A Minnesota-based company has announced plans to expand operations in northeast Indiana. The Indiana Economic Development Corp. says Ecolab, which manufactures soaps, sanitizers and cleaners will invest $4.5 million in new equipment at its Huntington plant. The addition will support a new product line and create a small number of manufacturing and plant logistics jobs.
Ecolab expects the equipment upgrade to be operational this month. The company employs 535 workers in Indiana, including more than 100 full-time positions at the 150,000-square-foot Huntington plant. The expansion will create six jobs that are expected to pay above the county average wage.
"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, plant manager for Ecolab. "We’re proud to be a member of this community and look forward to our continued growth and success in Huntington."
Ecolab is also planning to optimize water use at the Huntington plant by improving its line cleaning process. In addition to the manufacturing facility, Ecolab also has a regional health care distribution center 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.