Greetings from 3M Indianapolis
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.
3M Indianapolis, Indiana
The mission of 3M Indianapolis is to utilize an engaged workforce to win the customer and beat competition through world-class safety, quality, service, and cost. We provide hearing solutions which advance every company, enhance every home, and improve every life.
Our core values include world-class safety, a mature quality and lean six sigma program, operator, and community engagement. We are a leader in global extended value stream, NPI, disruptive technology, and innovation. These all lead the facility to sustainable results that win the customer and beat our competition.
3M Indianapolis is a Personal Safety Division facility that manufactures multiple varieties of hearing protection. Located in the metro area of Indianapolis, the 92,000 square foot facility sits on 5 acres and has a 24/7 operation.
History of 3M Indianapolis
The Indianapolis site was acquired by 3M in 2008. It has a long history of ear plug development and manufacturing. This started in 1972 with the invention of the yellow foam ear plug. This innovation continues with over 90 patents for hearing protection products. The co-located lab and manufacturing site allows 3M Indianapolis to be a global extended value stream leader.
The facility has achieved 7,000,000 hours and 15 years of no lost time by utilizing SOAR, safety Kaizens, sound mitigation innovations, and employee led teams.
3M is a pioneer in developing and applying technologies in new and ground breaking ways. At 3M Indianapolis, we utilize the following technologies:
- High Speed Automated Assembly and Converting (Ac, Rp, In)
- Molding (Mo, Rp): Polyurethane & TPE Injection (Po, Pp)
- Integrated Packaging (Fc)
- Electronics Hard goods Assembly (Es, Em, Im, Fe, Ac, Ad, Sm, As, Nt)
- Audiometric Accessories (Em)
- Zero Landfill
Our products include a large variety of ear plugs and communications hearing protection. Our communications headsets are used by the military, law enforcement, and industrial applications.
These products include:
- Disposable Ear Plugs
- Reusable Ear Plugs
- Communications Headsets
- In Ear Hearing Protection
- In Ear Communication
Indianapolis is the capital of Indiana and has an estimated population of 853,173 people as of 2015, making it the largest city in Indiana. Approximately 1,971,274 people live in the Indianapolis metropolitan area.
The city’s philanthropic community has been instrumental in the development of its most well-known cultural institutions. Indianapolis-based Lilly Endowment holds the fifth largest endowment in the U.S., with nearly $10 billion in assets. Indianapolis maintains the largest collection of monuments dedicated to veterans and war dead in the U.S., outside of Washington, D.C. Indianapolis is considered a “high sufficiency” global city with a metropolitan feel and sophisticated culture.
At 3M Indianapolis, we work with a wide-variety of philanthropic organizations, including:
- United Way
- Indiana Blood Center
- First Lego® League
- 3M Wizards
- Coburn Place
- Habitat for Humanity
- WLF / Women’s Build
- Pike High School Mentoring Program
- Kids against Hunger