Kelso, WA, June 07, 2008 --(PR.com
)-- Congressman Brian Baird, representing Washington's 3rd Congressional District, recently toured the expansion of Columbia Analytical's Kelso, Washington, laboratory facilities. The expansion doubled the size of the company's Kelso operations.
As chairman of the Science and Technology Subcommittee on Research and Science Education, Rep. Baird was particularly interested in the innovative instrumentation used in the laboratory, such as the gas chromatograph triple quadrapole mass spectrometer (GC/MS/MS). With help from the Cowlitz Economic Development Council (CEDC), Columbia Analytical qualified for a deferral on Washington state sales tax, making it easier to attain the high-tech equipment.
"Because of his interest in science and technology, Rep. Baird enjoyed seeing how our laboratory has grown and how state government is helping spur economic growth in this area," said Jeff Christian, Kelso Laboratory Director.
After touring the laboratory, Congressman Baird spent the afternoon with Columbia Analytical employees, answering questions about various current events taking place in the state and in the country.
Founded in 1986, Columbia Analytical is an employee-owned national laboratory network, with operations in Arizona, California, Florida, Hawaii, New York, Texas, and Washington. The company employs more than 200 people at its Kelso, Washington, headquarters.
For more information on Columbia Analytical, call 800-695-7222 or visit the website at www.caslab.com.