Gould Energy

Std Labs acquired Gould Energy in 1992 after a long and successful relationship with its owner Gregory Gould. Gladys Berchtold and Greg had been participants in ASTM for many years dating back to the 1960s and had actually formed a partnership called United Technical Service Laboratories in 1975 to joint market their capabilities.

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Peabody Coal Company Central Laboratory

The largest coal company in America, Peabody Coal Company, approached Std Labs early in the year of 1991 about acquiring their central research and core analyses laboratory located in Freeburg, Illinois. That lab was renowned for its high quality work in virtually all aspects of coal analysis and soil mechanics. The lab had a number of highly experienced employees headed by Rick Wilburn.

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Core Laboratories (Coal Testing Assets)

Core Laboratories, Inc., a Texas firm specializing in drill core analysis, approached Std Labs about selling their coal testing assets in the Power River coal fields in Wyoming. They were primarily involved in supplying test results to the petrochemical industry and did not want to further develop their coal testing business. After a number of months an agreement was reached in 1990 whereas Std Labs acquired the assets of eight labs which were located in Wyoming, Texas and Indiana. This move became the seed for Western Division of Std Labs and comprised five laboratories.

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Environmental Technologies

In the Corbin, KY area Std Labs had encountered a competitor, Environmental Technology, which was owned by Jimmy Wadkins and his wife. This entity supplied coal testing and some environmental test (mainly water testing). After several years of competition, Jimmy approached Std Labs and suggested a merger which actually ended up after negotiations as an acquisition for Std Labs.

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