Columbia Analytical Services

Columbia Analytical Services announces sale to ALS Group

November 1st, 2011

November 1, 2011
For Immediate Release

Kelso, Washington – Columbia Analytical Services (CAS) of Kelso, Washington, announced that it has been acquired by The ALS Group, a unit of the publicly traded Australian corporation, Campbell Brothers Limited. CAS is a leading full-service independent network of analytical testing laboratories in the United States. The Company operates six laboratories located in Kelso, WA, Rochester, NY, Jacksonville, FL, Simi Valley, CA, Houston, TX, and Tucson, AZ. CAS has earned an outstanding reputation built over 25 years of service to a diverse portfolio of clients from industry, government, and consulting firms. CAS’ comprehensive suite of laboratory testing services provides its clients with high quality and legally defensible data for use in promoting human health and environmental protection.

CAS Chief Operating Officer, Jeff Christian, commented on the acquisition. “We are very pleased to announce that we are joining ALS Environmental (ALS) as a key component of their platform for expansion and growth in the United States. We look forward to continuing to provide our customers with the same level of superior technical expertise and dependable services they have come to expect from CAS.”

“After consistently growing our business over the past twenty five years, we are now excited to join the expanding ALS family. ALS Environmental’s financial resources, operating systems, and strong reputation will help us continue to expand our services to a broader array of customers,” said Christian. The CAS management team will remain in place under the new ownership, and Christian commented that customers are not likely to see any changes in the day to day operations of the laboratory.

Raj Naran, ALS Environmental Vice President – Europe and North America, states: “The technical expertise, reputation and service excellence that CAS has developed complements and broadens our existing USA based business. With the addition of CAS, ALS is well positioned in the USA environmental market as a premier provider of analytical services. In the future, we plan to further expand our market reach in the USA by providing clients with access to the combined services of CAS and ALS in a larger number of locations and a broader base of capabilities.”

About ALS Group

ALS Environmental is the U.S. environmental laboratory services group of Australian Laboratory Services, a unit of Campbell Brothers Limited, and by most measures, the largest environmental testing firm in the world. With extensive environmental, mineral and other analytical service businesses spanning the globe, the ALS Group overall has revenues approaching $1 billion (U.S.) and is the most rapidly growing environmental testing firm in North America.

For more information please contact Jeff Christian, Chief Operating Officer of CAS at 360-577-7222 or visit us at or

Columbia Analytical Implements Lower Reporting Limits for Dioxin and Furan Methods

June 21st, 2011

For Immediate Release
June 21, 2011
Contact: Michael Cosson, 713.266.1599

Houston, Texas – Columbia Analytical announces that they can now achieve reporting limits five times lower than those set by EPA HRGC/HRMS methods 1613B, TO-9A, and 23, which analyze for dioxins and furans.

Columbia Analytical achieved these lower calibration limits because of the sensitivity of their AutoSpecPremier Mass Spectrometers, as well as because of the experience and technical expertise of their HRGC/HRMS operators. “The instrument calibration at Columbia Analytical is linear over a wider range of concentrations,” stated Michael Cosson, Columbia Analytical Client Services Manager, “resulting in more precise and reliable data than available with previous limits.”

Columbia Analytical has also attained some of the lowest estimated detection limits (EDLs) in the industry. While the Method Reporting Limit (MRL) is determined by the instrument’s initial calibration range, the EDL is the lowest detectable level specific to each analyte and sample. The EDL is calculated for each analyte by measuring the height of the noise and the signal height of the associated labeled standard.

Their new seven-point calibration, which includes an extra lowest point and an extra highest point, results in a calibration range extending five times lower and higher than typical limits for each method.

“We are incredibly excited to offer these new reporting limits. Our ability to determine analytes at such low levels will be a great benefit to our clients,” stated Cosson, “Clients are encouraged to ask their Project Managers for these new limits when setting up their projects.”

Columbia Analytical Services, Inc., headquartered in Kelso, Wash., provides a wide variety of analytical laboratory services including those in aerospace, automotive, engineering, government, mining, petrochemical, pharmaceutical, pulp and paper, transportation, utilities, and waste management industries.

Columbia Analytical will be hosting a webinar explaining the different reporting limits used in HRGC/HRMS testing, including an in-depth look at how estimated detection limits (EDLs) are calculated, on July 27th at 10 a.m. CST. For more information on the new MRLs or to register for their webinar, contact Columbia Analytical at 713.266.1599 or visit their website at

Columbia Analytical Expands Technical Sales Team

April 27th, 2011

Kelso, Wash. - Columbia Analytical Services, Inc., an environmental laboratory network headquartered in Kelso, Washington, announces the addition of three technical sales consultants.

