United Technical Laboratories Services, Inc.

The first strategic move consisted of the company forming a joint venture in 1975 with Fuel Engineering of New York which was owned by Greg Gould. Greg and Gladys knew each other from participation in ASTM activities. There was a great deal of mutual respect and each provided coal testing services in different geographic markets. The idea behind this new venture was to share marketing costs and present ourselves as larger and more competitive with CT&E. The venture was named United Technical Laboratories, Inc. and it lasted several years as together market materials were created and distributed. Fuel Engineering will also be discussed later as a partner in another venture as well as an acquisition and eventually as an acquisition.