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Welcome to 3M Cordova

3M Cordova Plant

Greetings from 3M Cordova

  • 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 Materials Resource plant in Cordova, Ill.


    3M’s preferred materials partner.


    Provide 3M divisions with a business advantage globally through advanced technology, competitive cost, and excellent quality, service, and environmental, health, and safety.


    • Satisfy customers with superior quality, value, and services.
    • Provide investors an attractive return through sustained, quality growth.
    • Respect our social and physical environment.
    • Be a company that employees are proud to be a part of.

    Our Quality Statement

    It is our policy to supply products and services to our customers that meet or exceed their expectations. We exist so that our customers can achieve a competitive advantage in the markets they serve. Our quality goal is to deliver defect-free products and services per our customer requirements. We are committed to a policy of division-wide, continuous improvement where it will increase the value that customers derive from those products and services. To achieve this, we will employ recognized process development and improvement methods while honoring the requirements of our quality management system.

    Our Quality Policy

    3M Cordova will comply with and continuously improve our quality management system built on knowing our customers and striving to exceed their expectations.

    Our Energy Policy

    3M Cordova will comply with and continuously improve our energy management system to efficiently use energy to produce and deliver products and services to our customers.

    History of 3M Cordova

    Construction on 3M Cordova began in 1969 and production operations started in 1970. Over the years, the facility continued to grow with several expansions in specialty material production. The last major expansion occurred in 2013 with additional manufacturing capacity for 3M™ Novec™ products and services.

    Today, the plant occupies over a half a million sq. ft. of manufacturing and warehouse space. Employees are highly skilled and experienced in their fields.

    Cordova is registered to ISO 9001, ISO 14001, ISO 50001 and RC 14001 (Responsible Care®) management standards. Our site manufacturers bulk pharmaceuticals and is registered as a Drug Manufacturing Establishment with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. It is also registered with the Medicine Health Care Products Regulatory Agency as a Pharmaceuticals Manufacturing Site.

In the Plant

  • Products & Services

    At 3M Cordova, we make a wide variety of specialty chemicals and adhesives. We blend, react, and purify hundreds of products using a wide variety of technologies throughout the plant. Ultimately, these products are used by other 3M manufacturing facilities or go into industrial, commercial, and consumer applications around the world for a broad range of customers.

    3M Cordova is a high-tech, two-factory facility consisting of Electronic Materials and Internal Materials manufacturing. We supply products to over 30 divisions within 3M.

    Here is a short list of the products made at our Cordova plant:

    • Acrylate Monomers
    • Acrylate Polymer Adhesives
    • Solid and Liquid Epoxy Resins
    • Low Adhesion Backsizes
    • 3M™ Novec™ Engineered Fluids
    • 3M™ Novec™ 1230 Fire Protection Fluid
    • Performance Fluids
    • Specialty Gases
    • Battery Electrolytes
  • Technologies

    3M is a pioneer in developing and applying technologies in new and groundbreaking ways.

    • Adhesives (Ad)
    • Drug Delivery (Dd)
    • Electronic Materials (Em)
    • Fluorinated Materials (Fl)
    • Polymer Melt Processing (Pm)
    • Specialty Materials (Sm)
    • Process Design & Control (Pr)
    • Wound Management (Wo)
    • Advanced Materials (Am)

In the Community

  • Community Involvement

    3M Cordova actively supports education, health, social services and other programs through partnerships, contributions and volunteerism in Cordova and its surrounding communities. Our plant has been actively involved with providing financial support and product donations.

    Donation Highlights

    • United Way
    • Junior Achievement
    • Academic Scholarships
    • Habitat for Humanity
    • Putnam Museum
    • Children's Discovery Center
    • Local Food Banks
    • Mississippi River Eco-Tourism Center
    • Bettendorf Family Museum


    Our employees spend numerous hours each year volunteering their time and efforts for various organizations such as Little League, School Board, community emergency responders, Lions Club, Habitat for Humanity, local food banks, and many school organizations to name a few.

    We are very proud that a number of our employees have been selected as recipients of the company-wide 3M Community Volunteer Award. This prestigious award recognizes employees and retirees who volunteer to make meaningful differences in the lives of others and our communities.

