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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 www.caslab.com or www.alsglobal.com.

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 www.caslab.com.

Columbia Analytical Services Implements New USP Guidelines

Wednesday, 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 www.caspharma.com.

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 www.caslab.com.

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

Tuesday, 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 http://www.caslab.com/Aflatoxin-Testing/ or call 360-577-7222.

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 www.caslab.com.

Columbia Analytical - Kelso Awarded DoD-ELAP Certificate of Accreditation

Wednesday, November 11th, 2009

DoD-ELAPKELSO, Wash. – Columbia Analytical’s Kelso laboratory has met the requirements of the Department of Defense (DoD) Environmental Laboratory Accreditation Program (ELAP) and has been awarded a certificate of accreditation.

Kelso’s assessment was completed by the ANSI-ASQ National Accreditation Board/ACLASS of Alexandria, Virginia. The full scope of accreditation, including the list of analytes to which this accreditation applies, may be found on Columbia Analytical’s Kelso certification webpage: http://www.caslab.com/Certifications/kelso.php.

DoD-ELAP standardizes the laboratory testing requirements, those performed in support of environmental restoration programs (i.e. cleanup), of the US Navy, US Army Corps of Engineers (ACOE), and the Air Force Center for Engineering and the Environment (AFCEE). The program aims to promote consistency among DoD Components, promote fair and open participation, facilitate the procurement of analytical services, and shift the expense of laboratory assessments from the DoD to the private sector.

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 more information contact Columbia Analytical at 360-577-7222 or visit their website at www.caslab.com.

 

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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 www.caslab.com.

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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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High Volume Sampling on the Columbia River

Monday, January 26th, 2009

High Volume Water Sampling

Columbia Analytical Services, Inc. recently teamed with Gravity Environmental, LLC (Snoqualmie, WA) on a lower Columbia River project that called for high volume sampling to obtain ultra trace detection limits for a number of target compounds. The sampling was done using equipment that was custom built, validated, and optimized by Gravity Environmental. The sample media was prepared for use in the field by Columbia Analytical and then analyzed for ultra-trace concentrations of Organochlorine Pesticides, Polychlorinated Biphenyls (PCB), Polynuclear Aromatic Hydrocarbons (PAH), and Dioxins/Furans.

High Volume Sampling

Shawn Hinz, Scientist/Owner of Gravity Environmental discusses their sampling techniques with Jeff Christian, Lab Director of Columbia Analytical.