Michael Fifield joined Columbia Analytical as the North Eastern Technical Sales Consultant. Fifield holds a B.S. in Chemistry and a master’s in Environmental Engineering Science as well as an MBA in Management. His previous experience includes Laboratory Services Manager at both Montgomery-Watson Harza in Albany, NY and Blasland, Bouck & Lee, Inc in East Syracuse, NY. Fifield has also worked as a Project Scientist and Quality Assurance Manager.

Gary Grammon joined as the Mountain West Technical Sales Consultant. Grammon comes to Columbia Analytical with over fourteen years of analytical laboratory service, sales and management experience, in addition to five years of experience as a Chemist and Project Manager. He holds a B.S. in Biology, and has worked in Montana, North Carolina, Oklahoma, and Utah.

Eileen Snyder joined as the Mid-Atlantic Technical Sales Consultant. Snyder brings over 20 years experience managing Federal, State and Commercial consulting projects in the MidAtlantic area. She also brings several years experience with the USEPA Superfund Contract Laboratory Program, HamptonClarke-Veritech Laboratory, and TestAmerica Laboratories, including laboratory sales and technical, regulatory and client services. Snyder holds a B.A. in Biology/Chemistry and an M.A. in Environmental Policy.

“With over 64 years of combined experience in the analytical field, this addition to our sales team is exactly what we need for our clients,” stated Joe Wiegel, Vice President of Sales and Marketing. “We are excited to expand our services with this knowledgeable group.”

Columbia Analytical Services, Inc., an employee-owned company founded in 1986, provides a wide variety of analytical laboratory services to engineering consulting firms and industrial clients in the aerospace, automotive, engineering, government, mining, petrochemical, pharmaceutical, pulp and paper, transportation, utilities, and waste management industries.

For more information about Columbia Analytical visit their website at

Searchable Proposition 65 Chemical Database Released by Columbia Analytical

January 27th, 2011

Proposition 65 ListKELSO, Wash. – Columbia Analytical Services, Inc. announces a new website service that allows users to search the California Proposition 65 (Prop 65) chemical list online. The database of 775 chemicals is searchable by a CAS registry number or by the chemical name and when clicked, shows the risk level, maximum allowable dose level, type of toxicity, date listed, and listing mechanism.

“This appears be the only searchable Prop 65 chemical list on the internet,” said Trent Mueller, Webmaster for Columbia Analytical Services. “People may find it useful to do a quick web search to see if their chemical is on the list, rather than search through the entire Prop 65 document itself.”

The chemicals in the Prop 65 list are known to the state of California to cause cancer or reproductive toxicity. The Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Enforcement Act of 1986, also known as Prop 65, requires that the governor revise and republish at least once per year the list of chemicals known to the state to cause cancer or reproductive toxicity. All businesses in the state must notify Californians about significant amounts of chemicals found in their products, or those that may be released into the environment. California’s Prop 65 list is recognized nationwide as being the standard for which other states aim.

The searchable Prop 65 list is also linked to a broader database containing thousands of analytes, which may also show the chemical formula, its structure, stability, melting point, among other information. To search the list, users may visit or go to and type “Prop 65” in the search.

Columbia Analytical’s network of laboratories provide analytical testing to government agencies, industry, and consultants. Their services include general and specialty environmental testing of water, soil, air and biota samples, as well as product testing for companies in the aerospace, automotive, engineering, mining, petrochemical, pharmaceutical, pulp and paper, transportation, utilities, and waste management industries.

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Columbia Analytical Announces Two New Vice Presidents

January 13th, 2011

Kelso, Wash. - Columbia Analytical Services, Inc., an environmental laboratory network headquartered in Kelso, Washington, announces the addition of two vice president positions in sales and business development.

Howard Boorse was recently appointed Vice President of Strategic Markets. Boorse has more than 29 years of experience in analytical testing industry, including experience as a Quality Assurance Manager and Senior Chemist. Since joining Columbia Analytical in 1994, he has held positions in project management and business development.

Joe Wiegel has been named Vice President of Sales and Business Development. Wiegel began working with Columbia Analytical in 1994, as the hydrocarbons department supervisor and advanced into business development. He led a team at Columbia Analytical, which developed and implemented a robust data validation and reporting system. Wiegel rejoined Columbia Analytical in 2010 to fulfill the new vice president position.

“We are excited to have two strong performers join the management team,” stated Jim Carlson, president of Columbia Analytical. “Their strong technical backgrounds will be key to developing new services and capabilities that fit our clients’ needs.”

