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3M has lots of great products that compete effectively against a wide variety of competitors. David thinks the company's innovation is what provides it with an edge. In fact, 3M was so good in this area that it was held up as a model to emulate when David worked as an engineer at General Electric. Ultimately, 3M's terrific culture of innovation will lead to outperformance over the long term.

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