February 19, 2008 — /PRNewswire/ — MINNEAPOLIS, MN — Pace Analytical Services, Inc., (Pace Analytical) is pleased to announce that, effective February 19, 2008, it has purchased the assets of Laucks Testing Laboratory, Inc. in Seattle, WA. Laucks is a full-service analytical laboratory with vast experience in all facets of DOD, CERCLA, RCRA, and CWA programs. For more than 100 years, Laucks has provided analytical chemistry and microbiological services for environmental, industrial manufacturing, clinical, pharmaceutical, toxicological, and mineralogical customers and offers one of the most extensive listings of approved testing parameters certified by the Washington Department of Ecology.
Laucks Testing Laboratories, Inc., was founded in 1908. The laboratory started by providing assay services for the Alaska gold rush. For the past 35 years, Laucks has focused mainly on environmental testing serving both the local market and the federal market. Laucks’ senior management team has extensive experience with the Army, Navy, and Air Force environmental programs.
Pace is also pleased to announce that Kent Patton will oversee this new west coast location for Pace as senior general manager. Kent has more than 20 years experience in the industry, most recently as a vice president at ESC, and North Creek Analytical prior to that.
Steve Vanderboom, CEO of Pace Analytical, comments, “We are excited to add a Pace location in Seattle. We have retained an experienced staff from Laucks and will be focused on building a strong Pace facility to serve our west coast customers.”
This new west coast location for the Pace Analytical network represents both geographic expansion as well as enhanced specialty services offered by adding explosives testing capabilities. This expansion will improve service coverage for Pace’s current clients and will provide Laucks’ clients with the most complete depth of expertise, capacity, products, services, locations, and longevity in the environmental testing industry. The acquisition of Laucks enables Pace to provide more efficient service for its west coast clients and more laboratory capacity for the federal market.
Pace Analytical Services, Inc. is the second largest environmental testing laboratory company in the United States, operating a nationwide network of eleven laboratories and nine service centers with a list of certifications and accreditations that covers the nation.