Ecolab acquires Kansas-based water care company

Ecolab Inc. announced it has acquired Midland Research Laboratories Inc., a Lenexa, Kan.-based provider of water treatment products, process chemicals and services serving the commercial, institutional, industrial, food and sugar processing markets. Midland has sales of about $16 million...

ST. PAUL, MN, Jan. 4, 2005 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- Ecolab Inc. announced it has acquired Midland Research Laboratories Inc., a Lenexa, Kan.-based provider of water treatment products, process chemicals and services serving the commercial, institutional, industrial, food and sugar processing markets. Midland has sales of about $16 million. No other details were announced.

Commenting on the acquisition, Douglas M. Baker, Ecolab's President and Chief Executive Officer, stated, "This acquisition reflects Ecolab's ongoing interest in water care products and services to the middle market, focusing on customers in our existing core markets including hospitality, healthcare and food and beverage processing."

About Ecolab
With 2003 sales of $3.8 billion, Ecolab (www.ecolab.com) is the leading global developer and marketer of premium cleaning, sanitizing, pest elimination, maintenance and repair products for the hospitality, food service, institutional and industrial markets.

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