Environmental Management Resources, a local environmental engineering firm, announced today it has acquired Rinehart Laboratories, a full-service analytical testing laboratory in the Denver suburb of Arvada, Colo.
Michael L. Cook, president of EMR, said Rinehart Labs would remain in Colorado and provide a base for EMR operations there.
Clients of EMR, which specializes in the cleanup and management of industrial waste, include heavy industrial firms, railroads and agricultural industries.
Cook, former environmental engineer for Burlington Northern and director of environmental affairs for its real estate holding subsidiary, founded EMR in 1988 in Seattle.
He moved the firm's headquarters to Lawrence last year. The company, located at 3220 Mesa Way, has 20 employees, including 11 in Lawrence. EMR also has offices in Lincoln, Neb., and Minneapolis, Minn.
Craig Templeton, marketing communications director, said the acquisition broadens the company's ability to grow in Lawrence as well as in the Denver area.
"It will open the door to expansion," Templeton said. "I would expect to be adding people over time."
In a prepared statement, Cook said acquiring the laboratory fits into EMR's mission to provide a full range of environmental engineering services.
"The advantage for EMR is two-fold: the lab has an outstanding, established client base that we will be able to provide broader range services to and our clients will benefit with greater project control with in-house analytical capability," he said.
Rinehart Labs' clients include Adolph Coors, the U.S. Navy, Phillips Petroleum, the U.S. Forest Service, TRW, Amax Mineral Resources Inc. and the Burlington Northern Railroad, which is also among EMR's primary clients.
Rinehart Labs, founded by Robert W. Rinehart Sr. in 1969, employs six chemists. Rinehart, a widely recognized expert in environmental science and analytical chemistry, will remain with the company as laboratory chief of staff and president, Cook said.