updated 12/16/2010 9:16:23 AM ET 2010-12-16T14:16:23

NAPERVILLE, Ill., Dec. 16, 2010 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Nalco (NYSE:NLC), providing essential expertise for water, energy and air, has again gained recognition from Selling Power magazine as one of the best companies to sell for in the United States. This is the third consecutive year the magazine's editors selected Nalco among the top 50 from hundreds of companies they evaluated.

The annual rankings evaluate companies in three main areas – compensation (including pay, incentives and benefits), training and career mobility. The scoring system then compares all companies in two general industry classifications: manufacturing and service. Nalco 's overall rating was tied for second among the top 25 firms in the manufacturing sector, which includes 3M, Microsoft, Abbott Laboratories, Cisco Systems, International Paper, IBM and Dell.

About Nalco

Nalco is the world's largest sustainability services company focused on industrial water, energy and air applications; delivering significant environmental, social and economic performance benefits to our customers. We help our customers reduce energy, water and other natural resource consumption, enhance air quality, minimize environmental releases and improve productivity and end products while boosting the bottom line. Together our comprehensive solutions contribute to the sustainable development of customer operations. Nalco is a member of the Dow Jones Sustainability Indexes. More than 11,500 Nalco employees operate in 150 countries supported by a comprehensive network of manufacturing facilities, sales offices and research centers to serve a broad range of end markets. In 2009, Nalco achieved sales of more than $3.7 billion. For more information visit www.nalco.com.

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CONTACT: Nalco Company
         Media Contact:
         Charlie Pajor
           630 305 1556
         Investor Contact:
         Lisa Curran
           630 305 1475
         1601 West Diehl Road
         Naperville, IL 60563-1198

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