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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/Rochester Adds TO-15 VOCs Air Analysis Capability

Monday, February 5th, 2007

Columbia Analytical Rochester is making TO-15 VOCs analytical service available to its many clients in New York and surrounding states as a supplement to the comprehensive air analytical services offered by Columbia Analytical’s Simi Valley, CA laboratory. We were able to bring this niche service on-line quickly for our eastern clients with the acquisition of experience personnel and state of the art equipment from a former large industrial laboratory. Clients with smaller scopes of air analytical, volatile organics and/or fixed gases only, that are either extensions of large soil and water related projects or are part of limited air investigations will now be able to process their complete analytical needs through the local Columbia Analytical facility in Rochester. When projects are extensive and/or other specialty air analytical is required, Columbia Analytical / Rochester will continue to process samples through Simi Valley on behalf of its clients. In all cases the client will be informed of their laboratory options and the work will be placed only with their approval.

Air quality testing has been a core capability of Columbia Analytical Services for almost 20 years. Its Simi Valley laboratory is recognized as one of the premier air analytical facilities in the country, offers analytical solutions for almost any air quality investigation or monitoring program. Air and vapor matrices of every variety , including those from ambient source emissions, indoor air, landfills gasses, industrial processes, remediation and site fence-line monitoring, and soil vapors are routinely processed for consultants, industry, and government agencies. Simi Valley has one of the largest inventories of Summa Canisters and other air sampling media in the industry. Novel approaches to air contamination investigations are also a trademark of Simi Valley. They have led the air testing industry in developments of methods for microbial volatile organic compound analysis, odor identification and characterization, and product off-gassing and emissions.

Columbia Analytical Rochester, the second largest full service facility in the Columbia Analytical network of laboratories, performs the majority of its analytical workload at the CLP/fully validatable level. It has also recently added analysis of niche or emergent chemicals to its capabilities. Trace mercury by EPA Method 1631; explosives, PFOAs, and perchlorate by LCMS; metabolic volatile fatty acids (full range of light and heavy compounds); and hexavalent chromium by EPA Method 7199 are just some of the newly developed analytical services of this New York.