3M was founded in 1902 in Two Harbors, Minnesota, as Minnesota Mining and Manufacturing Co. Five businessmen, Henry S. Bryan, Hermon W. Cable, John Dwan, William A. McGonagle, and Dr. J. Danley Budd, funded the company to mine materials needed to make grinding-wheel abrasives. From there, 3M develop ... Read More ed the first waterproof sandpaper, the first masking tape, and cellophane tape for sealing boxes. Today, 3M offers many abrasive, adhesive, animal care, cleaning, electrical, and tape products. 3M carries window film, hooks, hangers, sanders, water filters, picture-hanging tools, Velcro, sanding paper, carpet, fasteners, and more. Tapes include masking tape, bonding tapes, duct tape, metal-foil tape, polyester tape, slick-surface tapes, and polyethylene tapes. Adhesives include fasteners, structural adhesives, and nonstructural adhesives. 3M Dual Lock Reclosable Fasteners are available in acrylic or rubber and feature 170-250 stems per square inch. Scotch Indoor Window Film Mounting Tape creates an airtight seal, retaining heat by holding window film in place throughout cold seasons. The Command Key Holder and other Command adhesive products feature peelable liners and sticky backs that adhere to hard surfaces. Command adhesive hooks do not damage walls, and they can hold heavy objects such as umbrellas, cameras, or keys.
3M Corporate Headquarters 3M Center St. Paul, MN 55144-1000