| 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 four reportable segments: Global Industrial, Global Institutional, and Global Energy and Other. The Global Industrial segment provides water treatment and process applications, and cleaning and sanitizing solutions primarily to large industrial customers within the manufacturing, food and beverage processing, chemical, mining and primary metals, power generation, pulp and paper, and commercial laundry industries. Operating units within the Global Industrial reportable segment include Global Water, Global Food & Beverage, Global Paper and Global Textile Care. The Global Institutional segment provides specialized cleaning and sanitizing products to the foodservice, hospitality, lodging, healthcare, government, education and retail industries. Operating units within the Global Institutional segment include Global Institutional, Global Specialty and Global Healthcare. The Global Energy segment serves the process chemicals and water treatment needs of the global petroleum and petrochemical industries in both upstream and downstream applications. Global Energy is divided into an Upstream group composed of the Wellchem and oilfield chemicals businesses, and a Downstream group comprising the refinery and petrochemical processing businesses. The Other segment provides pest elimination and kitchen repair and maintenance through the Global Pest Elimination and Equipment Care operating units. Ecolab was founded by Merritt J. Osborn in 1923 and is headquartered in St. Paul, MN.