Local innovation was on display as State Senator Neil Anderson (Rock Island) toured the 3M facility in Cordova on Monday, October 26th.
“Most of us use 3M products like scotch tape, and post-it notes pretty much every day,” said Anderson. “It was amazing to see not only how much of that is produced right here in the 36th district, but also to learn a little more about some of their lesser known products.”
On the tour, Anderson met with Cordova Plant Manager Mike Sherick and Environmental, Health, Safety & Regulatory Manager Ken Ramm, as well as other department heads and employees of the facility.
“We appreciate Senator Anderson taking time to stop by to learn more about 3M and manufacturing in Illinois. The Senator had an opportunity to view a number of interesting products manufactured at the 3M Cordova site,” said Ramm.
Among the more interesting products made in the 36th District that Anderson had the opportunity to see was 3M’s Novec™ 1230 Fire Protection Fluid. Novec™ 1230 is an innovative new product that extinguishes fire by heat absorption. It is considered a “clean” agent that can put out a fire without damaging the items being protected by, or exposed to the fluid when extinguishing a fire.
“As a firefighter and paramedic it was amazing to see what 3M is doing to develop new technologies, like the Novec Fire Protection Fluid, that have the potential to save lives. As the State Senator who represents this area I’m proud to see this kind of innovation happening right in our own backyard,” said Anderson.
Anderson also had the opportunity to tour the 3M Cordova Fire House, which is part of a major effort to ensure the safety and security of 3M employees and the surrounding area. The on-site firehouse is staffed with plant employees and is equipped to handle fires and hazardous material situations.
The Cordova facility has been in operation for 45 years. One of the major reasons 3M chose the Cordova site was due to the area’s local transportation infrastructure. The plant makes over 500 unique products including the adhesives for magic tape and post-it notes, and supplies materials to plants throughout the nation.