Columbia Analytical Services, Inc., headquartered in Kelso, Wash., provides a wide variety of analytical laboratory services including those in aerospace, automotive, engineering, government, mining, petrochemical, pharmaceutical, pulp and paper, transportation, utilities, and waste management industries.

For more information about Columbia Analytical visit their website at

Columbia Analytical Services Implements New USP Guidelines

November 10th, 2010

(Kelso, Washington; November 10, 2010) - Columbia Analytical Services is pleased to announce its implementation of heavy metals testing that follows new recommendations released by the United States Pharmacopeia (USP). Columbia Analytical’s Pharmaceutical Division, a registered analytical laboratory providing current Good Manufacturing Practice (cGMP) compliant testing, abides by newly released instrumental methods guidelines for the detection of elemental impurities by Inductively Coupled Plasma-Mass Spectroscopy (ICP-MS).

The USP recently proposed toxicological limits for elemental impurities to produce reliable data at detection levels that easily meet the elemental impurity limits. Experts at Columbia Analytical have extensive experience analyzing metals in a wide variety of matrices. Instrumental methods provided by Columbia Analytical accurately detect if metals meet or exceed those limits.

Columbia Analytical will be exhibiting at the American Association of Pharmaceutical Scientists (AAPS) Annual Meeting, which will take place November 14-18, 2010, in New Orleans, Louisiana, at the Morial Convention Center, booth #2605.

“We are thrilled to join the thousands of scientists converging at the AAPS Annual Meeting this year, sharing their various perspectives and ideas, all with the goal in mind to improve overall health through advancing pharmaceutical sciences,” stated Jeff Grindstaff, Columbia Analytical laboratory director. “We are excited to showcase our capabilities, especially our wide-spread expertise in the detection of impurities in heavy metals.”

Columbia Analytical provides pharmaceutical testing and presents sound, accurate and reliable data, coupled with excellent customer service. In addition to its heavy metals testing, Columbia Analytical’s comprehensive range of capabilities includes monograph testing, method development and validation, engineering studies, process validation and stability testing.

About Columbia Analytical Services, Pharmaceutical Division
Columbia Analytical Services, Inc., Pharmaceutical Division is a registered contract testing laboratory providing cGMP-compliant testing to the raw material suppliers, CMOs, and product developers/sponsors of the pharmaceutical industry. To ensure regulatory compliance, Columbia Analytical is FDA inspected and registered, and DEA licensed. Columbia Analytical professional scientists have extensive experience in analytical chemistry and routinely provide method development and validation for pharmaceutical testing. For more information about Columbia Analytical Pharmaceutical Division, visit

Columbia Analytical Announces New Senior Executives

May 17th, 2010

KELSO, Wash. — Columbia Analytical Services, Inc., an environmental laboratory network headquartered in Kelso, Washington, announces the appointing of four senior executive positions.

Jim Carlson was named the new President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Columbia Analytical. He has 24 years of experience in management and financial operations and formerly served as the Chief Financial and Administrative Officer for the company since 1999. One of Carlson’s initial business objectives was to name members of his senior management team.

Jeff Christian was appointed as the Chief Operating Officer (COO). Christian will oversee the operations of their national laboratory network, with locations in Kelso, Wash., Simi Valley, Calif., Tucson, Ariz., Houston, Texas, Jacksonville, Fla., and Rochester, N.Y. He was formerly the Lab Director of their Kelso, Wash.-based laboratory, which employs 120 people. Christian has been with CAS since 1989. A new Kelso Lab Director has yet to be named.

Former Controller, Elisabeth DeWhitt, who has been with the company since 1992, was also promoted to Chief Financial Officer (CFO). She will manage the accounting, finance, purchasing, and risk management departments.

Steve Vincent, co-founder of Columbia Analytical and a R.A. Long High School and Lower Columbia College graduate, has been appointed to Chairman of the Board of Directors of CAS Holdings, Inc., the parent company of Columbia Analytical Services. “Steve will continue to serve the company with his vision,” said Carlson. “He is well respected in the community as well as in the analytical laboratory industry and we are pleased to have his continued support and leadership.” Vincent has served as President and CEO for Columbia Analytical, since its founding in Longview, Wash. in 1986. It currently employs 350 people nationally.

Columbia Analytical Services, Inc., headquartered in Kelso, Wash., provides a wide variety of analytical laboratory services including those in aerospace, automotive, engineering, government, mining, petrochemical, pharmaceutical, pulp and paper, transportation, utilities, and waste management industries.

