The company, together with subsidiaries, operates as a diversified technology company worldwide. The company, formerly known as the Minnesota Mining and Manufacturing Company, was founded in 1902 in the Lake Superior town of Two Harbors, Minn. Five businessmen set out to mine a mineral deposit for grinding-wheel abrasives. Its registered head office is based in Saint Paul, Minnesota.The company serves customers through six business segments, which increase speed and efficiency by sharing technological, manufacturing, marketing and other resources. These six businesses are: consumer and office business, display and graphics business, electro and communications business, health care business, industrial and transportation business, and safety, security and protection services business. Its consumer and office business supplies an array of innovative products that keep homes cleaner, offices organized and buildings well-maintained, its consumer and office business is home to some of the world's best-known brands, including Post-it, Scotch, Scotch-Brite, FiltreteT, O-Cel-OT, NexcareT, and CommandT. The display and graphics business provides products-display enhancement films, reflective materials, eye-catching graphics, projection systems and more -that people around the world rely on every day. The company's electro and communications business offers solutions for customers in electrical, electronics and communications markets around the world. The health care business supplies innovative and reliable products that help health care professionals improve the quality of care. It is a global leader in medical and oral care products, and drug delivery and health information systems.The industrial and transportation business provides thousands of innovative products including tapes, abrasives, adhesives, specialty materials and filtration systems to dozens of diverse markets - from automotive to aerospace to renewable energy to electronics. The company's safety, security and protection services business offers personal protective equipment, safety and security products, track and trace solutions and more - increase the safety, security and productivity of people, facilities and systems around the world. The company operates production facilities in the United States, Taiwan and Poland.
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