3M's Architectural Markets division is adding a little flair to its lighting products. Over the summer, the Maplewood based manufacturer rolled out Its AIR and FLEX lights which feature sleek curves and new patterns that 3M expects to be a hit among high-end architects and designers. The company is hoping the aesthetically-pleasing new lights will also help enhance the division's reputation as an innovator.
What's open, closed on Indigenous People's Day/Columbus Day 2022
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A massive bottling plant could be built south of the Twin Cities
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Hunt for inmate who escaped northeastern MN correctional facility
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Lockdown lifted at Eden Prairie HS, but evening activities canceled
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Man charged with Amber Alert kidnapping, sexual assault of 15-year-old girl
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Group arrested after attempt to enter Coon Rapids football stadium
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Sisters now living in MN win $80K over treatment at Texas border facility
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3M unveils light bulb with 25-year lifespan
Minnesota-based 3M Co. has developed what it says is a better LED light bulb, and its first-ever consumer bulb, the Pioneer Press reports. The high-tech bulb boasts a 25-year lifespan (at three hours of use per day) and carries a $25 price tag. It's due in stores in August.
3M plans new Maplewood lab
3M is planning a new lab facility at its Maplewood headquarters, the company has told employees. The facility, to be home to 700 researchers, could open by 2014, KSTP reports. The company in recent years has shifted more of its research and development work overseas.
3M expands solar-film plant
3M is expanding its sustainable energy footprint with its new photovoltaic film manufacturing plant in Missouri. The Maplewood-based conglomerate says the film cuts manufacturing time and replaces the need for the heavy glass used in rooftop solar modules. The Star Tribune also reports the project will lower costs for U.S.-based makers of solar panels.
3M to invest $50 million in China
A 3M executive says the $50 million investment is part of a "five-year strategy for China to increase annual sales 15 to 20 percent." The Maplewood-based manufacturer plans to develop new technology and products for the China market -- 3M's biggest overseas market.
3M CEO backs off growth projections
3M's Chief Executive Officer is revising the projections for annual sales growth set by his predecesor. Bloomberg reports 3M's new goal is to increase revenue four to six percent a year at existing businesses, a reduction from the seven to eight percent sought by the previous CEO.
3M promises to enhance TV screens
3M and a California-based nanotechnology company will work together to sell a new film that allows LCD displays to deliver richer, truer-to-life color. The Maplewood-based company will provide optical film, as well as engineering and design help. 3M says the film could be used inside TVs, laptops and desktop computers, tablet computers and smartphones.
MPCA board won't require environmental review of 3M incinerator
The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency threw out a petition from residents concerned about the health impact of toxic chemicals. 3M wants to import and burn hazardous waste from other companies at its incinerator in Cottage Grove. The board will discuss the new permit to allow non-3M waste next month.
Kansas withholding millions from 3M Co.
Kansas officials say they won't pay 3M the remaining $4 million the state owes on its $25 million contract until the Maplewood-based vendor fixes the state's new $40 million motor vehicle system. Among the issues, the Topeka Capital-Journal reports the new software didn't convert more than 70,000 records correctly and counties continue to report other problems three months after the May launch.
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