3M Announces Layoffs for Missouri Plant

By RandyR

First posted on 09-28-2007

Columbia, MO – Diversified manufacturer 3M Corp. has announced plans to lay off about 240 employees at its flexible electronic circuits plant here. Those layoffs affect roughly half of the plant’s workforce and will occur by next summer.

3M said it is consolidating production on those components (which are used in products like printer ink-jet cartridges) to other facilities in Singapore and in Canoga Park, California.

The Missouri plant will continue to produce electronic components including electronic interconnects, medical diagnostic products and magnetic markers used in library security systems after the consolidation. Layoffs are slated to take place through June 30, 2008.

David Robinson, plant manger at the Columbia facility, said the employees would receive severance packages and assistance in finding new jobs.

3M produces products ranging from Scotch tape to films used in liquid crystal display monitors. It employs about 75,000 people worldwide.