3M plans major research expansion in Mexico

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Maplewood-based 3M Co. will invest $400 million over the next three years in three research centers in Mexico.

The development was so significant that the country's president made the Tuesday announcement. Global Post reports that Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto said that 3M is showing its confidence in Mexico by developing the talents and creativity "of Mexican women and men who are going to develop new patents" at the research centers.

3M currently employs 7,000 in seven Mexican states. Most of those are manufacturing jobs.

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