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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’s Jacksonville Lab Hires New Analysts and Managers

Monday, 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

Columbia Analytical Appoints Rachmaninoff as Lab Director

Tuesday, July 14th, 2009

Andre RachmaninoffJacksonville, Fla. – Columbia Analytical Services, Inc., a national environmental laboratory network announces the hiring of Andre Rachmaninoff to direct its Jacksonville laboratory.

Rachmaninoff joins Columbia Analytical with over 23 years of experience in laboratory management, holding positions such as Laboratory Director and Vice President. In his previous position with Pace Analytical Services (formerly ELAB), Rachmaninoff served as General Manager for two regional laboratories. Rachmaninoff has expertise in the EPA Safe Drinking Water program, microbiology, wet chemistry and metals analyses. He has worked within the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA), Clean Water Act (CWA) and Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA) programs. Rachmaninoff is a past president of the Florida Society of Environmental Analysts and an active member of the Florida Association of Environmental Professionals.

“My initial goals as Lab Director will be the development of a NP (nitrogen-phosphorus) pesticide process, TPH (total petroleum hydrocarbons) method and a number of analyses in sediment and bio-tissue,” said Rachmaninoff. “I want to help my staff realize their full potential by continuously challenging them, providing them with greater responsibility, and offering as much support as I can possibly give.”

Established in 1986, Columbia Analytical is an employee-owned, full service analytical laboratory network. Headquartered in Kelso, Washington, their network is composed of seven laboratories in Arizona, California, Florida, New York, Texas and Washington. Their expertise encompasses air, water, dioxin, biological, pharmaceutical, and solid and hazardous waste analyses.

For more information please contact Rachmaninoff at 904.394.4407 or view the company’s website at

Columbia Analytical Services, Inc. Announces Opening of New Laboratory in Jacksonville, Florida

Tuesday, May 27th, 2008

In response to their significant business growth in recent years, Columbia Analytical Services, Inc. announces the opening of their new 18,000 square foot laboratory facility in Jacksonville, FL.

Columbia Analytical provides high-quality, cost-effective and innovative chemical and biological analyses for potentially hazardous substances in air, water, sediments, tissues, solids, wastes and other matrices.

“Columbia Analytical Services’ Jacksonville operation has grown over 50% in the past three years, and our relocation to this new, custom-designed laboratory facility is in response to this growth and success. We are pleased to be a trendsetting analytical services provider here in Florida, and we will continue to grow and add new capabilities to meet the expectations and needs of our clients,” said laboratory director, Greg Jordan.

To celebrate the opening of this new laboratory, the company is planning an Open House event on the afternoon of June 20, 2008.

Founded in 1986 and a leader in the commercial laboratory industry, Columbia Analytical is employee owned, with over 300 people nationwide, with operations in Arizona, California, Florida, Hawaii, New York, Texas, and Washington. For more information on Columbia Analytical’s capabilities, or their Open House, call 904-739-2277 or visit their website at