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Welcome to 3M Wausau

Greetings from 3M Wausau

  • 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 Wausau, Wisconsin

    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
     

    • Environmental, Safety & Health
    • Quality
    • Service
    • Costs
    • Satisfy customers with superior quality, value and services.
    • Respect our social and physical environment.
    • Be a company that employees are proud to be a part of.
    • Add shareholder value.

    True North

    We provide our customers the competitive edge through engaged employees driving consistent, sustainable, and continuously improving quality and service processes.

    3M Wausau Facts
     

    • Plant Age: 3M acquired the 3M Wausau site in 1929 from the Wausau Abrasives Company
    • Plant Size: 173,449 sq. ft. downtown, 91,844 sq. ft. quarry
    • Area: 13 acres dowtown, 1,400 acres quarry

    History of 3M Wausau

    The 3M Wausau Facility was purchased from Wausau Abrasives in 1929. It was the first 3M manufacturing facility purchased outside of Minnesota and is the oldest, currently operating, manufacturing facility for 3M in the world. The original manufacturing facility was located where the existing one still stands in downtown Wausau. The original quarry was located on the west end of Rib Mountain. Initially the facility manufactured grit for sandpaper.

    In the 1930’s, 3M was approached by a shingle manufacturer to mine and color rock for the shingle industry which led to the production of roofing granules. It was determined after a few years that the rock used for roofing granules from the Rib Mountain Quarry was not suitable for asphalt shingles. 3M Geologists searched for a more suitable rock to be used for roofing granules and found the site known today as the Greystone Quarry, which has been operating since the 1930’s. Construction of the Greystone Crushing Facility began in 1952 and was finished in 1954.

    Today rock continues to be mined from the Greystone Quarry which is sent through a series of crushers and screeners until each rock is the right particle size for roofing granules. It is then sent through a coloring process to add colored pigments to meet the customer’s needs. Granules are loaded in railroad cars or semi-trucks for delivery our customers.


In the Plant

  • 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 Wausau plant, we specialize in these core technologies:
     

    • Sustainable Mining
    • Crushing and Screening (Cs)
    • Ceramic Coating (Ce)
    • Process Design and Control (Pr)
  • 3M Wausau Products & Services

    • Roofing Granules
    • Algae Resistant Roofing Granules
    • Greysand Fill Materials
    • Rock for Road Base or Landscaping

In the Community

  • Community Involvement


    The 3M Community Relations philosophy is to positively impact communities and prepare individuals and families for success. 3M does this through focusing on five main focus areas of support: Education, Health & Human Services, Arts & Culture, Environment, and Volunteerism.

    3M supports several different non-profit organizations listed below through volunteerism, monetary donations, and product donations.

    3M Employee Participation
     

    • Big Brothers/Big Sisters
    • Neighbor's Place/Community Garden
    • Junior Achievement
    • Elementary Leadership Conference
    • Mobile Meals
    • Fill-a-Backpack, Fill-a-Need (Workplace Volunteer Council)
    • Boy Scouts
    • Women’s Shelter
    • Habitat for Humanity
    • Ready to Read (United Way)

    3M Support for the Community
     

    • Fill-a-Backpack, Fill-a-Need (Workplace Volunteer Council)
    • United Way Campaign
    • Junior Achievement
    • Big Brothers/Big Sisters
    • Neighbor's Place/Community Garden
    • Boys and Girls Club
    • Coats for Kids (Kiwanis)
    • Various product donations to local agencies and schools
    • Various grants to other non-profit organizations
    • Mobile Meals
    • Boy Scouts
    • Ready to Read (United Way)
    • WI Historical Society
    • 3M Product School Supplies Donation to Local Schools
    • YMCA
    • YWCA
  • 3M Wausau Community Life


    Wausau, Wis., is a great community with lots to offer. It is located in central Wisconsin, the heart of Green Bay Packer and University of Wisconsin Badger Country. Here are some of the area highlights:
     

    • Granite Peaks Ski Resort
    • The Rib Mountain State Park with camping and hiking trails
    • Wisconsin River world class white water canoe/kayak area
    • Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum
    • University of Wisconsin Badger Games
    • Aspirus Hospital
    • Marshfield Clinic
    • North Central Technical College
    • University of Wisconsin Marathon County
    • Grand Theater

    Larger cities close to Wausau are St. Paul, Minn. (approximately 200 miles away), Green Bay, Wisc. (approximately 100 miles away), and Madison, Wisc. (approximately 130 miles away).


Contact 3M Wausau Plant

Phone
(715) 845-7241
Address
 

Downtown Location

144 Rosecrans Street
P.O. Box 1207
Wausau, WI 54401

Greystone Location

410 Decator Drive
Wausau, WI 54401

        

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