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
To be the world’s leading supplier of colored and specialty roofing granules for the asphalt shingle industry.
We provide our customers the competitive edge through engaged employees driving consistent, sustainable, and continuously improving quality and service processes.
3M Wausau Facts
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.
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:
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
3M Support for the Community
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:
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).