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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 Implements Lower Reporting Limits for Dioxin and Furan Methods

Tuesday, June 21st, 2011

For Immediate Release
June 21, 2011
Contact: Michael Cosson, 713.266.1599

Houston, Texas – Columbia Analytical announces that they can now achieve reporting limits five times lower than those set by EPA HRGC/HRMS methods 1613B, TO-9A, and 23, which analyze for dioxins and furans.

Columbia Analytical achieved these lower calibration limits because of the sensitivity of their AutoSpecPremier Mass Spectrometers, as well as because of the experience and technical expertise of their HRGC/HRMS operators. “The instrument calibration at Columbia Analytical is linear over a wider range of concentrations,” stated Michael Cosson, Columbia Analytical Client Services Manager, “resulting in more precise and reliable data than available with previous limits.”

Columbia Analytical has also attained some of the lowest estimated detection limits (EDLs) in the industry. While the Method Reporting Limit (MRL) is determined by the instrument’s initial calibration range, the EDL is the lowest detectable level specific to each analyte and sample. The EDL is calculated for each analyte by measuring the height of the noise and the signal height of the associated labeled standard.

Their new seven-point calibration, which includes an extra lowest point and an extra highest point, results in a calibration range extending five times lower and higher than typical limits for each method.

“We are incredibly excited to offer these new reporting limits. Our ability to determine analytes at such low levels will be a great benefit to our clients,” stated Cosson, “Clients are encouraged to ask their Project Managers for these new limits when setting up their projects.”

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.

Columbia Analytical will be hosting a webinar explaining the different reporting limits used in HRGC/HRMS testing, including an in-depth look at how estimated detection limits (EDLs) are calculated, on July 27th at 10 a.m. CST. For more information on the new MRLs or to register for their webinar, contact Columbia Analytical at 713.266.1599 or visit their website at www.caslab.com.

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 www.caslab.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 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.

New HRMS Instruments Provide Lower Detection Limits

Friday, February 4th, 2005

Columbia Analytical Services is pleased to announce that our Houston laboratory has recently installed two new Waters Micromass AutoSpec-Ultima high resolution mass spectrometers. These instruments are considered to be the optimal choice for ultra low-level trace detection applications such as the analysis of dioxins, furans, PCB congeners and polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDEs). Our detection limits are now running 10 - 100 times lower than with the older instruments and are among the lowest in the industry.

CAS/Houston, Texas is a laboratory dedicated to dioxin and related analyses with fi ve high resolution gas chromatographs/high resolution mass spectrometers (HRGC/HRMS). This increase in capacity allows us to provide quality analytical results within a competitive timeframe.

Houston performs high resolution analyses on a wide variety of sample matrices: sediments, animal/marine tissues, paper, incinerator ash, soil, waste water, drinking water, solid waste, food products, food additives, PUF cartridges, XAD resins/fi lters, household dust, and wipe samples. Methodologies employed by CAS/Houston include: EPA 8290, EPA 8280A, EPA 1668 (PCB congeners), EPA 1613B, EPA TO-9 (ambient air), and EPA 23 (stack testing). Technical consulting on dioxin and other recalcitrant compounds is also available.