Ecolab cleans up by cleaning up. The company offers cleaning, sanitation, pest-elimination, and maintenance products and services to energy, healthcare, hospitality, industrial, and other customers. Its cleaning and sanitizing operations serve hotels, schools, commercial and institutional laundries and quick-service restaurants. Other units focus on products for textile care, water care, health care, food and beverage processing, and pest control. It also makes chemicals used in water treatment for industrial processes, including in the paper and energy industries. The company is expanding its services to the offshore and international energy market.


The company provides cleaning and sanitizing programs and products, equipment repair, and pest elimination for markets such as food service, food and beverage processing, chemical processing, oil and gas production, healthcare, government and education, and textile care. Ecolab's chemicals and services are used in water treatment, pollution control, oil and gas, steelmaking, papermaking, mining, and other industrial processes. It is also one of the top suppliers of chemical dishwashing products to institutions in the US.

Ecolab has four operating segments: Global Industrial (Global Water, Global Food & Beverage, Global Paper, and Global Textile Care operating units); Global Institutional (Global Institutional, Global Specialty, and Global Healthcare operating units); Global Energy (operating under the Nalco Champion name); and Other (Global Pest Elimination and Equipment Care operating units).

The Global Industrial segment (35% of sales in 2015) provides water treatment and cleaning and sanitizing services to large industrial clients in the chemical, commercial laundry, food, manufacturing, and paper industries. Global Institutional generated 32%; Global Energy, 27%; and Other, 6%.

Geographic Reach

Ecolab operates in more than 170 countries. Its largest international operations are in Europe, Asia/Pacific, Latin America, and Canada. Smaller operations are in Africa and the Middle East.

The US accounted for 52% of the company's total revenues in 2015; Europe, 18%; Asia-Pacific, 12%; Latin America, 8%: the Middle East and Africa, 5%, and Canada 5%.

The company directly operates in 90 countries outside of the US through wholly-owned subsidiaries or, in some cases, through a joint venture with a local partner.

Sales and Marketing

The company serves customers in a range of segments including Buildings and Facilities, Chemical Processing, Education, Facility Care, Food and Beverage Processing, Food Retail, Foodservice, Government, Healthcare, Lodging, and Oil and Gas.

Selected Ecolab's products are sold to distributors, agents, or licensees. Deliveries to customers are made from manufacturing plants and a network of distribution centers and third-party logistics service providers, using common carriers, Ecolab's own delivery vehicles, and distributors' vehicles.

Financial Performance

In 2015 the company's net revenues decreased by 5% due to lower Global Energy segment sales (other segments increased during the year).

Fixed currency sales for Global Energy segment were negatively impacted by volume reductions and lower pricing primarily reflecting significant reductions in well stimulation business and slightly lower sales in production business. These more than offset growth in downstream business. Continued growth in international regions was offset by soft North America results, reflecting the reduction in North America drilling and well completion activity, customer spending, and price reductions.

Ecolab's net income decreased by 17% due to lower net net sales.

In 2015 cash from operating activities increased by 10% due to Venezuela charges and changes in accounts receivable, inventories, and accounts payable.


The company grows through acquisitions. The company's global reach and expanded line of products and services will enable it to provide total water processing management to food and beverage, hospitality, and laundry customers worldwide. It continues to target key acquisitions to complement its businesses and to focus on key growth areas. In 2015 it made five acquisitions for companies with combined revenues of $305 million.

Ecolab's strategy for growth also includes investing organically in its businesses, including equipment used by customers to dispense its cleaning and sanitizing products, as well as in process control and monitoring equipment.

In addition, the company also aligned itself by divesting non-core businesses. In 2015 it sold an immaterial business in Europe that was part of the company's Global Energy segment and sold a portion of its Ecovation business.

In 2014 Ecolab opened a new manufacturing plant on Jurong Island, Singapore. The new 106,000-square-meter site will supply chemistry products for oil and gas companies in the Eastern Hemisphere and support continued growth for Nalco Champion.

