| New York Stock Exchange: ECL
Ecolab, Inc. provides water, hygiene and energy technologies and services which provides and protects clean water, safe food, abundant energy and healthy environments. It develops and markets premium programs, products and services for the hospitality, foodservice, healthcare, industrial and energy markets. The company's technologies, chemicals and services are also used in water treatment, pollution control, energy conservation, oil production and refining, steelmaking, papermaking, mining, and other industrial processes. It operates through six reportable segments: U.S. Cleaning and Sanitizing, U.S. Other Services, International Cleaning, Sanitizing and Other Services, Global Water, Global Paper and Global Energy. The U.S. Cleaning and Sanitizing segment is comprised of five operating units which provide cleaning and sanitizing products and programs to U.S. markets. Its operating units include: Institutional, Food and Beverage, Kay, Healthcare and Textile Care. The Institutional division sells specialized cleaners and sanitizers for washing dishes, glassware, flatware, foodservice utensils and kitchen equipment, for on premise laundries and for general housekeeping functions, as well as food safety products and equipment, water filters, dishwasher racks and related kitchen sundries to the foodservice, lodging, educational and healthcare industries. The Food and Beverage division addresses cleaning and sanitation at the beginning of the food chain to facilitate the processing of products for human consumption. The Kay business unit supplies cleaning and sanitizing chemical products and related items primarily to regional, national and international quick service restaurant chains and to regional and national food retailers. The Healthcare division provides infection prevention and other healthcare related offerings to acute care hospitals, surgery centers, dental offices and veterinary clinics. The Textile Care division provides products and services that manage the entire wash process through custom-designed programs, premium products, dispensing equipment, water and energy management, and real-time data management for large-scale, complex commercial operations including uniform rental, hospitality, linen rental and healthcare laundries. The U.S. Other Services segment is comprised of two operating units: Pest Elimination and Equipment Care. The Pest Elimination division provides services designed to detect, eliminate and prevent pests, such as rodents and insects, in restaurants, food and beverage processors, educational and healthcare facilities, hotels, quick service restaurant and grocery operations and other institutional and commercial customers. The Equipment Care division provides equipment repair, maintenance and preventive maintenance services for the commercial food service industry. The International Cleaning, Sanitizing & Other Services segment directly operates in countries outside of the U.S. through wholly-owned subsidiaries, in the case of Venezuela, through a joint venture with a local partner. The Global Water segment serves customers across industrial and institutional markets, with the exception of the pulp and paper industry which is serviced by its global paper business and the energy industries which are served by the global energy business. The Global Paper segment provides water and process applications for the pulp and paper industries. The Global Energy segment provides on-site, technology-driven solutions to the global drilling, oil and gas production, refining, and petrochemical industries. Ecolab was founded by Merritt J. Osborn in 1923 and is headquartered in St. Paul, MN.