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What Did They Do?

 
 
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By McGhiever, June 28, 2019
1. What Did They Do? marker
Inscription.  3M constantly improved its machinery and technology to develop, produce, and sell its products. Nonetheless, it was dependent on its people to get the job done. Some of these jobs no longer exist or have been completely automated.

Mineral Department Stockman
Emil Anderson transferred various types of abrasive mineral from large bins to smaller storage bags. He then labeled the bags by type of mineral and grit size. Accuracy during the process was crucial to making uniform abrasives.

Winderman
John Rosner worked on the No. 1 Maker, the machinery for making large rolls of tape and abrasives. The material had to be wound uniformly as part of the quality control process.

Catcher-Packer
Jeannette Olson worked in the abrasives converting, ream cutting department. Large machines cut the abrasives, but Jeannette and her colleagues took the sheets in piles of 50 from a conveyor belt and jiggled them so they could be placed in packing sleeves. This job was also part of the quality control process.

Kardex Clerk
Ruth Perkovic recorded and maintained inventory files in this card system so that
Marker at the northeast corner of Forest and Wells Streets image. Click for full size.
By McGhiever, June 28, 2019
2. Marker at the northeast corner of Forest and Wells Streets
the amount and types of 3M products could be tracked in company warehouses. The system helped to control production, stocking, and custom orders.

Tabulating Machine Operator
Scott Thiele used an IBM tabulating machine in the customer analysis department. Customer data for each sales territory was entered into punch cards which were run through the tabulating machine. The resultant reports provided statistical information for various company departments and operations.
 
Location. 44° 58.065′ N, 93° 3.644′ W. Marker is in Saint Paul, Minnesota, in Ramsey County. Marker is at the intersection of Wells Street and Forest Street N., on the right when traveling west on Wells Street. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Saint Paul MN 55106, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Northern Pacific Railway Warehouse (approx. 1.7 miles away); Phalen Regional Park Waterfall (approx. 1.7 miles away); Saint Paul Rubber Company (approx. 1.7 miles away); Hackett Block (approx. 1.8 miles away); Welcome to Union Depot Station (approx. 1.8 miles away); Union Depot (approx. 1.9 miles away); Lambert's Landing (approx. 1.9 miles away); Destination Lake Phalen (approx. 1.9 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Saint Paul.
 
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. (Submitted on July 19, 2019, by McGhiever of St Paul, Minnesota.)
 
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