Greetings from 3M Pittsboro
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 Pittsboro, North Carolina
We are part of 3M’s Industrial Minerals Products Division (IMPD) within the Safety and Security Protection Systems business. 3M IMPD is one of the oldest divisions in the company with roots dating back 80 years.
For more than seven decades, our division has been bringing vibrant and reliable color to roofs and other architectural surfaces. Color you can count on – color that stands the test of time.
We're proud to have a strong safety culture and we follow a philosophy of continuous improvement with our manufacturing and business processes to ensure world-class quality and service to our customers.
*Plant Size: Bldgs – 10: 95,000 sq ft
*Site Size: 2100 Acres
History of 3M Pittsboro
In the early 1980’s, 3M began studying options to open a granule manufacturing facility in the southeastern part of the country. Testing showed that the rock formations and conditions were right for a granule manufacturing facility just southwest of Raleigh, North Carolina. 3M started to acquire properties in the mid 1980’s and over the next 15-20 years developed enough property holdings to support a granule manufacturing operation.
Today, the Pittsboro plant has state of the art process control systems. All systems have automated human machine interface controls backed by programmable logic controllers. We have the ability to track and alarm process variables against limits. These technologies give us a strong quality and lean advantage to our operation. In addition, we operate crushing and screen processes which collaborate to optimize our raw material yield and provide a consistent granule dimension.
We also have technologies for heat treating, curing and cooling. These systems are connected through a series of material conveyors. We have finished product storage and a shipping system that has been stream lined with special tankers to allow fast turns to local customers and to the rail yard for rail car transloading and shipping.
Pittsboro Plant Milestones
1985 Property purchased in NC, Chatham County
1995 3M press release, mining application
1999 3M funded plant construction
Q3, 2000 Construction activities
Q4, 2001 Plant hiring process
Q1, 2002 Facilities checkout
Q1, 2002 New employee training
Q2, 2002 Product Qualifications
May 29, 2002 First Customer service - truck shipments
July 22, 2002 First rail car shipped
Mar 2003 Trans-loader start up
Our primary business is the manufacture of roofing granules – rock which is crushed and colored to make asphalt shingles. We sell to the most shingle manufacturers in the United States.
All the products we sell are crushed to a range of sizes. The granules are then treated with an opaque ceramic coating and other chemicals that provide functionality and beauty.
As a Fortune 500 company, 3M is recognized for our worldwide research and development expertise. Our innovations spring from more than 40 technology platforms that have made us the global leader in major markets. At the Pittsboro plant, we specialize in these core technologies:
3M Pittsboro employees are actively involved in many charitable organizations in the surrounding communities. We contribute volunteer hours and financial gifts to organizations such as:
Pittsboro is located near the triangle area that unites the cities of Chapel Hill, Durham and Raleigh, North Carolina.
Raleigh is the capital city and three major universities are nearby including the University of North Carolina, North Carolina State and Duke University.
We are just 3 hours to the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains, and 2 hours to the Atlantic coast. Large manufacturing and technology companies such as SAS, Glaxco Smith Kline, GE, Caterpillar, Red Hat, IBM and Cisco, just to mention a few, help keep the area economically vibrant.
Weather and Climate
Many people find North Carolina’s climate, especially the central part of the county, a nice compromise between the long, snowy winters of the northern states and the long, steamy seasons of the more tropical locations. While we can have icy cold period with snow and a few sweltering summer days, these rarely don’t last for long periods of time. We get the benefit of experiencing a change of seasons without having to deal with long periods of extreme weather. The information below is provided by the State Climate Office, based at North Carolina State University.
Generally, the weather allows residents to use local recreational lakes for swimming and water skiing from early May to late September. Golfers also find they can often get in one or two games of golf even in the harshest winter months when we will have a day or two of balmy weather.
AVERAGE HIGHS: The average highs range from 49 degrees in January to 71 degrees in April to 88 degrees in August and 53 degrees in December.
AVERAGE LOWS: The average lows range from 29 degrees in January to 46 degrees in April to 67 degrees in July to 32 degrees in December.
MONTHLY PRECIPITATION: Monthly precipitation varies widely. The four wettest months, based on the records, are: July, May, January and March. So the wet weather moves around a bit. However, October through December tend to be the driest period.
SNOW AND ICE: Most states south of Virginia are prone to have more ice incidents than snowfall, but serious ice storms causing major power outages are rare. We typically have at least some minor snowfall each year, but some years may include one or two major accumulations of six inches or more.
Chatham County School Information
K-12 Public Schools
The Chatham County Public Schools, directed by the County Board of Education, is the only K-12 public school system in the county. View the School Board Member District Map. The county government provides substantial funding for the schools for both construction and renovation of facilities and general operating support. The Administrative Office is located in Pittsboro at 369 West Street. Phone: 919-542-3626.
For more information on the School System, click here.
Non-Public, Charter and Alternative Schools
The North Carolina Department of Public Instruction maintains a list of non-public, charter and alternative schools and some are listed by county. Click here to view this information.
Chatham County is served by Central Carolina Community College, which also includes Harnett and Lee counties. The locations of the community college in the county are:
Several classes are offered online as well as at campus locations. CCCC offered both curriculum major programs and continuing education classes. For more information on the community college and its classes, click here.
Fishing, Hunting and Boating
Chatham County has several excellent hunting and fishing areas, both public and private. The major public facility in Chatham County is Jordan Lake, located in the eastern part of the county. The lake is used my fisherman year-round, while hunting is allowed in certain areas around the lake during specific times of the year. For more information on Jordan Lake and its other activities, click here.
FISHING: Any fishing of public waters requires a license and the state also has regulations that must be followed for inland lakes and rivers. For example, certain fish can only be caught certain times of the year. Click here to see a listing of public fishing locations in the area. Licenses can be ordered online or purchased at specific locations in the county. The fee varies of residents or non-residents of the state. To get updated information on fishing licenses and regulations, click here.
BOATING: Jordan Lake offers a wide array of boating opportunities, but some are restriction to certain parts of the lake. For general information on boating regulations and licenses, click here. For information on boating at Jordan Lake, click here.
HUNTING: Some, not all, of the land around Jordan Lake provides periodic opportunities for hunting deer, wild turkeys, foxes, rabbit, raccoons, squirrel, quail and waterfowl. Click here for a map of the gamelands around Jordan lake. For more information on hunting rules and how to obtain a hunting license, click here.