I am excited to be on hand today Friday, February 4th as 3M celebrates laying the 1,000th mile of their new high-voltage overhead electricity conductor. The cable, which has been recognized by R&D Magazine with an R&D 100 Award as a technologically significant product, is manufactured at 3M’s facility in Menomonie. The plant employs over 640 workers.
The new cable enables the upgrade of lines in areas with environmental or aesthetic barriers, including lines over bodies of water, on public lands, and in heavily populated urban areas. The new lines have up to two or more times the current-carrying capacity than standard conductors.
The innovation being celebrated by this local business is a great example of what fuels our state’s economy, and keeps Wisconsin working.