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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Kansas still withholding $2M from 3M over DMV software glitches
3M Co. has yet to receive its final $2 million payment from Kansas for its DMV motor-vehicle software contract, the Topeka Capital-Journal reports. State officials say the new $40 million system is still too buggy and won't pay off the remaining $25 million contract until the issues are fixed, including system response times, availability, bugs and maintenance.
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 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 settles lawsuit over Cogent purchase
Both 3M and Cogent deny any wrong doing, but have agreed to pay $1.9 million to shareholders and their attorneys. Bloomberg reports the investors claim Cogent CEO Ming Hsieh favored 3M to collect a retention bonus. The Maplewood-based company paid about $943 million in 2010 for Cogent.
3M still working on a deal to acquire Avery Dennison division
3M's chief financial officer says the Maplewood-based company is still trying to address objections by the U.S. Department of Justice to purchase Avery Dennison's office-supplies division for $550 million. Reuters reports CFO David Meline told investors, "We have a contract that remains in place at the present time and we are reviewing the situation."
3M, Cargill, General Mills among companies to share energy secrets
Several companies gathered to swap power-saving tips at 3M's energy-efficiency summit on Monday. The Maplewood-based company touted its plan to change light bulbs across 35 million square feet of factory space, the Star Tribune reports.
PepsiCo hires 3M's chief design officer
After 10 years at Maplewood-based 3M, Mauro Porcini will now focus on expanding Pepsi's 12 biggest brands, Fast Company reports. At 3M, Porcini had a role in designing office supplies, health care products and built a sought-after design team. Porcini joins PepsiCo on July 2.
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