For more information about Columbia Analytical visit their website at

Aflatoxin Testing Using LC/MS/MS Offered by Columbia Analytical

April 20th, 2010

Aflatoxin TestingColumbia Analytical Services announces their analysis of the B1, B2 and G1, G2 aflatoxins via liquid chromatography/mass spectroscopy/mass spectroscopy (LC/MS/MS).

Aflatoxins are potent natural carcinogens produced by the fungi Aspergillus flavus or Aspergillus parasiticus. These fungi are known to grow on nuts, spices, milk, oilseed cereals and other agricultural products as well as in water damaged carpets. Aflatoxins have also been found in medicinal herbs contaminated by fungi. Aflatoxins have been classified as group 1 carcinogens by the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC).The European Commission have set 4 μg/Kg limits for maximum total aflatoxin content in products for direct human consumption.

“Traditionally quantization of aflatoxins have been performed using thin layer chromatography, or more recently, liquid chromatography with fluorescence detection (HPLC/FD),” said Dr. Ewan Sinclair, Scientist for Columbia Analytical. “However, LC/MS/MS provides greater sensitivity and selectivity necessary for trace analysis of aflatoxins in complex food matrices.”

Columbia Analytical has developed special prep procedures for complex food matrices followed by LC/MS/MS for the analysis of these selected aflatoxins. Using this prep and analytical approach Columbia Analytical is able to achieve method reporting limits (MRL) of 2 μg/kg for aflatoxins B1 and G1, and 1 μg/kg for aflatoxins B2 and G2.

For more information on aflatoxins and LC/MS/MS technology contact Columbia Analytical online at or call 360-577-7222.

Columbia Analytical’s Jacksonville Lab Hires New Analysts and Managers

April 12th, 2010

Jacksonville Florida LabJacksonville, Fla. - Columbia Analytical has hired four new employees at their Jacksonville, Florida laboratory in effort to increase their level of customer service.

Karenza Fedele joined Columbia Analytical as the new Quality Assurance (QA) Manager. Fedele has more than 11 years of work experience with Pace Analytical/ELAB in Ormond Beach. She will be responsible for the overall implementation and management of the laboratory QA program.

Janet Jones was hired as the primary Lachat Analyst in the wet chemistry department. Jones joined Columbia Analytical after working as a scientist with Kroll Laboratory Specialists in Louisiana.

James Nicholson accepted supervisor responsibilities for the volatiles section. Nicholson will manage instrument retrofit and method development efforts for RSK-175. He joins Columbia Analytical with more than 11 years experience as an analyst and laboratory volatiles supervisor.

The volatiles section was formerly lead by Jerry Allen. He has been promoted into a full-time project management role.

Cheslea Lovejoy was hired as an instrument analyst (GC/MS, GC/ECD and GC/FID), and has a role in method development, specifically for low level 8082 analysis (GC/ECD) and PCB congener analysis in conjunction with PAH analysis (GC/MS SIM). She joins Columbia Analytical after five years experience as an analyst.

For more information on Columbia Analytical - Jacksonville, please contact Andre Rachmaninoff at 904.739.2277 or visit the company’s website at

Four Columbia Analytical Laboratories Receive DoD-ELAP Certificates of Accreditation

February 19th, 2010

KELSO, Wash. – Columbia Analytical Services, Inc. announced today that four of its laboratories have met the requirements of the Department of Defense (DoD) Environmental Laboratory Accreditation Program (ELAP) and each have been awarded a certificate of accreditation.

The recently accredited laboratories are located in Houston, Texas, Simi Valley, Calif., Rochester, N.Y., and Kelso, Wash. Columbia Analytical’s Houston facility is dedicated to high resolution analyses of analytes such as dioxin, furans and PCB congeners and the Simi Valley laboratory specializes in the analysis of ambient and indoor air pollution, stationary source emissions, process gas, and industrial hygiene samples. The Rochester facility, a full service laboratory, also offers air analyses and other specialized testing like that for perchlorate by LC/MS. The Kelso laboratory became DoD-ELAP accredited in November 2009 and specializes in non-routine, complex low-level analyses requiring a high degree of technical expertise.

The full scope of accreditation, including the list of analytes to which these accreditations apply, may be found on Columbia Analytical’s DoD ELAP webpage.

Columbia Analytical is an employee-owned, full-service environmental analytical laboratory testing network established in 1986 and headquartered in Kelso, Washington. Their expertise encompasses air, water, dioxin, biological, pharmaceutical, solid and hazardous waste analyses.

For more information contact Columbia Analytical at 360-577-7222 or visit their website at