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Columbia Analytical Services announces sale to ALS Group

Tuesday, 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 Expands Technical Sales Team

Wednesday, 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

Thursday, 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.

Search the Proposition 65 List

Columbia Analytical Announces Two New Vice Presidents

Thursday, 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 Announces New Senior Executives

Monday, 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

Columbia Analytical Pursues DoD ELAP Approval

Wednesday, August 19th, 2009

United States Coat of ArmsColumbia Analytical’s Kelso laboratory is the first lab in the nation to have its assessment results submitted to the Department of Defense (DoD) Environmental Laboratory Accreditation Program (ELAP). Laboratories which seek to perform new testing projects for DoD environmental restoration programs need the DoD ELAP accreditation by October 1, 2009, according to a memorandum released by the Assistant Deputy Under Secretary of Defense.

“Our laboratories are well-versed in DoD QSM requirements and have been providing testing services for the DoD for many years,” said Lee Wolf, Quality Assurance Director for Columbia Analytical. ”Since NELAP standards were already established as the baseline for our quality systems, implementation of the QSM and compliance with the new DoD ELAP will not pose any significant challenges to current systems.

DoD ELAP is a long-awaited program which standardizes the laboratory testing requirements of the US Navy, US Army Corps of Engineers (ACOE), and the Air Force Center for Engineering and the Environment (AFCEE). The program elevates the standard for laboratory operations and quality systems implementation. The foundation for the DoD ELAP is the DoD Quality Systems Manual (QSM) Version 4.1, which is based on NELAP and ISO standards for testing laboratories.

According to the memorandum, laboratories that currently have DoD component (Army, Navy, or Air Force) approvals in place will be subject to DoD ELAP requirements when those approvals expire or when scope changes are necessary. Laboratories which seek to perform testing for DoD environmental restoration programs for the first time or who hold an expired DoD approval need to be accredited in accordance with the DoD ELAP before they can provide services.

Columbia Analytical Services, Inc. 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 questions on the implementation and requirements of the DoD QSM contact Columbia Analytical at 360-577-7222 or visit their website at

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View the current status of Columbia Analytical’s DoD ELAP Accreditation.

UPDATE: Columbia Analytical (Kelso) is now accredited for the DoD-ELAP program…

Columbia Analytical Awarded Excellence in Workforce Education

Monday, May 11th, 2009

Excellence in Workforce Education AwardKELSO, Wash. - Columbia Analytical received the Excellence in Workforce Education business award from the Kelso-Longview Chamber of Commerce in Cowlitz County, Wash.

This award honors employers who have demonstrated achievement in providing high quality workforce education and training in Cowlitz County.

Award recipients were selected based upon the development and implementation of workforce programs that are innovative in nature; improve the preparation and performance of the emerging or incumbent workforce; have measurable outcomes; and demonstrate collaboration between business, government, and education.

Columbia Analytical attributes the success of its workforce education program to having many quality educational opportunities. The company requires employees to participate in 16-hours of company-paid continuing education per year, which can include in-house training, outside seminars, self-study, with up to 100% tuition reimbursement. In addition, Columbia Analytical provides 16-hours of initial Ethics training to all new employees and provides on-going quarterly ethics training to all employees.

Columbia Analytical employees in its Kelso, Wash. laboratory participated in over 4,000 hours of company-paid continuing education in 2008 for an average of 24 hours per employee.

Columbia Analytical has partnered with Lower Columbia College (LCC) in Longview, Wash. to provide on-site technical training, including technical writing and introduction to chemistry courses, for its employees. President of Columbia Analytical, Steve Vincent, currently serves as the LCC Foundation President. Approximately 15% of the Columbia Analytical’s Kelso employees are LCC graduates and over 30% of its employees have taken LCC courses.

Columbia Analytical also provides two to three LCC Fellowships per year for selected candidates. This fellowship provides a 100% paid scholarship for books, fees and tuition as well as a part-time job for selected candidates. The company nurtures science focused education for deserving scholars with the hope that they will become outstanding employees for Columbia Analytical.

For more information, please contact Alicia Shepard of Columbia Analytical Services, Inc.

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Columbia Analytical Unveils New Corporate Identity and Website

Tuesday, April 15th, 2008

WebsiteKELSO, Wash. – Columbia Analytical Services, Inc., one of the nation’s leading environmental testing laboratories, today unveiled its new corporate identity with a revised logo and redesigned website. The company’s website address is

“The new company logo was designed to freshen our look and reflect Columbia Analytical’s professional and technically-advanced capabilities,” said Ed Wilson, director of information technology and marketing. “Our marketing materials now position us as technical experts as we plan for an internet-focused and service-oriented future.”

The new website provides expanded information about environmental testing, pharmaceutical testing and a variety of other scientific topics featured in a new educational section. The educational content includes technical articles, industry acronyms, technical poster session brochures, a “clickable” periodic table, information on sample holding times and container types, and a free technical newsletter. An industry news page also allows users to post their questions and interact with the laboratory managers.

“One of the challenges of the website redesign was to effectively communicate technical information, but in a simple and visually-interesting manner,” said Trent Mueller, webmaster. “We accomplished this in part by providing concise information upfront while offering the option of clicking to read deeper into technical content. We also added many illustrative photos, charts, and examples to help keep the reader engaged.”

Columbia Analytical is an employee-owned, full-service environmental analytical network with seven laboratories in the United States. Services include testing of air, water, soil, sediment, tissues, pharmaceutical materials, and solid and hazardous waste.



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Columbia Analytical Offers Testing to Detect Phthalate Levels

Tuesday, February 5th, 2008

News ReleasesA recent article in the journal Pediatrics has raised further questions about the presence of phthalates in the environment. They note that certain phthalates, found in numerous baby care products, may lead to developmental and reproductive toxicity in infants.

Phthalates are synthetic chemicals that are used to make vinyl products flexible and soft. They also make products like nail polish harder to chip and make fragrances last longer. They are found in many industrial and common household items, including PVC plastics, cosmetics, personal care products (including most lotions, shampoos and powders), plastic toys, vinyl products and almost all products with fragrance. Phthalates are also used in medical devices, and numerous items our homes and cars. Essentially, phthalates are everywhere.

Phthalate testing is problematic due to their wide spread use and background levels can lead to false positive results.  Therefore the laboratory must eliminate background sources of phthalates and ensure that quality control data supports that the analysis is free of these interferences. Although there are a number of analytical testing alternatives, the most common way for a laboratory to test for phthalates is using a gas chromatograph mass spectrometer operated in selected ion monitoring mode (GC/MS/SIM). This GC/MS/SIM technique is currently being used by Columbia Analytical Services in similar studies investigating phthalates in medications, ambient air, and other applications related to human health risk. Columbia Analytical has performed analytical testing for phthalates for over 20 years.

For more information on testing for phthalates, contact Jeff Christian, Columbia Analytical Services, Inc. at 360-577-7222.

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Chemical structure of butyl benzyl phthalate

Joint Industry Guide (JIG) - 101 Compliance

Tuesday, October 4th, 2005

ALS Environmental’s laboratory in Singapore is currently able to provide analytical support for compliance with the April 2005 document from the Joint Industry Guide (JIG), “Material Composition Declaration for Electronics Products”, JIG-101.

Contact the ALS Environmental Singapore location:

ALS Environmental - Singapore
14 Little Road, #07-01 & #08-01,
Tropical Industrial Building
Singapore, Singapore

+65 6283 9268

For more information, click here.