberland Advocate,” more than 700 area men and women turned out to apply for jobs. The community’s fervor exploded again on April 28, 1950 when the plant structure was officially dedicated. More than 3,000 persons attended the ceremonies in which Lou Bohn, 3M Cumberland’s first plant manager, accepted the keys to the building. That same week, the “Cumberland Advocate” published a special, four page section welcoming 3M to its city. This section carried a full page advertisement from 3M in which it was stated that the company was looking forward to becoming a neighbor in Cumberland, and to “many years of pleasant association in the community.” A pleasant association and many years it has been too, the community and 3M, working together.
Manufacturing operations started up in May, in the municipally constructed building which 3M subsequently purchased from the city in 1960. Initially, that building provided 67,000 square feet of manufacturing area, and this was expanded by another 13,200 square feet in 1953. The annual payroll reached $1 million that year, too. Later, 3M leased space in several locations in Cumberland and Rice Lake to use for warehousing. This freed up more space in the plant for additional manufacturing operations.
The plant facility was expanded again, in 1960, adding still another 38,500 square feet. The last expansion saw the construction of a 22,500 square-foot warehouse building in 1980.”
3M Cumberland Timeline
The story of 3M Cumberland is one of industry and the community sharing in mutual growth and progress:
1950 3M leased a 67,000 square foot building from the city.
1953 There is a 13,200 square foot addition to the facility.
1960 3M purchased the building plus approximately eight acres of land, and the building was expanded by 38,700 square feet.
1980 A 22,500 square foot warehouse was added, bringing the total size to 141,360 square feet.
1982 3M purchased approximately 3 acres from Chicago and Northwestern Transportation Company.
2013 The plant is designated as Lean Model Plant for 3M Company.
2014 Approximately 3 acres is purchased from the Cumberland School District.
2015 The plant celebrates its 65th anniversary.
History of 3M Cumberland Plant Managers
1950-1975 Lou Bohn
1975-1984 Rolly Meier
1984-1988 Mike Denoma
1988-1991 Ron Sampson
1991-1995 Mike Nolan
1995-2000 Cal Pearson
2000-2003 Brig Knott
2003-2005 Trevor Bilicke
2006-2012 Tom Harris
2012-2015 Mark Ratzlaff
2015- Present Paul Quam
At 3M, we apply science in collaborative ways to improve lives every day. 3M Cumberland specializes in the following 3M technologies in our manufacturing processes:
- Electronic Materials (Em)
Advances in electronic components―from semiconductors and interconnects to data storage and displays―often begin with breakthroughs in the organic, inorganic, and metallic materials from which these components are fabricated. 3M contributes to improvements in manufacturing and performance by applying its strengths in many of the other building blocks of today’s electronic devices, including fluorochemicals, adhesives, abrasives, membranes, electrodes, and electrolytes.
- Surface Modification (Su)
More than any other company, 3M delves into the surface of things. We create unique surfaces using our microreplication technology. We also modify the surfaces of films and web materials using corona, heat, and vapor processing technologies. These sophisticated tools allow us to improve a material’s receptivity to fluids and adhesives, alter its hardness, enhance its reflectivity, or create other novel characteristics.
- Nonwovens (Nw)
After a half-century of exploring uses for nonwoven materials, 3M is still finding new ways to refine and apply them. In medical tapes, they add comfort to patients. In abrasives, they improve durability and ease of use. As insulators, they make your car quieter and your jacket warmer. Thanks to 3M's expertise in advanced materials and sophisticated manufacturing technologies, new opportunities for nonwovens are being developed in health care, consumer products, and heavy industry.
- Abrasives (Ab)
3M began as an abrasives manufacturer. For more than a century, we have refined our original technologies and complemented them with breakthrough inventions developed by other 3M businesses. Today, our abrasives rely on traditional strengths such as adhesives and coating, as well as the most modern technologies, from microreplication to ceramics and nonwoven materials. The result is a comprehensive range of abrasives that shape, finish, and polish with ease and precision.
Products at 3M Cumberland include:
- Hand and Floor Pads
Holders and cleaning pads for efficient, versatile and durable cleaning of multiple surfaces and floors.
- Diamond Lapping Film
These films offer a cleaner, more consistent alternative to diamond compounds or slurries.
- Lapping Film
These high quality films offer tightly graded abrasive mineral coated on polyester film backings to provide precision finishes every time.
- Superabrasive and Microfinishing Film
Micron graded minerals that are electrostatically oriented on a high strength polyester film backing. This fast cutting abrasive provides precise, consistent, close tolerance finishes.
Outdoor activities abound in northern Wisconsin’s “Island City” – nicknamed such because Beaver Dam Lake meanders and surrounds the community with its clear clean waters.
Cumberland’s geographic location provides easy access to outdoor recreation while also affording metropolitan-style life in a rural setting. Cumberland is a charming town with many local businesses, several restaurants and a theatre. Rice Lake is 14 miles to the East and provides additional amenities including national food chains and major department stores. The Twin Cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul are located 90 miles to the southwest and provide easy access to a more diverse culinary experience, major league sports venues, and the arts.
Major industries here include manufacturing, farming, and many resorts that attract significant tourism, as area lakes are renowned for excellent fishing and local public forests support excellent grouse, turkey, and deer hunting.
The area provides ample opportunities to enjoy the outdoors and other recreational activities. Our employees enjoy cross country skiing, snowmobiling, curling, volleyball, hunting and fishing, sporting clays, golf, hiking on the Ice Age trail, biking, and numerous other outdoor activities.
Annually, in late August, the employees join in celebration of the Cumberland Rutabaga Festival. Also known as “‘Bagafest” locals have been known to enjoy rutabaga fries, rutabaga shakes and hot pepper burgers.
Education is available locally as UW Barron County, a branch of the Wisconsin University system, and the Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College are located in Rice Lake. Cumberland has a local hospital and Rice Lake has a medical clinic, hospital, and surgery center.
3M Cumberland understands the importance of giving back to our community. We actively support educational, health, social services and other programs through partnerships, contributions and volunteerism in Cumberland, Rice Lake, and other surrounding communities.
Our plant is proud to provide strong support for local schools including grants for leadership, mentoring, and academic excellence.
We support our community through strong local involvement with civic leaders, community projects, and the local United Fund. Additionally, we support the Arts through grants to the local ETC and other local theatres.
Our employees donate numerous hours of their valuable time volunteering to support various organizations such as youth sports, Project Santa, and Ruby's Pantry food distribution. Two employees have been recipients of the prestigious 3M Volunteerism award for their outstanding work in the Cumberland community.