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Welcome to 3M Cottage Grove

3M Cottage Grove Plant

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.

    • Post-it® notes and Scotch® Magic™ tape
    • Your car's catalytic converter and gleaming clear coat finish
    • Reflective road signs and license plates
    • Your front door and your kitchen cabinet door
    • The finish on your golf clubs
    • The screen on your flat screen TV, laptop computer or cell phone

    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.


    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.

    • Multiple 3M divisions have operations here.
    • Our production facilities supply finished products to customers around the world.
    • Pilot plants determine the feasibility of new products, technologies and applications.
    • The 3M corporate incinerator is a safe, environmentally sound way to dispose of industrial waste.
    • The site’s wastewater treatment plant continues to earn positive commendations from the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency.

    Six 3M Divisions Call Us Home:

    • Abrasives Systems Division (ASD)
    • Automotive Division (AD)
    • Electronics Markets Materials Division (EMMD)
    • Film Manufacturing Supply Chain Operations (FMSCO)
    • Industrial Adhesives and Tape Division (IATD)
    • Materials Resource Division (MRD)

    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.


    • Initial construction began in 1947 on 3M Cottage Grove Center. A boiler building as well as two manufacturing buildings were erected.
    • Employees moved into their offices in 1948. Originally the site was called the 3M Hastings plant.
    • Aggrecoat was the first product produced here.


    • Three new buildings were built.
    • "Chemolite" was adopted as the name of the plant. It was derived from Chemical and Scotchlite, the first two operations at the site.
    • The first Family Day was held.
    • Scotchgard™ Fabric Protector was invented and 3M Cottage Grove became the original manufacturing location of this widely used product.
    • The first Children's Day at 3M Cottage Grove Center was held, and youngsters were shown how to use a fire extinguisher to put out a fire.


    • Products produced at 3M Cottage Grove Center play major roles in lunar exploration:
      • 3M material on the lunar module helped guide the astronauts around the surface of the moon. 
      • 3M oxide was used in the videotapes that carried the astronauts' Holiday messages to people on Earth.
    • 3M™ Scotchtint™ Sun Control Window film was developed at 3M Cottage Grove. This film helps keep your home cooler in summer, warmer in winter, and protects your furniture and carpet from damaging ultraviolet rays.


    • 3M Scotchlite™ High Intensity Grade Reflective Sheeting was developed at 3M Cottage Grove Center. It enhances the weatherability and durability of reflective sheeting, giving longer life to highway signs - and providing a safer drive home.
    • The largest printing plate in the world is created at 3M Cottage Grove Center and used to print billboards, posters and dress patterns.
    • 3M Chemolite celebrates its 25th anniversary in 1973.


    • Post-it Notes are created by 3Mer Art Fry. The adhesives for Post-it Notes and Scotch™ Magic™ Tape were produced at 3M Cottage Grove Center.


    • 3M Cottage Grove celebrated Earth Day and 2,500 pine seedlings were planted on site.
    • 3M Cottage Grove celebrates its 50th anniversary in 1998, with a community celebration..


    • Cottage Grove Center security is upgraded to ensure employee and community safety.
    • Construction is completed on a new wastewater treatment plant.
    • 3M Foundation partners with South Washington County Schools Education Foundation and the Washington County Sheriff's Office to keep the Drug Sniffing Dog Program on Track.
    • A 3M grant provides area school buses with emissions-control devices so buses run cleaner.
    • 3M Foundation partners with 3M Cottage Grove, Youth Service Bureau & Washington County Library to create the Library Leaders program, to identify and develop future youth leaders.
    • 3M Cottage Grove Celebrated it's 60 Year anniversary in 2008 with an on site employee family event and a raptor release at the Carpenter Nature Center with the community.

In the Plant

  • Technologies

    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.

  • Products & Services

    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:

    • Chemicals and Specialty Materials
    • Abrasives
    • Adhesives
    • Cubitron™ II Abrasives
    • Glass bubbles
    • Automotive
    • Industrial Tapes
    • Sintered Abrasives
    • Specialty films
    • Pilot Plants
    • Traffic Safety Systems Process

    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.

  • 3M Cottage Grove Life

    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

    • Date Established: 1843
    • School District: 833
    • County: Washington County
    • 2015 Population: 34,689
    • 1990 Population: 22,935

    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.

  • 3M Cottage Grove Community Involvement

    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:

    • Junior Achievement
    • Carpenter St.Croix Valley Nature Center
    • Friends of the Mississippi River (FMR)
    • Wildlife Habitat Council
    • Canine Exercise/Practice Facility
    • Youth Safety Camp
    • Youth Service Bureau (YSB)
    • Education Foundation for South Washington County Schools
    • Drug-Sniffing Dog
    • Stuff for Schools Program
    • 3M Visiting Wizards
    • Paint-A-Thon 
    • Friends in Need Food Shelf
    • United Way
    • Stone Soup Thrift Shop
    • Adopt-a-Highway
    • Cottage Grove Strawberry Fest
    • Friends In Need Food Shelf
    • Adopt a Family – Holidays
    • Hastings Family Services
    • Hastings Rivertown Days
    • Prescott Daze

Contact 3M Cottage Grove Plant


Site Director: 651-458-2001
Administration: 651-458-2153
Transportation & Freight for 3M Cottage Grove: 651-458-2334


3M Cottage Grove Center
10746 Innovation Road
Bldg. 116-1-1
Cottage Grove, Minnesota 55016-4600