As part of a enterprise-wide restructuring and cost-reduction plan, Maplewood, Minnesota-based 3M Corporation, the iconic multinational conglomerate, has announced that it will be closing its filtration products plant in Eagan, Minnesota. The company will lay of approximately 96 workers in March and April 2019 as operations are spun-down. This should come as no surprise to employees since the restructuring plan was announced in December 2017 and the Eagan plant closed in 2018.
According to a 3M spokesperson, “the decision to close the plant stemmed from the realignment of 3M's Separation and Purification Sciences business that would allow investment in other ‘key growth segments’ that include types of filtration products other than those made in Eagan.” It is believed that the company has decided to shift its resources and attention from commercial air filtration and refrigeration filtration products to higher growth and margin products such as those used in the food, beverage, and medical industries.
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