That year the company introduced a new hand sanitizer dispenser (Nexa) and launched the 3D TRASAR Solid Cooling Water Program, which monitors building cooling water systems.

Mergers and Acquisitions

In 2017 Ecolab acquired Laboratoires Anios from co-owners Bertrand and Thierry Letartre and private investment company Ardian for about $800 million. Anios is a European manufacturer and marketer of hygiene and disinfection products for the healthcare, food service, and food and beverage processing industries. Based in Lille, France, Anios has a presence in more than 85 countries. Anios' innovative product line expands the solutions Ecolab can offer while also providing a complementary geographic footprint.

In 2016 the company purchased certain assets of Keedak Limited, an oilfield chemical distributor in Nigeria.

In 2015 the company acquired the US operations of Swisher Hygiene, expanding its Institutional customer base and service coverage. It also acquired the assets and operations of Ultra Fab Industries, a privately held company based in Calgary, Canada, that designs and manufactures customized solutions and specialized chemical injection systems for the oil and gas industry. This $115 million acquisition broadened Nalco Champion's offerings and market opportunity. Earlier that year, it acquired Jianghai Environmental Protection Co. Ltd., ($190 million) which increased Ecolab's total water business in China by 50%, significantly strengthening long-term growth opportunities in the water-stressed country.

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1 Ecolab Pl
Saint Paul, MN 55102-2739
Phone: 1 (800) 232-6522
Fax: 1 (651) 225-3080


  • Employer Type: Public
  • Stock Symbol: ECL
  • Stock Exchange: NYSE
  • Chairman and CEO: Douglas M. Baker
  • President and COO: Thomas W. Handley
  • EVP; President, Global Services and Specialty: Roberto D. Mendez
  • 2016 Employees: 47,565

