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May 3, 2012
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3M Company honored with Dr. Lee Todd Jr. award

Award recognizes Todd’s vision in creating institute committed to workforce challenges

3M Company in Cynthiana manufactures Post-it notes, Post-it easel pads, Post-it labels and Scotch packaging tapes.

LEXINGTON, Ky. (May 3, 2012) — 3M Company has been selected as first recipient of an award named for former University of Kentucky President Dr. Lee Todd, UK’s Kentucky Institute for Workplace Innovation (iwin) announced today.

3M, an international, diversified technology company serving customers and communities with innovative products and services, received the Dr. Lee T. Todd Jr. Bridging the Gap Between Workplace Research and Practice Award.

At the 3M manufacturing plant in Cynthiana, the company manufactures Post-it notes, Post-it easel pads, Post-it labels and Scotch packaging tapes. The company has 500 employees in Kentucky.

The award recognizes Todd’s vision in creating an institute committed to Kentucky’s workforce challenges through engaging organizations in academic research, sharing of best practices and learning opportunities. As the award honoree, 3M will receive a one-year membership to iwin’s Innovative Employer Roundtable which enables the organization to participate in partner-exclusive events.

“I congratulate 3M on being named the first honoree of this award,” Todd said. “With the innovations they demonstrate and their desire for continual education, their engagement in the roundtable will enhance this impressive learning community.”

3M is excited to participate in the roundtable, said Ann Getting, plant manager of 3M.

“The 3M Cynthiana leadership team expects to learn innovative practices from other leading companies in Kentucky, and the opportunity to interface with the UK iwin team members, special guest experts and other business leaders will be very valuable in helping our manufacturing team learn new and better ways to improve our work environment.”

The Innovative Employer Roundtable Steering Committee selected 3M as the honoree after reviewing 15 organizations and interviewing three finalists. The first scholarship is effective this month and will last for one year, which will include attendance at the May and October roundtable meetings. Subsequent scholarships will be offered each year in May and are open for any Kentucky organization to apply beginning in November.

For more information, contact Lee Ann Walton at leeannwalton@uky.edu or 1-859-323-0582.

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