The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO

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April 23, 2014

3M plant expansion to create 22 jobs

NEVADA, Mo. — An $18.7 million expansion at the 3M Co. manufacturing plant in Nevada will create 22 new jobs, a company official said Wednesday.

“We started 43 years ago as a small manufacturer,” said Todd Cantrell, plant manager, in a meeting with employees. “We are now the largest 3M plant in the state of Missouri and one of the largest of all 3M plants.”

Gov. Jay Nixon, who was on hand for the announcement about the expansion, said it’s another example of how Missouri’s work force can deliver.

“They could have put this new line anywhere in the world, and they are doing it right here,” Nixon said. “It’s because they know our work force can deliver.”

Nixon said the expansion is further evidence that Missouri’s economy continues to rebound after the recession of 2009.

To assist 3M with the expansion, the Missouri Department of Economic Development has offered a package of economic incentives that the company can receive if it meets certain job creation and investment criteria. The city of Nevada teamed up with 3M to help make the expansion possible.

Mayor Seth Barrett said the 3M-Nevada partnership has brought a “vibrancy and stability to the local economy” for decades. Wednesday’s announcement marks the seventh time that 3M has expanded at the site.

Cantrell said the company is investing in a state-of-the-art adhesive for the graphic film industry. The plant specializes in manufacturing commercial graphics and promotional signs for buildings and tractor-trailer rigs.

The plant currently employs 639 workers. 3M employs 1,259 people across the state.

“Our continued investment in the Nevada community will create new job opportunities as we increase the production capacity of this facility,” Cantrell said.

Nixon commended the company for participating in the Show-Me Heroes program, which encourages companies to hire veterans, particularly those from the Iraq and Afghanistan wars. The company has hired 17 veterans since the program’s launch in 2010, earning the company a Flag of Freedom award from the state.

He also commended Vernon County, where 1,200 people have signed up for the “100 Missouri Miles” challenge to promote fitness and encourage Missourians to tackle 100 miles of trails — either by hiking, biking, walking, horseback riding or kayaking.

The challenge was created in 2013, when American Trails, a national organization, named Missouri the “Best Trails State” for its collection of trails.

About 3M

FOUNDED IN 1902 at St. Paul, Minn., 3M Co. produces thousands of products for a variety of sectors, including health care, highway safety, office products and manufacturing. The company operates in more than 70 countries and has several plants in Missouri.

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