Ecolab Acquires Online Training Provider Lobster Ink

Acquisition significantly expands Ecolab’s customer training

ST. PAUL, Minn.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Ecolab Inc., the global leader in water, hygiene and energy technologies
and services, has acquired Lobster Ink, a leading provider of end-to-end
online customer training solutions. Lobster
is a privately held company based in Geneva with core
competencies in applied learning science, high-quality training content
curation and the delivery of learning experiences through their software
as a service (SaaS) platform to successfully meet the unique training
needs of hospitality and foodservice companies in 130 countries
globally. Sales were approximately $24 million in 2018.

Addressing customers’ growing need for effective training, this
acquisition combines Lobster Ink’s innovative customer training
capabilities and digital platform with Ecolab’s expertise in food
safety, hygiene, water management and public and planet health.

“Training is a cornerstone of Ecolab’s operating model. This acquisition
strengthens the training opportunities and learning experiences we
offer, adding options including online learning content that can be
accessed by customers at any time on any connected handheld device to
help ensure proper hygiene, food safety procedures and other critical
processes are followed,” said Chief Operating Officer Tom Handley. “It
is an example of our continued investment in innovations to solve
customer challenges through science, service, digital-driven training
and solutions.”

About Ecolab

A trusted partner at nearly three million customer locations, Ecolab
(ECL) is the global leader in water, hygiene and energy technologies and
services that protect people and vital resources. With annual sales of
$14 billion and 48,000 associates, Ecolab delivers comprehensive
solutions, data-driven insights and on-site service to promote safe
food, maintain clean environments, optimize water and energy use, and
improve operational efficiencies for customers in the food, healthcare,
energy, hospitality and industrial markets in more than 170 countries
around the world.

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