Greetings from 3M DeKalb
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 DeKalb, Illinois
Message from the Campus Manager
3M DeKalb is located in the heart of the transportation hub of North America. Just 60 miles west of Chicago, logistics is one of the largest industries in the area. The area offers a large number of options for skilled warehouse and administrative talent, and 3M employees have among the highest seniority in the industry. Having the opportunity to work in the area, we have a focused effort on benchmarking with area industry. We learn from other companies and share our learning with them.
In 2015, we became certified by the Warehouse Education and Research Council (WERC). This certification is in addition to our certifications in our quality management system for Aerospace and Transportation Industry, AS9100 and TS16949, as well as ISO9001.
In 2016, opened our new DK6 facility which will leverage disruptive technologies to enable us to service our customers even more effectively. Our employees are continuously improving our processes and our results to enhance our brand as a company and in our community. Every team member is involved in process improvement every day through our Lean Management System. We celebrate successes as a team and solve problems as a team. We work together to make 3M and our community stronger - for today, for tomorrow, and for years to come. As 3Mers, we’re proud of the work we do and proud of the company for which we work. We are 3M.
Beyond our “four walls”, we’re fortunate to have excellent schools and businesses that provide incredible potential for growth and prosperity in DeKalb. Our community members work hard, play hard and care for one another and the community itself. We are proud to be part of the community today and work toward an even brighter future.
History of 3M DeKalb
The first 3M operations in DeKalb begin on Corporate Drive, south of I88 in an industrial park. The building was 3M’s first mechanized distribution center, 225,000 square feet on 65 acres. The building served Consumer and Industrial businesses.
International DC Consolidated to DeKalb - Leased Taylor Building (150,000 square feet)
Consumer Business Moved to Oswego, IL in a 200,000 square foot building
DK1 expansion adds another 150,000 square feet to consolidate the Taylor building operations. 63 dock doors in operation.
3M Leases the Aurora DC. 300,000 square feet and moved the Oswego operation to Aurora
DK2, a former Caterpillar manufacturing facility was leased for operations. The 277,000 square foot facility is located 6 miles north of DK1. It has served Consumer business and functioned as overflow warehouse storage for the campus.
DK3 (also known as DK2, building 3), a 203,000 square foot leased facility is opened due to consolidation of the Atlanta DC to DeKalb. The building shares a truck parking lot with DK2. It has served Consumer and Safety & Graphics businesses as well as the consolidation center for Export Operations.
The 3M Aurora distribution center moves operations to a new 410,000 square foot facility in DeKalb located approximately ½ way between DK1 and DK2/3 in a new industrial park just north of I88. The building serves Electrical, Industrial, Safety and Graphics businesses.
DKC, a 650,000 square foot facility, is built on 50 acres with 77 dock doors. 377 days from approval to the first order shipment! DKC and MDC are located in the same industrial park on adjacent properties. The building serves Consumer business.
DK6, a 978,000 square foot facility, is scheduled to open. The building will consolidate operations that have historically taken place in DK2, DK3 and MDC. The building is located directly east of DKC on 50 Acres of land with 140 dock doors servicing Electrical, Industrial, Safety and Graphics businesses.
Former DeKalb Facility Managers
The DeKalb campus core services are receiving, order filling and shipping. Recently, we’ve expanded our service portfolio to offer our businesses faster cycle time and lower cost models in the areas of specialty receiving, returned goods processing, special project activity and specialty shipping.
Visitor & Vendor Guidelines
Upon arrival, all visitors will be required to sign the visitor and vendor guidelines. Please review the guidelines below prior to your visit to familiarize yourself with these guidelines, and contact your 3M DeKalb visit host if you have any questions.
Security & Safety Information
All visitors and vendors are required to sign in and out on the visitor register at the receptionist desk. When you sign-in, you will be issued a 3M ID Badge which you must wear at all times while in our facility.
We ask that while in our facility you follow the requirements below as they are designed or intended to ensure your safety. In addition, please do not cause potentially unsafe conditions, whether to you or others, nor perform any action that would reasonably be expected to be unsafe.
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3M DeKalb is located within eyeshot of I88 and fewer than 100 miles from 5 other major interstate highways. With the first facility on the campus opening in 1985, the operations have grown to be 3M’s largest distribution facility in the world. We receive thousands of 3M products from all regions of the world and ship to locations across North America, South America, Europe, Africa, the Middle East and some locations in Asia.
DeKalb is a vibrant community, located approximately 60 miles west of Chicago. The area offers small town hospitality with big city amenities.
DeKalb is also the home of Northern Illinois University (NIU). Chartered in 1895, Northern Illinois University first opened its doors as the Northern Illinois State Normal School in 1899 as a teachers' school. The university has since grown into a world-class, research-focused public institution that attracts students from across Illinois, the country and the world. NIU supports STEM initiatives through an outreach program aimed at increasing literacy and interest for K-12 students, families and educators in the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics.
Community Support Group – A group of 3M volunteers who raise funds in a variety of means in order to donate the proceeds to local charitable organizations.
School Event – 3M DeKalb invites area schools to receive 3M products for use in their schools. Products are donated by 3M and the event is hosted by 3M Volunteers.
3Mgives – Local schools and non-profit agencies receive in excess of $35,000 in grants from 3Mgives, our local Community Support Group and the United Way donations of our team members on an annual basis.