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Associated Press, Published October 19 2012

144 workers to lose jobs with closure of Ecolab in Grand Forks

GRAND FORKS — A pest control company is closing its Grand Forks facility, affecting 144 full-time workers.

Ecolab will operate through next July. Workers in the city perform such duties as accounting and customer service. The company says they will be gradually laid off beginning as soon as January.

Ecolab says a 2011 merger with the company Nalco has prompted a streamlining of operations. Work done in Grand Forks will be moved to other Midwest locations. Some employees will be able to continue their jobs from home or transfer to Ecolab locations in other states.

It is the second major layoff announcement in Grand Forks in a month. Wind turbine blade manufacturer LM Wind Power is eliminating more than 300 jobs.

Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.