Major Office Locations

  • Saint Paul, MN

Other Locations

  • Anchorage, AK
  • Bay Minette, AL
  • Bessemer, AL
  • Montgomery, AL
  • Little Rock, AR
  • Phoenix, AZ
  • Scottsdale, AZ
  • Bakersfield, CA
  • City Of Industry, CA
  • Colton, CA
  • Foster City, CA
  • Huntington Beach, CA
  • Martinez, CA
  • Oakland, CA
  • Richmond, CA
  • San Ramon, CA
  • Trona, CA
  • Westlake Village, CA
  • Arvada, CO
  • Denver, CO
  • Rifle, CO
  • New Britain, CT
  • South Windsor, CT
  • Windsor Locks, CT
  • New Castle, DE
  • Davie, FL
  • Miami, FL
  • Miramar, FL
  • Orlando, FL
  • Palm Beach Gardens, FL
  • Palm City, FL
  • Wesley Chapel, FL
  • Mcdonough, GA
  • Wailuku, HI
  • Cedar Rapids, IA
  • Coeur D Alene, ID
  • Chatham, IL
  • Chicago, IL
  • Elk Grove Village, IL
  • Joliet, IL
  • Mount Carmel, IL
  • Mount Vernon, IL
  • Naperville, IL
  • Palos Heights, IL
  • Roscoe, IL
  • Salem, IL
  • South Beloit, IL
  • Carmel, IN
  • Chesterton, IN
  • Fishers, IN
  • Huntington, IN
  • Plainfield, IN
  • Portage, IN
  • Warren, IN
  • El Dorado, KS
  • Hays, KS
  • Natoma, KS
  • Louisville, KY
  • Paducah, KY
  • Paris, KY
  • Baton Rouge, LA
  • Broussard, LA
  • Frierson, LA
  • Garyville, LA
  • Lafayette, LA
  • Metairie, LA
  • New Orleans, LA
  • Scott, LA
  • Zachary, LA
  • Northborough, MA
  • Norwood, MA
  • Wilmington, MA
  • Frederick, MD
  • Novi, MI
  • Duluth, MN
  • Eagan, MN
  • Minnetonka, MN
  • Plymouth, MN
  • Rogers, MN
  • Columbia, MO
  • Ozark, MO
  • Saint Louis, MO
  • Wildwood, MO
  • Laurel, MS
  • Richland, MS
  • Sidney, MT
  • Belmont, NC
  • Charlotte, NC
  • Greensboro, NC
  • Winston Salem, NC
  • Dickinson, ND
  • Williston, ND
  • Lincoln, NE
  • Clinton, NJ
  • Moorestown, NJ
  • Red Bank, NJ
  • Aztec, NM
  • Hobbs, NM
  • Las Vegas, NV
  • Auburn, NY
  • Cheektowaga, NY
  • Glens Falls, NY
  • New York, NY
  • Saratoga Springs, NY
  • Lebanon, OH
  • Louisville, OH
  • Elk City, OK
  • Healdton, OK
  • Oklahoma City, OK
  • Tulsa, OK
  • Weatherford, OK
  • Camp Hill, PA
  • Ellwood City, PA
  • Exton, PA
  • Monaca, PA
  • Philadelphia, PA
  • Pittsburgh, PA
  • Upper Chichester, PA
  • Edgefield, SC
  • Mount Pleasant, SC
  • Franklin, TN
  • Kingsport, TN
  • Old Hickory, TN
  • Beaumont, TX
  • Corpus Christi, TX
  • Denver City, TX
  • Fresno, TX
  • Garland, TX
  • Grand Prairie, TX
  • Grapevine, TX
  • Haltom City, TX
  • Houston, TX
  • Kilgore, TX
  • Midland, TX
  • Odessa, TX
  • Pflugerville, TX
  • San Antonio, TX
  • Sugar Land, TX
  • Texarkana, TX
  • Tyler, TX
  • Draper, UT
  • Vernal, UT
  • Bristol, VA
  • Chesterfield, VA
  • Spokane, WA
  • Tacoma, WA
  • Vancouver, WA
  • Neenah, WI
  • Wausau, WI
  • Charleston, WV
  • Martinsburg, WV
  • Casper, WY
  • Thermopolis, WY
  • Nassau, Bahamas
  • Brussel, Belgium
  • Dilbeek, Belgium
  • Tessenderlo, Belgium
  • Bonnyville, Canada
  • Brooks, Canada
  • Burlington, Canada
  • Calgary, Canada
  • Cornwall, Canada
  • Delta, Canada
  • Drayton Valley, Canada
  • Edson, Canada
  • Estevan, Canada
  • Fort Mcmurray, Canada
  • Fort Nelson, Canada
  • Fort St. John, Canada
  • Grande Prairie, Canada
  • Kindersley, Canada
  • Kitchener, Canada
  • Leduc, Canada
  • Lloydminster, Canada
  • Longueuil, Canada
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  • Moncton, Canada
  • Montréal, Canada
  • Nisku, Canada
  • Peace River, Canada
  • Prince George, Canada
  • Provost, Canada
  • Québec, Canada
  • Red Deer County, Canada
  • Redcliff, Canada
  • Rocky View County, Canada
  • Sarnia, Canada
  • Saskatoon, Canada
  • Shaunavon, Canada
  • Sherwood Park, Canada
  • Taber, Canada
  • Wainwright, Canada
  • Beijing, China
  • Guangzhou, China
  • Qingdao, China
  • Shanghai, China
  • Aubagne, France
  • Sainghin En Melantois, France
  • Kwun Tong, Hong Kong
  • Bhubaneshwar, India
  • Chennai, India
  • Hooghly, India
  • Jamshedpur, India
  • Kolkata, India
  • New Delhi, India
  • Neyveli, India
  • Noida, India
  • Pune, India
  • Vadodara, India
  • Agrate Brianza, Italy
  • Copiano, Italy
  • Lucca, Italy
  • Milano, Italy
  • Montebelluna, Italy
  • Nichelino, Italy
  • Priolo Gargallo, Italy
  • Rovigo, Italy
  • Rozzano, Italy
  • Taranto, Italy
  • Vimercate, Italy
  • Naucalpan, Mexico
  • Seoul, South Korea
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