Helping Protect Lives for More Than 30 Years
In 1974, the movie Towering Inferno sparked the imagination of Richard Licht, a 3M developer who passionately believed that 3M technologies could be used to improve the safety of multi-story buildings. Several devastating fires – including the 1980 MGM Grand Hotel fire that killed 84 people and injured 679 – inspired Licht to develop the first firestop products based on existing 3M intumescent technology.
Recognized by many as "one of the fathers of firestopping," Licht also helped develop some of the first firestopping requirements in commercial building codes. He worked tirelessly to makes the codes more progressive to improve the safety of all buildings.
A recognized leader in research and development, 3M produces thousands of innovative products for dozens of diverse markets. 3M's core strength is applying its more than 40 distinct technology platforms – often in combination – to a wide array of customer needs. With $25 billion in sales, 3M employs 76,000 people worldwide and has operations in more than 60 countries.
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