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Welcome to 3M Cottage Grove, Minnesota

3M Cottage Grove produces a great many things. You may be surprised to learn just how much of what we do here touches your daily life. All of the following and more utilize 3M products whose roots are right here.


  • Post-it® notes and Scotch® Magic™ tape
  • Your car's catalytic converter and gleaming clear coat finish
  • Reflective road signs and license plates
  • Your front door and your kitchen cabinet door
  • The finish on your golf clubs
  • The screen on your flat screen TV, laptop computer or cell phone


As an integral member of the community for more than over 60 years, we’ve been helping 3M bring innovative and useful products to generations of satisfied customers.

One of the core values of 3M has always been our commitment to the communities where we live and work. We’re proud of the ways 3M and our employees give back to the community, from participating in volunteer activities to championing environmental efforts.

We feel fortunate to be part of the Cottage Grove community and are committed to making this a great place for families to live, work and play.


Spread over 1,750 acres along the Mississippi River, 3M Cottage Grove is a virtual, self-sufficient city because of our infrastructure. We pump, process and treat our own water in addition to providing essential safety and security services.

With operations in 35 different buildings, more than 700 people work here, many of them long-time employees… and many of them family members. The site supplies nearly every one of 3M’s businesses and divisions, making us one of the most diverse 3M sites in the world.


  • Multiple 3M divisions have operations here.
  • Our production facilities supply finished products to customers around the world.
  • Pilot plants determine the feasibility of new products, technologies and applications.
  • The 3M corporate incinerator is a safe, environmentally sound way to dispose of industrial waste.
  • The site’s wastewater treatment plant continues to earn positive commendations from the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency.


Six 3M Divisions Call Us Home:

  • Abrasives Systems Division (ASD)
  • Automotive Division (AD)
  • Electronics Markets Materials Division (EMMD)
  • Film Manufacturing Supply Chain Operations (FMSCO)
  • Industrial Adhesives and Tape Division (IATD)
  • Materials Resource Division (MRD)


Message from the Site Director

Vickie Batroot


3M Cottage Grove is not only the city’s largest private employer — it’s the most diverse when it comes to careers. Our 700-plus employees include expert machine operators and engineers, safety specialists and security officers, production-line workers and pilot-plant technicians.
Collectively, our operations offer many career opportunities. And those will continue to grow as more and more of our “baby boomer” employees retire. It’s a trend seen by companies across America. The baby boomer generation of skilled worketrs will retire within the next five to 15 years, creating the need for an estimated 10 million new workers across the nation by 2020.

At 3M Cottage Grove, we recognize the importance of introducing young people to diverse career opportunities, including those offered within the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) areas. That’s why we created our first-ever Career Day in 2011, which we plan to repeat again this year. In December, we were proud to bring local high school students onto our manufacturing site to “show and tell” them about our many operations and job opportunities. We look forward to sharing career information with this year’s crop of junior and senior high school students. It is an honor and privilege to help educate our young adults about the many career possibilities that await them. We’re fortunate to have excellent schools and businesses that provide incredible potential for growth and prosperity in Cottage Grove. We are proud to be part of that future.

Vickie Batroot Signature

Vickie Batroot, Site Director
3M Cottage Grove Center



For information about jobs at 3M, visit our 3M Careers website.