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More than a century ago, 3M started as a small-scale mining venture in Northern Minnesota, then named Minnesota Mining and Manufacturing Company. Now a global powerhouse, 3M products improve the daily lives of people around the world.

When 3M began in 1902, their five founders had a simple goal: to mine for corundum, a mineral ideal for making sandpaper and grinding wheels. Turns out, what they thought was corundum was really another low-grade mineral called anorthosite. Discovering the poor-quality mineral could have caused an early end to the fledgling company, but their founders persisted because of their spirit of innovation and collaboration.

Scientific, technical and marketing innovations produced success upon success over the years, eventually making 3M a constant name on the Fortune 500. Today, more than 60,000 3M products are used in homes, businesses, schools, hospitals and other industries.

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