Merritt J. Osborn

Black and white photograph of Merritt J. Osborn, founder of Economics Laboratory, later Ecolab, ca. 1950s.


M. J. Osborn, ca. 1950s. Osborn never finished high school, but the salesman-turned-entrepreneur saw a need for institutional and consumer cleaning products, leading to the 1923 foundation of Economics Laboratory, later known as Ecolab. From Ecolab Company Records, Minnesota Historical Society.

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