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History of 3M Brookings

December 1968 – Brookings, S.D., is selected as the site of a new 3M Medical Products Plant.

May 1969 – Ground breaking is held for the Brookings plant.

January 1971 – Tape and Mask production begins.

January 1972 – Sterilized products production begins.

1971 – 3M donates land for a city exercise course. 3M Club is formed.

September 1973 – 150,000 sq. ft. expansion is initiated.

December 1975 – New coating operation begins production.

October 1976 – All equipment in coating is operational.

1982 – 3M™ Attest™ production begins. Laboratory operations begin.

January 1985 – 10,000 sq. ft. addition is completed which includes an employee cafeteria, conference rooms, and office space.

July 1988 – 3M Brookings makes its first direct international shipment.

September 1989 – Ground breaking is held for an 80,000 sq. ft. expansion. This brings the 3M Brookings facility to a total of 535,000 sq. ft.

October 1990 – 4,000 sq. ft. dock addition increases shipping area by 67 percent.

March 1991 – New focused factory for surgical drape converting occupies a new addition.

May 1991 – Construction begins on 5,000 sq. ft. storage building and adhesive storage tanks.

March 1993 – Fume incinerator is fully operational.

July 1995 – Land is donated to the city for a fire station.

1999 – 21,000 sq. ft. warehouse is changed to a production area for extruders and sterilized products converting equipment.

June 2001 – 3,000 sq. ft. expansion is added for 3M™ Attest™ production.

2004 – 3M™ Littmann™ Stethoscope production is full scale.

2005 – Construction is completed on Regenerative Thermal Oxidizer (RTO) and it is fully operational.

2005 – Brookings site receives top dollar savings award for 3P (Pollution Prevention Pays).

2006 – Construction begins on M6 Coater and 3M™ Attest™ laboratory and production facilities expansion.

2006 – 3M Brookings earns numerous awards, including:

  • National EPA Environmental Achievement Award
  • OSHA Voluntary Protection Partnership (VPP) STAR Award
  • Corporate Chairman’s (Environmental, Health & Safety (EHS) Award
  • 3P Innovation, Technical Circle of Excellence and Maintenance Conscious Engineering Awards for the RTO
  • “Top 5 Plant” recognition by Environmental Protection magazine

2007 – S10 Sterilizer is commissioned.

2007 – 3M Brookings earns the following awards:

  • South Dakota Governor’s Award for Safety
  • Regional 8 EPA Environmental Achievement Award
  • South Dakota State Wildlife Federation Conservationist of the year
  • 3M Platinum (highest) level Energy Award

2008 – M6 Coater addition and 3M™ Attest™ expansion.

2009 – Sample Handling production moves to 3M Brookings plant.

2011 – The Brookings Plant celebrates its 40th Anniversary with a community open house and employee entertainment events.


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