Minnesota Mining and Manufacturing (3M)
Workers Exposed to Asbestos
The company was founded in 1902 in order to mine for minerals used in the production of abrasive materials. By 1910, 3M started to attract investors, and by 1917, the company reached $1 million in sales. After 1950, Minnesota Mining and Manufacturing went global opening factories in Mexico, Canada, Germany, France, the United Kingdom and Australia. The company’s growth continues to this day with its product line still expanding. The products manufactured by 3M endangered the lives of the company’s workers and of the end consumers of products like asbestos containing adhesives, caulk and duct tape.