3M breaks ground for state-of-the-art research center


Minnesota's 3M is building a $150 million, 400,000 square foot research and development center on its Maplewood campus.

The Star Tribune reports construction on the four-story state-of-the-art building began on Wednesday. The construction is expected to last two years.

A press release on 3M's Facebook page called the new building "an essential R&D hub" that will provide "...a creative, collaborative work environment for approximately 700 researchers."

The newspaper said that the facility, to be tagged with the no-frills name of Building 280, will provide technology research for three of 3M’s five businesses: electrical and energy, safety and graphics, and industrial.

The city of Maplewood supported tax-increment-financing for the project, which the Legislature approved in May.

Last month, 3M announced plans to expand its manufacturing plant in Brookings, S.D.

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