3M is a global leader producing a variety of gear including the latest safety eyewear, hearing and respiratory protection. More than a century ago, 3M started as a small-scale mining venture in Northern Minnesota, then named Minnesota Mining and Manufacturing Company. Now a global powerhouse, 3M products improve the daily lives of people around the world. When it comes to fabrication, assembly or processing of anything around the world, 3M knows efficiency is key. Today, more than 60,000 3M products are used in homes, businesses, schools, hospitals and other industries.