Greetings from 3M Decatur
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 Decatur, Alabama
We are a world class manufacturing facility. Our operation is a hub for 3M’s worldwide film and specialty materials manufacturing.
To add value for our …
- Customers by continuously improving all of our products and operations in order to make our customers successful.
- Employees by providing a safe and secure work environment where they can develop their individual and diverse talents.
- Shareholders through continuous productivity improvements that provide an attractive return and support growth.
- Community by making socially and physically responsible decisions and by giving back.
- Focused on implementing and improving processes that require ideal behaviors, deliver ideal results, and create value for our customers and business partners.
The Decatur Site will strive to be a facility that all employees are proud to be a part of by making decisions and taking actions with uncompromising honesty and integrity in everything we do.
Decatur Site Established in 1961
Site Size: ~2,000,000 Square Feet
Area: 864 Aces
History of 3M Decatur
The 3M Decatur plant is an integral part of the local economy. The first activity on the 3M site was the establishment of the chemical plant in 1961. It was followed by building activities on the film plant the following year.
The site production portfolio expanded again with the merger of 3M's fluoroelastomer business with the German company, Hoescht, to form Dyneon in 1997. Decatur was the key producer of the 3M products involved in the merger. In 1998, Dyneon built its own facility on the Decatur site for production of these materials. In 1999, 3M purchased Dyneon from Hoescht, and it now operates as a wholly owned subsidiary of 3M. The Dyneon operations expanded once again in 2003 when 3M’s Dyneon business purchased Solvay’s Decatur Polyvinylidene Fluoride plant.
Despite representing largely separate businesses, the two plants (Film and Materials) on site enjoy a vibrant synergy. Each plant has its own manufacturing organization headed by a plant manager, one of whom also serves as site manager. The site manager oversees resources of common benefit to the plants. These include Environmental, Health, Safety and Regulatory (EHS&R), as well as Human Resources, Information Technology, WasteWater Treatment and Utilities. Specific operational groups such as Engineering, Production, Maintenance, Logistics and Quality Assurance are managed separately by each plant.
The Materials Plant
The Materials Plant is composed of three separate factories – batch chemicals, fluoroelastomers and fluoroplastics. Products include a wide variety of adhesives, curatives, fluoropolymers, primers, processing additives, protective treatments, specialty chemicals and surfactants. In addition to manufacturing, the Materials Plant also has a process development center for new fluoropolymer products.
The Film Plant
The FMSCO - Decatur Film Plant manufactures products that can be divided into two major areas: specialty resins and specialty films. The specialty resins are used in the film manufacturing processes to produce the specialty films. These resins have unique optical and thermal properties. FMSCO specialty films can be used in numerous applications. There are three major categories: Reflective Polarizer Applications, Polyester Applications, and Extrusion Coated Films.
Our success begins by applying our 40 core technologies – often in combination – to an endless array of real-world customer needs in our manufacturing facilities. Much of the fundamental R&D for both the Film and Materials Divisions is performed in our St. Paul R&D facilities; however, eleven of the forty core 3M Technologies are practiced and continuously improved at the Decatur location.
These technologies include:
- Adhesives (Ad)
- Analytical Science and Technology (An)
- Display (Di)
- Flexible Converting and Packaging (Fc)
- Films (Fi)
- Molding (Mo)
- Polymer Melt Processing (Pm)
- Precision Processing (Pp)
- Process Design and Control (Pr)
- Specialty Materials (Sm)
- Surface Modification (Su)
The Decatur factory site serves roughly two thirds of 3M divisions. Our films and specialty materials are sold directly to external customers and shipped to other 3M locations around the world for further value-added processing before they are sold into various industrial, commercial, and consumer applications.
Decatur, Alabama is Grand City on a charming scale nestled in the beautiful Tennessee River Valley of North-Central Alabama with an approximate population of 56,000. The City of Decatur was founded in 1823 by order of the U. S. Congress and President James Monroe in honor of the renowned U. S. Naval Officer Commodore Stephen Decatur.
The city was incorporated by the Alabama Legislature in 1826 and quickly experienced major economic growth as a result of being the eastern terminus of the first railroad line west of the Appalachian Mountains.
Today, Decatur remains a commerce hub with several of the nation's industrial giants operating manufacturing plants in the area that still heavily utilize the two major outlets for industry - the Tennessee River and the railroad.
The residents of Alabama are drawn to the area due to its proximity to several major southeastern cities, high quality of living, southern charm, and abundant recreational opportunities.
Decatur sits on the banks of Wheeler Lake, the largest lake in North Alabama with 67,100 acres of water. The lake stretches approximately 60 miles between Guntersville and Wheeler Dams and allows you to choose your spot for prime fishing, boating, or water skiing. Point Mallard Park, home of the nation's first wave pool, also provides numerous recreational activities. Weather in the summer is warm and humid and in the winter mild and dry.
In order to advance 3M's reputation and employee pride, 3M contributes cash and in-kind donations to non-profit organizations, educational, and environmental institutions throughout Alabama. 3M’s Alabama locations (Decatur and Guin) have the opportunity to focus on meeting needs that are unique to these thriving Alabama areas.
- Project Lead the Way – Decatur City School System
- Hospice of the Valley
- The Salvation Army
- United Way
- Habitat for Humanity
- American Cancer Society – Relay for Life
- Local Emergency Planning Commission
- Partner in Education – Decatur’s Austin High School
- Princess Theater
- Danville High School Remedial Computer Lab
- Calhoun Community College Technology Center
- County Library
- Oakville Indian Mounds
- The Nature Conservancy
- Skilled Craft Scholarships for Females & Minorities at Calhoun Community College
- Skilled Craft Scholarships for Females & Minorities at Drake College in Huntsville
- UAH National Society of Black Engineers
- University of Alabama
- Alabama A&M
- Auburn University
- University of Alabama Huntsville
- Other Miscellaneous Sponsorships