About Ecolab Inc.

Ecolab cleans up by cleaning up. The company offers cleaning, sanitation, pest-elimination, and maintenance products and services to the energy, healthcare, hospitality, and industrial sectors, among others. 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, healthcare, 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.


Ecolab 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 three operating segments: Global Industrial (consisting of the Global Water, Global Food & Beverage, Global Paper, and Global Textile Care operating units); Global Institutional (Global Institutional, Global Specialty, and Global Healthcare operating units); and Global Energy (operating under the Nalco Champion name).

The Global Industrial segment (accounting for some 35% of sales) provides water treatment and cleaning and sanitizing services to large industrial clients in the chemical, commercial laundry, food, manufacturing, and paper industries. Global Institutional also generates around 35% of sales; and Global Energy around 25%.

Geographic Reach

St. Paul, Minnesota-based Ecolab operates in more than 170 countries. Outside the US, its largest operations are in Europe, the Asia/Pacific region, and Latin America. Smaller operations are in Canada, Africa, and the Middle East.

The US accounts for more than 50% of the company's total revenue. Europe accounts for nearly 20%, the Asia/Pacific region around 15%; Latin America less than 10%, the Middle East and Africa 5%, and Canada 5%.

The company directly operates in some 100 countries outside 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 the last decade (2008-17), Ecolab's revenue has fluctuated significantly, from a low of $6 billion (2009) to a high of $14.3 billion (2014), with an average revenue just above $10 billion a year. Company profits, however, have had a strong upward trajectory. From posting $448 million in profits in 2009, it has grown some 240% to $1.5 billion in 2017, its highest in a decade.

Revenue in 2017 was $13.8 billion, more than 5% growth from the year prior. Sales increased due to a combination of increases in volumes, pricing and additional revenue flow from acquisitions.

Net income increased more than 20% since 2016, to $1.5 billion, thanks to a $4 million in net gains from special charges likes restructuring activities and acquisition costs (compared to $450 million in charges in 2015-16 period combined), as well as some $200 million reduction in income tax provisions from the year prior.

Cash holdings reduced from $327 million in 2016 to $211 million in 2017. Operating activities provided $2.9 billion. By contrast, Investment activities used up $1.6 billion (mostly in acquisition of $990 million and CAPEX of $790 million); a further $523 million was utilized by investment activities, mainly in long-term debt payments and share repurchases.


Ecolab 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 July 2016 it acquired a minority stake in a water treatment company, and in February 2017 it acquired a French hygiene and disinfectant product maker.

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.

Ecolab's 2020 growth strategy rests on integrating digital into its back end and products and positioning the company as a desirable destination for talent. To do so, Ecolab is clarifying its story, offering diverse career paths, and promoting learning via performance management, career framework, and formal learning.

However, the company's Energy Business segment remains volatile despite a $100 million increase in revenue in the 2016-17 period. Moreover, with a possible trade war looming in the global markets, Ecolab may suffer from higher raw material costs needed for its products that include an array of organic and inorganic chemicals.

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.

Also in 2017, the company acquired Abednego Environmental Services a Novi, Michigan-based provider of water solutions for automotive customers. The acquisition adds to the suite of products and services Ecolab provides to automobile manufacturers to re-cycle water, reduce energy usage and reduce waste.

In 2016 the company purchased certain assets of Keedak Limited, an oilfield chemical distributor in Nigeria. Ecolab also bought a 33% stake in Aquatech International, a water treatment solutions company.

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Ecolab Inc.

1 Ecolab Pl
Saint Paul, MN 55102-2739
Phone: 1 (800) 232-6522
Fax: 1 (651) 293-2471


  • Employer Type: Public
  • Stock Symbol: ECL
  • Stock Exchange: NYSE
  • Chairman and CEO: Douglas M. Baker
  • President and COO: Thomas W. Handley
  • CFO: Daniel J. Schmechel
  • 2017 Employees: 48,400

Major Office Locations

  • Saint Paul, MN

Other Locations

  • Anchorage, AK
  • Bay Minette, AL
  • Montgomery, AL
  • Little Rock, AR
  • Phoenix, AZ
  • Scottsdale, AZ
  • Bakersfield, CA
  • City Of Industry, CA
  • Colton, CA
  • Foster City, CA
  • Huntington Beach, CA
  • Los Alamitos, 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
  • Jacksonville, FL
  • Miami, FL
  • Miramar, FL
  • Oakland Park, FL
  • Orlando, FL
  • Palm Beach Gardens, FL
  • Palm City, FL
  • Pinellas Park, FL
  • Wesley Chapel, FL
  • Mcdonough, GA
  • Wailuku, HI
  • Cedar Rapids, IA
  • Coeur D Alene, ID
  • Chatham, IL
  • Chicago, IL
  • East Saint Louis, IL
  • Elk Grove Village, IL
  • Joliet, IL
  • Mount Carmel, IL
  • Mount Vernon, IL
  • Naperville, IL
  • Palos Heights, IL
  • Roscoe, IL
  • Salem, IL
  • Carmel, IN
  • Chesterton, IN
  • Fishers, IN
  • Huntington, IN
  • Plainfield, IN
  • Portage, IN
  • Warren, IN
  • El Dorado, KS
  • Hays, KS
  • 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
  • Columbus, MS
  • 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
  • Aztec, NM
  • Hobbs, NM
  • Las Vegas, NV
  • Auburn, NY
  • Cheektowaga, NY
  • Glens Falls, NY
  • Hicksville, 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
  • Monaca, PA
  • Philadelphia, PA
  • Pittsburgh, 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
  • Grapevine, TX
  • Haltom City, TX
  • Houston, TX
  • Kilgore, TX
  • Midland, TX
  • Odessa, TX
  • Pearland, 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
  • 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
  • Mississauga, Canada
  • 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
  • Toronto, Canada
  • Wainwright, Canada
  • Beijing, China
  • Guangzhou, China
  • Qingdao, China
  • Shanghai, China
  • Shenyang, China
  • Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
  • Kwun Tong, Hong Kong
  • Agrate Brianza, Italy
  • Copiano, Italy
  • Lucca, Italy
  • Milano, Italy
  • Montebelluna, Italy
  • Nichelino, Italy
  • Priolo Gargallo, Italy
  • Rovigo, Italy
  • Rozzano, Italy
  • Taranto, Italy
  • Vimercate, Italy
  • Cherepovets, Russia
  • Lipetsk, Russia
  • Seoul, South Korea
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