HUNTINGTON — Ecolab Inc. (NYSE: ECL), a global leader in water, hygiene and infection prevention solutions and services, announced plans today to expand its operations in Huntington, creating up to 24 new jobs by the end of 2022.

“With the state’s pro-growth business environment, skilled talent pipeline and strong manufacturing sector, Indiana offers global companies like Ecolab the perfect location to increase its footprint,” Indiana Secretary of Commerce Jim Schellinger said in the announcement. “We’re excited Ecolab is continuing to fuel its growth in the Hoosier state, enhancing its manufacturing and distribution operations and creating quality career opportunities in northeast Indiana.”

The St. Paul, Minnesota-based company will invest more than $9 million to expand its operations in Huntington, installing new equipment at its 150,000-square-foot manufacturing facility at 970 E. Tipton St. and increasing warehouse space at its 132,000-square-foot distribution center at 68 Commercial Road. These upgrades, which are expected to be completed in 2021, will enable Ecolab to meet increased demand for its hand soaps and sanitizers during the COVID-19 pandemic and in the future as its customers maintain safe, clean and healthy operations for consumers, according to the announcement.

To support its growth, Ecolab, which employs more than 100 across both locations in Huntington, is hiring for positions in supply chain, distribution, production and R&D. Interested applicants can apply online.

With more than 45,000 workers worldwide, Ecolab offers comprehensive solutions, data-driven insights and on-site services to advance food safety, maintain clean and safe environments, optimize water and energy use, and improve operational efficiencies and sustainability. In 1996, the company acquired Huntington Laboratories, which was founded in 1919 as Huntington Chemical Company, and launched its distribution center in 2016. Ecolab’s Huntington operations produce soaps and sanitizers for use in health care facilities, supermarkets, restaurants and other locations.

The Indiana Economic Development Corp. offered Ecolab up to $160,000 in conditional tax credits based on the company’s job creation plans. These tax credits are performance-based, meaning the company is eligible to claim incentives once Hoosiers are hired. The city of Huntington will offer additional incentives at the request of the Huntington County Economic Development.
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