High Point has been attracting a lot of new business in recent years and has seen a good deal of business expansion as well.

Wednesday, Oct. 19, marks another big milestone. The first tenant at the High Point North Industrial Center is breaking ground.

On Wednesday afternoon, Ecolab put the first shovel tip into the new 550-acre industrial park to start the place off with a bang – a facility with 1,050,500 square feet of industrial space.

Ecolab is a giant global company that sells goods and services that help companies package food safely and that promote hygiene. The products also help clients reduce the spread of disease and prevent infections.

The new facility will be the Ecolab Customer Care Center Warehouse, where the company will make, store and distribute products used to clean and sanitize food – as well as related products – for businesses, retail operations and institutions.

Before the groundbreaking, company officials, elected leaders and project partners held a presentation/celebration that led to the shoveling, which was followed by a reception.

The groundbreaking included Ecolab officials, local elected leaders, High Point Economic Development Corp. officials,  PNK Group, D.H. Griffin Companies, Newmark and business and community leaders.

High Point economic development officials stated that the event was held  “to celebrate Ecolab’s investment into the community and commemorate the groundbreaking for the first business to locate in the High Point North Industrial Center.”

The industrial park touts several selling points: It’s close to Greensboro and Winston-Salem – which means access to a large labor force – and it’s also close to the FedEx Ground facility and less than a 10-minute drive to Piedmont Triad International Airport.

It’s a mixed-use park where industrial facilities are allowed and it offers service from Duke Energy and Piedmont Natural Gas.