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Welcome to 3M Pittsboro
Welcome to 3M Pittsboro
Welcome to 3M Pittsboro

3M Pittsboro Plant

Greetings from 3M Pittsboro

  • 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 Pittsboro, North Carolina

    We are part of 3M’s Industrial Minerals Products Division (IMPD) within the Safety and Security Protection Systems business. 3M IMPD is one of the oldest divisions in the company with roots dating back 80 years.

    For more than seven decades, our division has been bringing vibrant and reliable color to roofs and other architectural surfaces. Color you can count on – color that stands the test of time.

    We're proud to have a strong safety culture and we follow a philosophy of continuous improvement with our manufacturing and business processes to ensure world-class quality and service to our customers.

    Our Vision

    • 3M Technology Advancing Every Company
    • 3M Products Enhancing Every Home
    • 3M Innovation Improving Every Life

    Our Mission

    To be the world’s leading supplier of colored and specialty roofing granules for the asphalt shingle industry.

    Our Values

    We will provide our employees with a safe and family oriented environment, work to continually reduce our plant’s environmental impact and be a good community partner.

    • Operating with integrity and honesty
    • Respecting each other
    • Working as a team
    • Empowering our employees
    • Serving our community
    • Celebrating our successes

    *Plant Size:     Bldgs – 10: 95,000 sq ft

    *Site Size:       2100 Acres

    History of 3M Pittsboro

    In the early 1980’s, 3M began studying options to open a granule manufacturing facility in the southeastern part of the country. Testing showed that the rock formations and conditions were right for a granule manufacturing facility just southwest of Raleigh, North Carolina. 3M started to acquire properties in the mid 1980’s and over the next 15-20 years developed enough property holdings to support a granule manufacturing operation.
    Today, the Pittsboro plant has state of the art process control systems. All systems have automated human machine interface controls backed by programmable logic controllers. We have the ability to track and alarm process variables against limits. These technologies give us a strong quality and lean advantage to our operation. In addition, we operate crushing and screen processes which collaborate to optimize our raw material yield and provide a consistent granule dimension.
    We also have technologies for heat treating, curing and cooling. These systems are connected through a series of material conveyors. We have finished product storage and a shipping system that has been stream lined with special tankers to allow fast turns to local customers and to the rail yard for rail car transloading and shipping.

    Pittsboro Plant Milestones

    1985                    Property purchased in NC, Chatham County

    1995                    3M press release, mining application

    1999                    3M funded plant construction

    Q3, 2000             Construction activities

    Q4,2001              Plant hiring process

    Q1, 2002             Facilities checkout

    Q1, 2002             New employee training

    Q2, 2002             Product Qualifications

    May 29, 2002      First Customer service - truck shipments

    July 22, 2002      First rail car shipped

    Mar 2003            Trans-loader start up

In the Plant

  • Products & Services

    Our primary business is the manufacture of roofing granules – rock which is crushed and colored to make asphalt shingles. We sell to the most shingle manufacturers in the United States.
    All the products we sell are crushed to a range of sizes. The granules are then treated with an opaque ceramic coating and other chemicals that provide functionality and beauty.

  • Technologies

    As a Fortune 500 company, 3M is recognized for our worldwide research and development expertise. Our innovations spring from more than 40 technology platforms that have made us the global leader in major markets. At the Pittsboro plant, we specialize in these core technologies:

    • Sustainable Mining
    • Crushing and Screening (Cs)
    • Ceramic Coating (Ce)
    • Process Design and Control (Pr)

In the Community

  • Community Involvement

    3M Pittsboro employees are actively involved in many charitable organizations in the surrounding communities. We contribute volunteer hours and financial gifts to organizations such as:

    • United Way
    • Keystone Issues Institute
    • Breast Cancer Research
    • Walk for Life
    • Pittsboro Police Department
    • Pittsboro Volunteer Fire Department
    • Chatham County Sheriffs Department
    • Carolina Central Community College
    • Riding Clinic for Autistic Children
  • Community Life

    Pittsboro is located near the triangle area that unites the cities of Chapel Hill, Durham and Raleigh, North Carolina.
    Raleigh is the capital city and three major universities are nearby including the University of North Carolina, North Carolina State and Duke University.
    We are just 3 hours to the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains, and 2 hours to the Atlantic coast. Large manufacturing and technology companies such as SAS, Glaxco Smith Kline, GE, Caterpillar, Red Hat, IBM and Cisco, just to mention a few, help keep the area economically vibrant.