    Other Initiatives

    Our employees also participate in a variety of area activities including the American Heart Association “Heart Walk,” JA Bowl-a-Thon, the Quad Cities Marathon, and the American Cancer Society Relay For Life. Since 1993, many employees have participated in “Sharing Tree,” a program which provides Christmas gifts to children in the surrounding three counties. Participation is employee driven, and the 3M Club contributes as well. 3M Cordova employees and their families provided gifts to 200 area children.

    3M Cordova is committed to our local communities and holds memberships in the Quad Cities Convention and Visitors Bureau and Chambers of Commerce of Albany, Illinois; Fulton, Illinois; Clinton, Iowa; and the Quad Cities Chamber.

    To support the community’s life-saving blood supply needs, we hold quarterly drives to supply the local Mississippi Valley Regional Blood Center. Approximately 100 units are collected annually.

    For a number of years we have supported our local educational systems by inviting them to participate in a free product giveaway event. This event has provided an opportunity for them to obtain a variety 3M products free of charge.

    3M Cordova has an active Community Giving Committee with over 20 members. Along with leading the Cordova annual United Way campaign, the committee also sponsors a variety of activities throughout the year. Examples include a car wash and hot dog fundraisers to support Relay for Life; drives for school supplies, kids' hat and mittens, and toiletries which are donated to local families; and a Chili Cook-off to benefit the American Heart Association Heart Walk.

  • Community Life

    3M Cordova is located on the Mississippi River and borders the states of Illinois and Iowa. The site is on Illinois Route 84 between Albany and Cordova, Ill., approximately 25 miles north of the Iowa/Illinois Quad Cities and 15 miles south of Clinton, Iowa.

    The Quad Cities offers a great mix of Midwestern living coupled with the amenities offered by a larger metropolis. This mix is what makes the Quad Cities a great place to live, work, and play. The area consists of Moline, East Moline, and Rock Island in Illinois and Davenport and Bettendorf in Iowa. Each city brings its own culture and personality to help create a most interesting place to visit and live.

    The only place where the Mississippi River runs east to west is where these five cities and other outer-lying communities come together. The Mississippi River is a recreational delight, offering boating, fishing, or just relaxing on the beach. Throughout the summer months, entertainment abounds in the Quad Cities area. Every year locals and visitors enjoy live sights, sounds, and smells at dozens of festivals on both sides of this great river.

    Adjacent to our facility, on Route 84, a bike trail runs from the Quad Cities to Savanna, Ill. During most months of the year; bikers, runners, and walkers can be seen enjoying the beauty on this very scenic route along the Mississippi River.

    The Quad City International Airport, which serves travelers throughout Eastern Iowa and Western Illinois (QCIA), is located approximately 25 miles away. There are currently four airlines serving 11 nonstop hub or connecting cities. The airport code is MLI.

    The climate in the area offers an opportunity to enjoy the diversity of the seasons.
    Average Spring Temperature: 51°F
    Average Summer Temperature: 76°F
    Average Fall Temperature: 56°F
    Average Winter Temperature: 29°F
    Average Annual Rainfall: 38 inches
    Average Annual Snowfall: 35 inches

    We have two distinctive neighbors: Cordova Dragway Park, home of the World Series of Drag Racing, the oldest consecutively run drag race in the world; and the Quad Cities Exelon Nuclear facility.

    Other major employers in the area include the Rock Island Arsenal, Deere & Company, Genesis Health System, Unity Point Health, Tyson Fresh Meat, Alcoa, Inc., and Kraft Foods/Oscar Mayer.

    Our area is well served by outstanding academic and vocational training facilities. From multi-faceted community colleges to private four-year universities, a wide variety of higher-education opportunities are available.

    Higher-education Institutions:

    Black Hawk College
    Eastern Iowa Community College District
    Ashford University
    Augustana College
    St. Ambrose University
    Western Illinois University
    Quad Cities Graduate Study Center
    Palmer College of Chiropractic

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Contact 3M Cordova Plant

3M Cordova
22614 Route 84 North Cordova, IL 61242