Greetings from 3M Cottage Grove
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 3M Cottage Grove, Minnesota
3M Cottage Grove produces a great many things. You may be surprised to learn just how much of what we do here touches your daily life. All of the following and more utilize 3M products whose roots are right here.
As an integral member of the community for more than over 65 years, we’ve been helping 3M bring innovative and useful products to generations of satisfied customers.
One of the core values of 3M has always been our commitment to the communities where we live and work. We’re proud of the ways 3M and our employees give back to the community, from participating in volunteer activities to championing environmental efforts.
We feel fortunate to be part of the Cottage Grove community and are committed to making this a great place for families to live, work and play.
LIKE A SMALL CITY
Spread over 1,750 acres along the Mississippi River, 3M Cottage Grove is a virtual, self-sufficient city because of our infrastructure. We pump, process and treat our own water in addition to providing essential safety and security services.
With operations in 35 different buildings, more than 700 people work here, many of them long-time employees… and many of them family members. The site supplies nearly every one of 3M’s businesses and divisions, making us one of the most diverse 3M sites in the world.
Six 3M Divisions Call Us Home:
Message from the Site Director
Encompassing 1750 acres, over 1,500,000 square feet in 35 buildings, and almost 800 employees, 3M Cottage Grove is a unique blend of research and development through our pilot plants, and manufacturing through our multiple manufacturing plants. We utilize most of 3M’s technology platforms on site and touch a large number of 3M’s divisions. From product concept to disposal, we strive to be among the most efficient, effective, and agile sites in 3M.
3M Cottage Grove is not only the city’s largest private employer — it’s the most diverse when it comes to careers. Our 700-plus employees include scientists and engineers, expert machine operators and skilled craftspeople, safety specialists, security officers, and pilot-plant technicians. Collectively, our operations offer many career opportunities. And those will continue to grow as more and more of our “baby boomer” employees retire. It’s a trend seen by companies across America. The baby boomer generation of skilled workers will retire within the next five to 15 years, creating the need for an estimated 10 million new workers across the nation by 2020.
At 3M Cottage Grove, we recognize the importance of introducing young people to diverse career opportunities, including those offered within the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) areas. That’s why we created our first-ever Career Day in 2011, which we have since repeated multiple times. We have been proud to bring local high school students onto our manufacturing site to “show and tell” them about our many operations and job opportunities. It is an honor and privilege to help educate our young adults about the many career possibilities that await them. We’re fortunate to have excellent schools and businesses that provide incredible potential for growth and prosperity in Cottage Grove.
We are proud to be part of that future, and we are proud to be a part of the community here in the Cottage Grove Area.
Mike Bahma, Site Director
3M Cottage Grove Center
History of 3M Cottage Grove
Since its founding in 1902 at Two Harbors, Minnesota, 3M Company has incorporated values and innovative thinking that make 3M unique. Perseverance, ingenuity and creativity have made 3M a success for over 100 years.
For years, people around the world have looked to 3M for products and ideas that solve problems and make their lives easier and better. Our achievements are reflected in a proud past and are the foundation for a bright future of many innovations to come.
Since 1948, 3M Cottage Grove has been a major factor in many of 3M's achievements, and will continue to be in the future.
3M is a pioneer in developing and applying technologies in new and groundbreaking ways. 3M Cottage Grove manufactures product for a number of 3M divisions. This makes it a very unique Manufacturing Facility with many different technologies.
Thousands of 3M Products have their roots here. 3M manufacturing facilities span the globe, and many of them rely on products, components, or processes that originated at 3M Cottage Grove. 3M pilot plants and the corporate incinerator are also located here.
The primary products produced here include:
Various combinations of these result in tens of thousands of different products. Abrasives combined with adhesives, think sandpaper. Adhesives with film, you end up with one of many Scotch tapes. And on and on.
Welcome to Cottage Grove, Minnesota!
Cottage Grove is a vibrant community of 30,000 residents with a strong manufacturing and retail economy. We are located approximately eight miles southeast of Minnesota's "Twin Cities" of St. Paul and Minneapolis at US 61 and Innovation Road. Settled in the 1840's with the creation of the Langdon and "Old Cottage Grove" villages, Cottage Grove is now one of the fastest-growing communities in Minnesota, facing a bright future.
General Cottage Grove Information
3M is located in Cottage Grove, Minn., at the southernmost part of Washington County on the Mississippi River, 17 miles south of St. Paul, Minn. It is 15 miles south of 3M Center, Corporate Headquarters in Maplewood, Minn., in a suburban/rural setting.
Sharing Our Success with the Community
3M Cottage Grove’s prosperity and success have translated into support for many community causes and organizations – support that includes financial contributions as well as volunteer efforts by many 3M employees and retirees. As Cottage Grove’s largest private employer, 3M has been a good neighbor in the city for over 60 years.
Here are some of the groups we continue working with:
Site Director: 651-458-2001
Transportation & Freight for 3M Cottage Grove: 651-458-2334
3M Cottage Grove Center
10746 Innovation Road
Cottage Grove, Minnesota 55016-4600