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3M Guin

Welcome to 3M Guin

3M Guin Plant

Greetings from 3M Guin

  • 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.

    Message from the Plant Manager at 3M Guin

    The 3M Guin Plant has been an economic mainstay for the City of Guin and Marion County since 1955. We are proud of what our plant, our city, and our county have achieved during this time. Our partnership has benefited many area citizens and their quality of life.

    Our facility is part of 3M’s Traffic Safety and Security Division and we are helping to make roadways all over the world safer for motorists and pedestrians. We manufacture reflective road signs and pavement marking materials that are sold around the world. In fact, about 40 percent of the products made in Guin are exported to other countries. Reflective products are also manufactured for the Commercial Solutions Division for advertising on trucks & trailers and for improved visibility of emergency response vehicles. The Advanced Materials Division manufactures glass bubbles - a lightweight filler material for many markets - and ceramic microspheres - a filler material in paints and coatings.

    We have transformed a cotton field and an initial building of 75,000 square feet to a major manufacturing facility of over 500,000 square feet. We provide a great working environment and employment to over 300 remarkable employees. We have a solid foundation in our daily operations. The Safety of our Employees, the Environment, the Quality of our Products, the Service to our Customers, and the Engagement of our Employees are at the core of what we do.

    While we are proud of our history and what we have accomplished, we are focused on what we must do to stay competitive in the markets that we serve. This is largely accomplished by utilizing Lean Six Sigma and encouraging a culture of Continuous Improvement through the Power of 300 dedicated employees. We are driven to win every day.

    Rod Northam
    Plant Manager
    3M Guin

    History of 3M Guin

    Had it not been for the perseverance of community leaders five decades ago, the 3M Guin plant very likely would have been built in neighboring Georgia. Hearing through the “industrial grapevine” that a Minnesota company was seeking a southern manufacturing location, an Alabama delegation led by Guin Mayor Rex Wright quickly organized the first of what would be three trips north to St. Paul and the 3M headquarters.

    Even though they were told they were too late and a site had already been chosen in Georgia, the group persisted. They even got the Alabama governor involved, James E. “Big Jim” Folsom. On their third trip to Minnesota, they were told the plant would be built in Guin.

    In October 1954, 3M broke ground on a 60 acre site in Guin, Alabama that used to be a cotton field. We started production in 1955. Since then, the facility has been expanded many times and employment has continued to grow. 3M continues to make investments to keep 3M Guin competitive globally. The 3M Guin Plant is an economic mainstay of Guin and Marion County.

In the Plant

Wherever your days take you, you’re in touch with a 3M product more often than you know. That’s because we are always collaborating and creating to create products that improve life for people everywhere.

At the Guin site, we are especially expert in these core technologies:

  • Light Management
  • Adhesives
  • Advanced Materials
  • Ceramics
  • Films
  • Specialty Materials
  • Flexible Converting and Packaging
  • Inspection and Measurement
  • Process Design and Control
  • Molding
  • Precision Processing
  • Radiation Processing
  • Surface Modification
  • Vapor Processing
  • Reflective Sheeting
    The most widely recognized product manufactured in Guin is 3M Reflective Sheeting. An adhesive-backed film, 3M sheeting’s surface is embedded with tiny glass beads to reflect light back to the drivers’ eyes. It is used throughout the world on traffic signs for the Traffic Safety and Security Division and vehicle markings for the Commercial Solutions Division to improve visibility.
  • Preformed Pavement Marking Tapes
    In addition to reflective sheeting, 3M Guin manufactures a wide range of preformed pavement marking tapes to mark traffic lanes on roadways. Marketed under the Stamark™ brand name, there are a variety of product grades designed for durable highway and urban uses.
  • Microscopic Glass Bubbles
    3M Guin also produces microscopic glass bubbles, an extremely lightweight specialty additive used to provide bulk and strength to finished goods. Glass bubbles are marketed by the Advanced Materials Division.
  • Ceramic Microspheres
    Another product made at 3M Guin is ceramic microspheres. This product is used in paints and coatings to improve performance and durability of these coatings. This is also part of the Advanced Materials Division.

In the Community

  • Community Involvement

    Guin Life

    People from all parts of our county enjoy the four seasons of the region. Best of all, people enjoy the friendly, down to earth community that exemplifies Guin.

    • Country living with metropolitan areas nearby
    • Extremely low crime rate
    • Excellent schools
    • Convenient shopping
    • Recreational facilities, including a fully operational Waterpark

    Guin offers sports activities including hunting, fishing, and boating at nearby Smith Lake, as well as college sports next door in Birmingham and Tuscaloosa. All this, plus varied community and religious opportunities, give the citizens of Guin an idyllic place to put down roots and raise a family.

  • 3M Guin Community

    3M Guin has close community ties as a result of strong support of local schools and events and participation in local and state government.

    3M Guin is a strong partner with education. Our plant donates supplies to surrounding local schools and non-profit organizations. Our employees visit local schools and speak to the students. In fact, plant tours are offered to the students. 3M Guin also supports Bevill State Community College through scholarships, and we sponsor two local career fairs annually.

    Our employees collaborate together and spend numerous hours of their time volunteering to support organizations such as United Way, Habitat for Humanity, volunteer fire departments, community programs for underprivileged children, and faith based organizations and churches. Additionally, 3M Guin participates in local industrial development and supports local drug abuse and domestic violence programs.

Contact 3M Guin Plant


(205) 468-3315


3M Guin
6675 U.S. Highway 43
Guin, Alabama 35563

The facility is located in Marion County in northwest Alabama, 85 miles northwest of Birmingham, 150 miles southeast of the Memphis International Airport, and 14 miles from the Mississippi line.