Standard Laboratories, Inc. | Where Quality is Standard

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Standard Laboratories, is a company committed to its vision to be "the very best testing firm in the world." We intend to be the "very best" for you our customer, our employees and for our shareholders. To attain that vision we have established three corporate objectives that serve to define our mission.

  • TO EXCEED CUSTOMER EXPECTATIONS by providing the highest quality testing services and products to the industries in which we participate at a fair market value.

  • TO EXCEED EMPLOYEE EXPECTATIONS by providing a superior work environment for our employees that is safe, promising, and fun.

  • TO PROVIDE FOR FINANCIAL STABILITY by capturing a dominant market share with reasonable returns while utilizing good ethical business practices.

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Gladys B. (Stallard) Berchtold founded Standard Laboratories, Inc. in 1950. With over a half century in business, we are proud of our record of serving our industry. The establishment of this initial laboratory was in response to a perceived need for high quality coal analyses in the Eastern Kentucky and Virginia coalfields. After incorporation, the business continued a long and successful history of consistent growth in reputation and sales.

In 1975, a strong management team was developed that established a network of laboratories to satisfy a national need for quality laboratory services. This team subsequently initiated numerous diversification efforts as well. Headquarters and Northern and Southern Division management led the team.

In 1979, this same leadership began Precision Samplers, Inc. (PSI) to provide mechanical sampling equipment to the coal industry.

In 1980, we pioneered the concept of on-site operation of coal testing facilities when we opened our laboratory in Huntington, Utah, dedicated to Utah Power and Light.

In 1982, Sampling Associates International was formed to address a paradigm shift in the eastern U. S. coal export market. Until that time, export coal was sampled manually. With increased emphasis on quality from the overseas consumers came the installation of mechanical sampling systems in the ship loading terminals. SAI was formed as a "partnership of professionals" to provide for the operation and maintenance of these systems. SAI today has continued to grow and has operations in many sites outside of the United States, including South America and Asia.

Subsequently, in 1987, we expanded the on-site laboratory concept when we integrated our Henderson, Kentucky laboratory with the central laboratory of Amax Coal Co. in Evansville, Indiana. That laboratory provided all of Amax's laboratory services and serves as our Mid-America Division laboratory today.

In 1990, Standard Laboratories, Inc. purchased the coal testing assets of Core Laboratories. This strategic acquisition consummated Standard Laboratories' goal of becoming a national provider of coal testing in all of the major producing areas. Our Western Division, headquartered in Casper, Wyoming, now provides coal related services for over two hundred million tons of annual production.

In 1991, Peabody Coal Co. followed Amax's lead and chose Standard Laboratories as the owner and operator of its central laboratory in Freeburg, Illinois. Our Freeburg laboratory has grown in technology to become nationally recognized as a quality provider of specialty coal related analyses.

In 1992, we acquired the laboratories owned by Gregory Gould. Standard Laboratories and Mr. Gould had worked together in a loose affiliation for many years and this merger was a natural outcome of that relationship. The Northern Division central laboratory in Cresson, Pennsylvania is nationally known for its variety of high quality services and specializes in high rank coals common to the northeast.

In 1996, Standard Laboratories, Inc. acquired National Laboratories in Evansville, Indiana and merged the existing environmental laboratory with the newly acquired laboratory forming Central States Analytical. CSA has since diversified its offerings beyond environmental testing into food and beverage testing, as well as other matrices. With this diversification came a need to provide environmental services for the energy industry and Appalachian States Analytical was formed to fill this gap in 1998.

In 2007, Standard Labs added C.O.A.L (coal testing lab) and N.E.S.T. (environmental lab) in Belington, WV to it's West Virginia division.  The facility for these two large commercial laboratories is perfectly situated to provide routine daily work and large scale sampling projects from the northern panhandle to the north-central coal fields of West Virginia.

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Entrepreneur of the Year

"Growing a company from concept to industry leader requires a special breed of individual - someone who doesn't believe those who say it can't be done...someone who sees opportunity in every problem...someone who won't take 'no' for an answer".

"Each year, the most successful and innovative entrepreneurs strive for the most prestigious honor in this class: the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year® award. Entrepreneur Of The Year winners represent virtually every industry - from the traditional to the cutting edge."

This is how Ernst & Young describes the award presented to Standard Laboratories, Inc.'s Chief Executive Officer, Troy Stallard. Mr. Stallard was chosen as the regional winner of this prestigious award in the area of technology.

ASTM R. A. Glenn Award

ASTM R. A. Glenn Award

This is an annual award given to an individual who has made outstanding contributions in the development of ASTM standards relating to coal and coke. The award was established in 1973 and is administered by Committee D05 on Coal and Coke. Two of our senior staff are recipients of this prestigious award. They are Gladys Berchtold, Chairman and Richard Wilburn, Technical Director.

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Society Membership and Participation

The staff and management of Standard Laboratories, Inc. are active in many societies, organizations and industry groups throughout the United States. Some of these include:

Not only are we active in these organizations, but we have also given much time and effort in various leadership activities. ASTM and ACIL have received much of our effort and both organizations have responded by recognizing our achievements.

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