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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

Four Columbia Analytical Laboratories Receive DoD-ELAP Certificates of Accreditation

Friday, 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

Columbia Analytical’s Houston Laboratory in Operation after Hurricane Ike

Monday, September 15th, 2008

Houston LaboratoryHOUSTON, Texas — The Houston Laboratory of Columbia Analytical is fortunate to have survived Hurricane Ike without any damage or physical harm to staff and their families. Electricity, phones and internet have all been restored to the lab.

Clients sending samples should contact the Houston laboratory directly for updates on shipping availability and procedures. The laboratory may be reached at 713.266.1599 or through the URL:

CAS Houston Dioxin Lab Adds PCB Congeners

Saturday, July 26th, 2003

In addition to providing Methods 1613B, 8290, 23, TO-9 and 8280A dioxin/furan analysis, CAS has expanded its capabilities to include the analysis of PCB congeners by Method 1668A. Only 12 congeners of the 209 congeners have been designated as toxic by the World Health Organization. Of the remaining 197 congeners, 125 can be adequately resolved by the method; with the remaining 72 congeners reported as co-eluted mixtures.

Dioxin, furan and PCB analyses are commonly tested in marine sediment and bioaccumulation studies. Many states also require testing of these compounds to demonstrate compliance with the (503) biosludge, land-application rules. Nationwide, air regulations require many incinerators, cement kilns and metal processors to control their dioxin, furan and PCB emissions. Increasingly, public concern is driving the testing of food and food products for dioxins, furans and PCBs. New, more stringent food regulations are anticipated from the FDA.

The CAS Dioxin laboratory, located in Houston, Texas, is dedicated to the analysis of dioxin and related compounds using complex high resolution gas chromatography/ high resolution mass spectrometry (HRGC/HRMS). Two new HRGC/ HRMS instruments (AutoSpec-Q) were recently added. The increased capacity created by networking these instruments through advanced Opus Quan data acquisition software reduces standard turn around time to 14 days for an e-mailed, PDF report. Rush results are available within 48 - 72 hours.

More than 70 different electronic data deliverable (EDD) formats are offered, including Department of Defense (Army, Navy, Air Force) deliverables to support the transfer of our data into large relational database management systems. We work closely with our industrial clients to produce electronic data formats compatible with their databases.