3M Aberdeen announces expansion

MAP: 3M Aberdeen to expand 120,000 square feetHenry Carlson Construction, along with Kyburz-Carlson Construction have been awarded the 3M project expansion in Aberdeen. Read the full story on the Aberdeen News website.

Aberdeen’s 3M facility will be adding 120,000 square feet to expand production of N95 masks.

The expansion is needed because 3M was awarded two U.S. Department of Defense contracts to further expand its U.S. production of N95 respirators.

Those new contracts mean, in part, the construction of two new wings creating a combined 120,000-square-foot expansion to its Aberdeen plant, according to a news release from the company.

An east and west wing, each 60,000 square feet, will be added to the south side of the current facility, which currently spans 440,000 square feet. The first wing is expected to be up in the next 90 days, said Aberdeen plant manager Andy Rehder. An additional 100 employees will be added to staff the new equipment with hiring continuing through the next two to three months, he said.

Rehder expects the expansion’s impact on Aberdeen will include: continued job opportunities, work for local contractors helping with the expansion and use of hotel rooms for 3M employees and contractors.