    Weather and Climate

    Many people find North Carolina’s climate, especially the central part of the county, a nice compromise between the long, snowy winters of the northern states and the long, steamy seasons of the more tropical locations. While we can have icy cold period with snow and a few sweltering summer days, these rarely don’t last for long periods of time. We get the benefit of experiencing a change of seasons without having to deal with long periods of extreme weather. The information below is provided by the State Climate Office, based at North Carolina State University.
    Generally, the weather allows residents to use local recreational lakes for swimming and water skiing from early May to late September. Golfers also find they can often get in one or two games of golf even in the harshest winter months when we will have a day or two of balmy weather.

    AVERAGE HIGHS: The average highs range from 49 degrees in January to 71 degrees in April to 88 degrees in August and 53 degrees in December.

    AVERAGE LOWS: The average lows range from 29 degrees in January to 46 degrees in April to 67 degrees in July to 32 degrees in December.

    MONTHLY PRECIPITATION: Monthly precipitation varies widely. The four wettest months, based on the records, are: July, May, January and March. So the wet weather moves around a bit. However, October through December tend to be the driest period.

    SNOW AND ICE: Most states south of Virginia are prone to have more ice incidents than snowfall, but serious ice storms causing major power outages are rare. We typically have at least some minor snowfall each year, but some years may include one or two major accumulations of six inches or more.

    Chatham County School Information

    K-12 Public Schools
    The Chatham County Public Schools, directed by the County Board of Education, is the only K-12 public school system in the county. View the School Board Member District Map. The county government provides substantial funding for the schools for both construction and renovation of facilities and general operating support. The Administrative Office is located in Pittsboro at 369 West Street. Phone: 919-542-3626.
    For more information on the School System, click here.

    Non-Public, Charter and Alternative Schools

    The North Carolina Department of Public Instruction maintains a list of non-public, charter and alternative schools and some are listed by county. Click here to view this information.

    Community College

    Chatham County is served by Central Carolina Community College, which also includes Harnett and Lee counties. The locations of the community college in the county are:

    • Pittsboro Campus: 764 West Street (also known as US 64 Business) on the west side of Pittsboro, 919-542-6495
    • Siler City Campus: 502 West Third Street, 919-742-2715
    • Ceramic Arts & Pottery Studio: 138 North Chatham Avenue, Siler City. 919-742-4156
    • Metal Sculpture Studio: 439 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd, 919-663-1266

    Several classes are offered online as well as at campus locations. CCCC offered both curriculum major programs and continuing education classes. For more information on the community college and its classes, click here.

    Fishing, Hunting and Boating

    Chatham County has several excellent hunting and fishing areas, both public and private. The major public facility in Chatham County is Jordan Lake, located in the eastern part of the county. The lake is used my fisherman year-round, while hunting is allowed in certain areas around the lake during specific times of the year. For more information on Jordan Lake and its other activities, click here.

    FISHING: Any fishing of public waters requires a license and the state also has regulations that must be followed for inland lakes and rivers. For example, certain fish can only be caught certain times of the year. Click here to see a listing of public fishing locations in the area. Licenses can be ordered online or purchased at specific locations in the county. The fee varies of residents or non-residents of the state. To get updated information on fishing licenses and regulations, click here.

    BOATING: Jordan Lake offers a wide array of boating opportunities, but some are restriction to certain parts of the lake. For general information on boating regulations and licenses, click here. For information on boating at Jordan Lake, click here.

    HUNTING: Some, not all, of the land around Jordan Lake provides periodic opportunities for hunting deer, wild turkeys, foxes, rabbit, raccoons, squirrel, quail and waterfowl. Click here for a map of the gamelands around Jordan lake. For more information on hunting rules and how to obtain a hunting license, click here.

Contact 3M Pittsboro Plant




3M Pittsboro
4191 Hwy 87 South
Moncure, NC 27559

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