A St. Paul-based company that provides water, hygiene and energy technologies and services to food, hospitality, health care, industrial and oil and gas markets.

May 3, 2016
Ecolab's first-quarter profit beat investors' expectations as it grew margins in most parts of its business.

Ecolab suffered first-quarter sales and profit declines but still beat Wall Street's profit expectations

Ecolab Inc. beat profit expectations but saw first-quarter sales and profits dip as oil chemical sales fell and negative currency exchanges pinched results, company officials…
March 23, 2016

Ecolab predicts up to 120 layoffs after Swisher Hygiene purchase

St. Paul based Ecolab will pay $40 million for U.S. operations of Swisher Hygiene this spring and plans to cut 120 Swisher jobs nationwide before year end.
March 21, 2016

CEO Pay Watch: Overall compensation for Ecolab's Douglas Baker fell by half in 2015

PaywatchDOUGLAS BAKER JR. ECOLAB INC. CHAIRMAN AND CEOTotal compensation: $23,772,803 for the year ended Dec. 31, 2015Salary: $1,140,343Nonequity incentive pay: $0Other compensation:…
February 25, 2016
People wait in line to buy products at government regulated prices in Caracas, Venezuela, Friday, Feb. 19, 2016. No one can really know without being

Schafer: Ecolab the latest to alter operations in Venezuela

Ecolab’s announcement that it is “deconsolidating” its businesses in Venezuela might look like a creative accounting approach to get a bad business off the books.…
St. Paul real estate
April 17, 2015
Travelers’ north tower in St. Paul, with its pyramid-shaped top, is a prominent part of the St. Paul skyline — and it will soon be home to Ecolab.

Ecolab to buy Travelers tower in downtown St. Paul

The deal gives fast-growing Ecolab a bigger footprint and keeps Travelers in St. Paul's downtown core.
March 23, 2015

CEO Pay Watch: Douglas Baker Jr., Ecolab Inc.

CEO Pay Watch Ecolab Inc.Douglas Baker Jr., chairman, CEOTotal compensation: $47,308,112 for the year ended Dec. 31, 2014Salary: $1,103,277Non-equity incentive pay: $2,564,100Other compensation: $260,078Restricted…
March 9, 2015
Thrivent in downtown Minneapolis.

U.S. Bank, 3M, Ecolab, Thrivent named among 'most ethical' businesses

The group featured U.S. Bancorp, 3M, Ecolab and Thrivent Financial.
January 13, 2015

Ecolab signs deal, says it's going all-solar in Minnesota

Company reaches a deal with SunEdison to provide renewable energy for all of its Minnesota operations.
October 29, 2014
Ecolab's earnings growth continues to be shaped by its energy business.

Ecolab's profit again driven by surging energy business

Adjusted earnings up 16%, but sanitizer business grew tepidly.
October 9, 2014

Schafer: Breaking down Medtronic's tax move

One of the ironies of this season of tax inversions is that the big Minnesota company that seems hellbent on completing one already pays less…
August 21, 2014
3M N95 mask

Ecolab, 3M send medical supplies to West Africa

Cleansers, facemasks, surgical drapes and more are being sent to help doctors and aid workers fight the Ebola virus.
July 29, 2014

Ecolab posts record second-quarter results, boosts guidance

The industrial cleaning company's results were driven by 20 percent growth in its energy division.
April 29, 2014
Ecolab's first quarter results were driven by strong gains in sales to energy producers.

Ecolab meets 1Q earnings estimates

The division that provides supplies to energy producers saw first-quarter sales grow 78 percent.
March 21, 2014

CEO Pay Watch: Douglas Baker Jr., Ecolab Inc.

CEO Pay Watch Ecolab Inc.Douglas Baker Jr., chairman, CEOTotal compensation: $8,164,252 for the year ended Dec. 31Salary: $1,079,000Non-equity incentive pay: $2,534,600Other compensation: $210,935Value realized…
Ecolab results
February 22, 2014
Ecolab's foray into the energy services business has helped its financial performance. File photo.

Ecolab's fourth-quarter results boosted by energy-related growth

Ecolab's energy services business helps deliver solid quarter, though earnings missed analyst estimates by a penny.
February 14, 2014

Schafer: Cluster strategy could work with water

A collection of water technology businesses in the Twin Cities is here only because of serendipity and certainly not strategy, but economic development leaders in…
December 24, 2013
Architect’s rendering of the Nalco Champion facility in Sugar Land, Texas.

Ecolab's energy-­services headquarters will be built in Texas

The new building will house 1,000 energy services employees and consolidate energy-related operations in the Houston area.
October 30, 2013
Ecolab’s April purchase of Champion Technologies helped boost its gains in energy sales.

Energy products boost Ecolab's strong third-quarter results

The St. Paul company beat Wall Street projections, posting a 15 percent jump in total sales.
October 21, 2013
Despite government turmoil in Nigeria, Ecolab sees promise in oil pipeline work.

Oil gives Ecolab a new global frontier

Oil business expands firm's global frontier to some challenging places.
July 30, 2013
An employee from Champion Technologies, acquired by Ecolab in April, worked at a site in Oklahoma.

Ecolab posts strong results amid thriving Champion deal

Ecolab posts strong second quarter thanks to its acquisition of energy-services firm.
Executive Compensation Report
July 29, 2013

Minnesota CEO pay: Lots of options

Minnesota's top CEOs cashed in far more stock options in 2012 than they did the year before, boosting median total pay 2.6 percent.
June 1, 2013
Doug Baker is the CEO of Ecolab, one of Minnesota's largest companies that is about to complete the largest merger in its 88 year history, with the ac

Schafer: Big deals will be the exception for Ecolab

Plenty of corporate executives can turn into deal guys, their steps quickening as they chase a big acquisition. Confidential negotiations, meetings with boards and investment…
May 31, 2013

Ecolab to pay $29M settlement to pest exterminators

The class-action suit covers overtime for California pest exterminators for nearly five years.
May 13, 2013
Ecolab is counting on restaurant owners and chefs to quickly begin using its antimicrobe food wash in order to protect patrons from the dangers of sal

Ecolab introduces new antimicrobial wash for restaurant vegetables

The antimicrobial food wash is intended for restaurant use.
May 1, 2013

Ecolab posts positive first quarter

It also raised profit expectations for year, after Champion purchase.