Utilities say market forces and new technology, not politics,
have dethroned “King Coal.”
Founded in 1923 as Economics Laboratory, by 2017 Ecolab employed 38,000 workers in over 170 countries.
Baker earned the recognition for his work growing Ecolab and the state’s economy.
The Wayzata-based company already operates biodiesel plants in the nearby states of Iowa and Missouri.
He succeeds Carl Casale, who led the company through record sales and earnings growth.
Less than a year and a half ago, the company raised $25 million from investors.
Abednego ran a $40-million-a-year business within the auto industry serving companies like Kia, Hyundai, Volkswagen, Chrysler and more.
The company uses a unique thermoplastic (made from recycled garbage) to manufacture building materials.
The 22 solar garden installations, once completed next year, will bring an additional 140 megawatts of power to the state.