3M operates as a diversified technology company, manufacturing more than 55,000 products, including adhesives, abrasives, laminates, passive fire protection, dental and orthodontic products, electronic materials, medical products, car-care products, electronic circuits, and optical films. The company operates in the industrial and transportation; health care; safety, security and protection services; consumer and office; display and graphics; and electro and communications businesses. Its industrial and transportation business serves a range of markets, such as appliance, paper and packaging, food and beverage, electronics, automotive original equipment manufacturer, and automotive aftermarket. 3M has operations in more than 65 countries that include 29 international companies with manufacturing operations and 35 companies with laboratories. Its products are available for purchase through distributors and retailers in more than 200 countries, and online directly from the company. 3M was founded in 1902 by [Joshua Jones](https://www.crunchbase.com/person/joshua-jones) and is headquartered in Saint Paul, M.N.
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