3M execs: $11.2 million upgrade starts in Decatur

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DECATUR, Ala. (AP) — A north Alabama chemical facility is getting an $11.2 million upgrade as part of plans for expanded operations.

A top official at the 3M Co.’s facility on State Docks Road in Decatur told the Decatur Daily that the facility is on track to begin producing “fine chemicals” in the second quarter of 2015.

Site operations manager Robin Higgs told the newspaper that the chemicals are something that no 3M plant has produced before.

The Decatur plant mostly produces adhesives in batches ranging from 3,000 to 6,000 gallons. The new process will yield 300 gallon-batches of fine chemicals, Higgs said.

Documents filed with the Decatur Industrial Development Board say the new production line will involve 13 new jobs with an average annual salary of $58,750, not including benefits.

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