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Ecolab plans long-term growth in Huntington

Posted: Friday, April 13, 2018

Submitted by Indiana Economic Development Corporation (IEDC)

Ecolab, a global provider of water, hygiene and energy technologies and services, announced plans recently to expand its operations, investing $4.5 million at its Huntington plant in northeast Indiana.

“Across the globe, Indiana’s reputation as a manufacturing powerhouse continues to be heard loud and clear,” said Indiana Secretary of Commerce Jim Schellinger. “By investing in new machinery at the Huntington plant, Ecolab can bring on a new product line, expanding its manufacturing presence and continuing to support good jobs in the community.”

The Minnesota-based company, which manufactures soaps, sanitizers and cleaners in Huntington, will invest in new equipment at its 150,000-square-foot facility at 970 E. Tipton Street. Ecolab will upgrade its production machinery, which is scheduled to be operational this month, enabling the company to phase in a new product line. Additionally, Ecolab plans to optimize water use at the plant by improving its line cleaning process.

Ecolab currently has 535 associates in Indiana, with more than 105 full-time Hoosier employees at its Huntington plant. To support new production and continued growth, the company plans to add six new jobs and is currently hiring for manufacturing and plant logistics positions. Average salaries for new positions are expected to be above the county average wage. Interested applicants can learn more at Ecolab’s career website.

“Huntington is a great location for our operations, and we value the support we’ve received from the city, county, Northeast Indiana Works and IEDC,” said Eric Bricker, Ecolab plant manager. “We’re proud to be a member of this community and look forward to our continued growth and success in Huntington.”

The IEDC has offered Ecolab up to $35,000 in training grants. Huntington County and the city of Huntington have offered additional incentives as well.

Founded in 1919, the plant was originally home to Huntington Laboratories, a manufacturer of sanitation cleaning products that Ecolab acquired in 1996. The products manufactured at the Huntington plant are used in hospitals, restaurants, retail and grocery stores, and other facilities throughout the world. Ecolab is committed to supporting the communities where it operates, and in 2017, provided more than $92,000 in funding for local programs and organizations in Huntington. In addition to its plant, Ecolab has a distribution center, employing 15 associates, at the industrial park on Commercial Road in Huntington.