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3M

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Began Manufacturing in Brownwood
1965
Acres
163
Local Jobs
500+
Manufacturing Plant
3M

3M is a global innovation company that works to improve daily life for hundreds of millions of people across the world. Its Brownwood location began manufacturing in 1965 and is a leading manufacturer of reflective sheeting for highway signs, license plates, protective clothing, and security laminates throughout the world. In 2015, the plant celebrated 50 successful years of operations in Brownwood.

The plant’s 910,000 sq. ft. facility sits on 163 acres and serves nine divisions. The plant’s first major expansion took place in 1967, with a second expansion to 450,000 sq. ft in 1974 and third expansion to 600,000 sq. ft. in 1979. From 1989 to the present, the location has expanded and added several facilities. 

The 3M Brownwood Plant is a global supplier, with world-wide logistics and distribution. The plant is also active in the community, supporting educational, health, social services, and other programs through partnerships, contributions, and volunteerism.

In the Plant
  • World-wide global logistics / distribution

  • Global sourcing

  • Supplier quality management (TQRDC)

At Brownwood, 3M makes a wide variety of reflective sheeting and reflective cloth. We also make security laminates and world-class inks. A short list of the products made in 3M Brownwood includes:
 

  • Prismatic Reflective Sheeting 

  • 3M™ Scotchlite™ Reflective Fabric and Films for industrial, commercial and consumer garments 

  • 3M™ License Plate Sheeting 

  • 3M™ Confirm™ Security Laminate 

  • 3M™ Piezo Inks for Commercial Applications 

  • 3M Crystal Silk

We extrude, coat and convert these products using a wide variety of technologies throughout the plant. Ultimately, these products go into industrial, commercial and consumer applications around the world for a broad range of customers.

3M Brownwood is home to a number of innovative technologies, including:

  • Microreplication (Mr) 

  • Imaging (Im) 

  • Polymer Melt Processing (Pm) 

  • Vapor processing (Vp) 

  • Adhesives (Ad) 

  • Solvent based coating 

  • Water based coating 

  • Inspection and Measurement (In)

  • Light management (Lm)

  • Specialty materials (Sm)

  • Vapor processing (Vp)

  • Polymer processing (Pp)

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