3M is a global leader in technology, innovation and research producing inventive products that have improved people's lives for over 100 years. 3M is the science, the exhaustive testing and the entrepreneurial spirit behind trusted brands like Post-It®, Scotch™, Thinsulate™, Nexcare™ and many more. Unitek is 3M’s orthodontics products division. The Unitek plant has operated in the Irwindale-Monrovia community for over 50 years and has been under 3M ownership since 1987 and has over 500 employees. 3M Unitek is recognized for several premier orthodontic product lines such as SmartClip™ SL3 that feature a unique brace design that eliminates the need for tiny elastic bands, Clarity™ SL sculpted and completely clear ceramic braces, and Incognito™ Hidden Braces which are placed behind the teeth and completely hidden from view.
3M was recognized with the 2013 United Way Spirit of America® award for philanthropy, volunteer engagement and community impact. Last year, 3M raised $8.6 million for 135 communities nationwide through its “Every One Counts. Live United” United Way campaign, plus employees volunteered 200,000 total hours. In 2012, 3M Unitek contributed over 200 hours of volunteer work within the local community through Habitat of Humanity, Back to School, and Shoes that Fit programs. 3M Unitek was also instrumental in securing a $32,000 eco-grant for the San Gabriel Mountains Regional Conservancy to enhance outreach and education programs available to school groups and families visiting the Santa Fe Dam Recreation Area and Nature Center.
Chamber of Commerce Activity
3M Unitek has been a member of the Irwindale Chamber of Commerce for several years and it is particularly engaged with the Environmental Committee of the Chamber. 3M Unitek has been an active participant in the Environmental Committee activities from member meetings to special events such as facility ‘green’ tours, speaking engagements on environmental and sustainability topics, annual e-waste recycling event and environmental award ceremony. In 2013, the Environmental Committee of the Irwindale Chamber of Commerce is chaired by Mr. Remus Baias of 3M Unitek Corporation.