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