Sales: $4.3 billion for industrial and institutional cleaning products. Corporate sales: $13.5 billion.
Key Personnel: Douglas M. Baker Jr., chairman and chief executive officer; Thomas W. Handley, president and chief operating officer; Larry L. Berger, executive vice president and chief technical officer; Alex N. Blanco, executive vice president and chief supply chain officer; Michael A. Hickey, executive vice president and president, global institutional.
Major Products: Cleaning and sanitizing products and services for the industrial and institutional markets.
New Products: Swisher Hygiene (acquisition).
Comments: Ecolab’s corporate sales fell 5% last year due to weakness in the energy sector, but the company said institutional cleaning sales rose 6%. Last fall, Ecolab acquired Swisher Hygiene for $40 million. Swisher provides cleaning and sanitizing products for the foodservice, hospitality, retail and healthcare markets.
This year, Ecolab moved its corporate offices to the 17-story former Travelers North Tower in downtown St. Paul. The move will consolidate employees from three buildings in St. Paul to a newer, more energy-efficient space.
For the first quarter of 2016, corporate sales fell 6% to just under $3.1 billion.