St. Paul, Minn.-based Ecolab is celebrating its centennial in 2023, and as part of its celebration, this spring it broke ground for a park on its headquarters.
The planned $2 million investment by the company and the Ecolab Foundation in a public-private partnership will convert a sidewalk and concrete plaza into a community green space.
The plans were announced at an employee and community event in Rice Park to celebrate the company’s 100th anniversary. Ecolab Chairman and CEO Christophe Beck and Mayor of Saint Paul Melvin Carter announced their support for the beautification of the area located among Ecolab Global Headquarters, the Landmark Center and the historic Hamm Building.
The majority of the 26,000-plus-square-foot area is owned and managed by multiple City of Saint Paul departments, with a small portion designated as Ecolab property. According to the news release, the parties are working together on a multi-stage proposal to transform the sidewalk and concrete plaza into an open, green area that supports their shared goals of a revitalized Downtown Saint Paul. Concepts for the reimagined space include planting trees and native landscaping, pedestrian benches and other natural features to encourage community gathering.
The first phase of the beautification project will be managed by Ecolab and will begin once city approvals are finalized. The initial construction will be managed by Ecolab, funded by the company and the Ecolab Foundation and is expected to take approximately three months. The City of Saint Paul and the Saint Paul Parks Conservancy will lead the project’s second phase, which includes the development and implementation of the park revitalization. Saint Paul residents are expected to be able to enjoy the completed project in early 2024.
Arkansas company celebrates 60 years
Mountain Home, Ark.-based Hopper Termite & Pest recently celebrated 60 years in business.
Since 1963, Hopper Termite & Pest has been providing the Springdale, Ark., area with effective pest and termite control services.
The Hopper family are native Arkansans who founded Hopper Termite & Pest. “We live, work, and invest in the Mountain Home and Northwest Arkansas communities, so we feel a personal responsibility for our quality of work, and we believe in staying deeply connected to these communities,” according to the Hopper Termite & Pest website.
Employee celebrates 25 years
Benjamin Gianakos II is celebrating 25 years at Ransford Pest Control.
Gianakos who is the service manager, supervising the entire technician team at Ransford, started in May 1998. His employment was recommended by his father, Ben Gianakos Sr., who has now been working at Ransford for over 40 years.
Gianakos advises all customers, both residential and commercial, on controlling a variety of pests.
“Communication and cooperation are imperative for successful pest control,” Gianakos said in the news release. “We work together with our customers as a team; we thoroughly inspect, provide detailed reports and advise them on changes they can make to help us achieve the goal of a pest-free home or business.”
Headquartered in Shrewsbury, Mass., Ransford Pest Control is a locally owned and operated company. Ransford Pest Control has been serving central Massachusetts with integrated pest control services since 1896.