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370 N. Wabash St.
St. Paul, MN 55102
Employees: 45,000
CEO: Douglas Baker
Stock Symbol: ECL


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Ecolab is the global leader in water, hygiene and energy technologies and services. Around the world, businesses choose Ecolab products and services to keep their environments clean and safe, operate efficiently and achieve sustainability goals.

Ecolab delivers comprehensive solutions and on-site service to promote safe food, maintain clean environments, optimize water and energy use and improve operational efficiencies for customers in the food, healthcare, energy, hospitality and industrial markets in more than 170 countries around the world.

For 2013, Ecolab reported $13.2 billion in revenues, a 12% increase, and net income of $967.8 million.

Ecolab has been issued more than 4,000 patents worldwide, including the industry's first patents for solid warewashing detergent, clean-in-place technology for beverage and food processing, and a no-rinse enzyme-based floor cleaner for grease removal in foodservice operations.


Ecolab was founded in 1923 by Merritt J. Osborn developed a new product, Absorbit, which cleaned carpets on the spot and eliminated the need for hotels to shut down while their carpets were being cleaned. He called his new company Economics Laboratory (EL), reflecting its mission to save customers time, labor and money with "economic" solutions developed through "laboratory" research.

The company bought Nalco, a water treatment company, for $5.4 billion in 2011.

Ecolab bought Champion Technologies in 2013, a maker of specialty chemicals for the oil and gas industry, for $2.3 billion.


Ecolab offers a competitive compensation package that rewards the ability to successfully meet your goals. It includes medical, dental, 401(k) savings plan with company match, life insurance, employee stock purchase plan, short and long-term disability plans, Ecolab Pension Plan, and more!

We support work/life balance and continuing education through employee assistance resources, an educational reimbursement program, vacation/holiday paid days off, a dependent scholarship program, and reimbursement account programs.

Updated February 22, 2014