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  • Rank
    23
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    21
  • Industry
    Medical Products and Equipment
  • Industry Rank
    2
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    1
  • HQ Country
    USA
  • Website
    www.3m.com

This eclectic manufacturer — 3M makes Post-it Notes, digital dental care equipment, and road safety products, to name just a few things — is lavishing shareholders with a 35-percent bump in dividends this quarter, which makes for 56 years straight of annual increases. To keep the good ideas flowing, the company plans to spend up to $10 billion on acquisitions through 2017, though the right opportunity could tempt CEO Inge Thulin to go even higher. Meanwhile, 3M is working toward a set of 2015 sustainability goals, including reducing air emissions by 15 percent and developing water conservation plans.

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