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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 Guin Facts


Guin, Alabama
Marion County
85 Miles west of Birmingham
150 Miles southeast of Memphis


City Hall Fountain
 Facility Size: 510,000 sq. ft.
 Employees More than 275
 3M Division: Traffic Safety Systems
 3M Business: Display & Graphics
 Primary Products:

Reflective Sheeting
Pavement Marking Products
Glass Bubbles
Rear Projection Screens

 Production Process:

Precision Coating
Glass Forming

 Marketing: Worldwide

ISO 14001 Certified
NEPT Charter Member
ISO 9001:2000 Certified


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