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2017-02-24 / Top 100 Organizations

Geochemical Testing

Est. 1975

Geochemical Testing was formed in 1975 as a coal analysis laboratory. The company grew quickly to become a highly respected provider of sampling and analytical laboratory testing services to the coal industry. With the passage of many environmental laws and regulations in the late 1970s, geochemical testing branched out into environmental testing. By the early 1990s, environmental testing started to grow rapidly and now represents 75 percent of Geochemical Testing’s business activity.

Geochemical Testing was among the first group of laboratories to receive NELAP accreditation five years prior to becoming mandated. With this accreditation, the company was able to rapidly expand its reach to almost all states east of the Mississippi. They hold certifications as far south and west as Louisiana, and north and east as New Hampshire and Massachusetts.

With Tim Bergstresser at the helm as both owner and lab director for the past six years, Geochemical Testing has aggressively expanded its capabilities; adding over 3,000 sq. ft. of new space, remodeling and re-purposing much of the original laboratory. The company has made substantial capital improvements each year with a large allocation to new or improved instruments. They have also made major investments in their staff, with numbers that have increased by over 40 percent in those six years.

Geochemical Testing is now one of the largest employers of scientists graduating from local colleges, with approximately one half of its staff holding science degrees. The laboratory is one of the largest labs in the state that is family owned and not part of a large conglomerate.

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