3M is expanding. The company announced Wednesday that they'll be investing $18 million in their Nevada plant which will allow them to expand their production of film graphics while adding 22 skilled labor jobs. This will be the the seventh time the plant has expanded since opening in 1971. Plant manager Todd Cantrell tells News Talk KZRG, of all 70 countries that the company is located, why they chose to invest in Nevada.
"Our technology is already well invested here. We're recognized throughout the company to be a center of excellence with the technology that we do have and it'll allow us to support the U.S., which is where the growth is taking place right now."
Governor Jay Nixon says 3M is setting a great example for other advanced technology companies to follow.
"So what you do is you try to go to organizations in your state that already have a footprint, and help them deepen that footprint . It sends a clear signal that the economy is moving forward; that the plan we're on is the right economic development for the Show-Me state."
The expansion is expected to be completed by early 2015, with hiring to take place at the end of the year.