COMMITMENT TO INNOVATION
New research center will help Ecolab meet food safety
You’d be hard
pressed to find a food manufacturing facility or foodservice outlet these
days without the Ecolab brand on its sanitation equipment. That visibility
is bound to grow now that the company has opened its new
200,000-square-foot Global Research and Development Center.
The world’s leading provider of food safety
products and services, Ecolab opened the center late last year on its new
Allan L. Schuman Campus in Eagan, Minn., near its St. Paul corporate
headquarters. The center will accommodate Ecolab’s growing research
and development operations that support its cleaning, sanitizing, pest
elimination, maintenance and repair products and services for the
hospitality, foodservice and industrial markets.
“I am proud to celebrate the new home for our
research and development activities,” said Doug Baker, president and
chief executive officer of the $4.2 billion company. “Ecolab has led
the way in customer-focused solutions that make all of our lives easier,
safer and more protected. With this expansion, we are well positioned to
continue our leadership and innovation well into the future.”
As the world’s attention continues to turn
toward issues of food safety and security, Ecolab is well poised to
continue its work toward prevention of foodborne illnesses, pest
infestations and other threats. For example, Ecolab has been proactive in
its efforts to assist processors with their concerns over avian flu.
To that end, Ecolab has been awarded more than 4,000
patents worldwide for innovations in areas like packaging, dispensing and
clean-in-place systems for food and beverage processing plants.
“It is inspiring to operate within a world-class
facility that reflects the commitment that Ecolab has to research,
development and engineering. We are dedicated to continue that track record
of breakthrough innovations,” said Susan Nestegard, chief technical
officer and senior vice president of R&D and engineering. “This
facility also allows us to continue to attract and retain the world-class
talent we require to further our efforts as the industry leader in product
and systems development.”
For more information, visit www.ecolab.com.
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