ANAB acquired Accreditation Services Bureau, d.b.a. Laboratory Accreditation Bureau (L-A-B) in December 2015.
Like ANAB, L-A-B provides accreditation based on international standards for testing and calibration laboratories. The acquisition will allow ANAB to better serve a broader base of customers and meet growing market demand for accreditation services, while providing uninterrupted service to customers.
“L-A-B is a like-minded accreditation body with a focus on customer service and technical prowess,” John Knappenberger, ANAB President and CEO, said. “This acquisition brings valuable, trained human resources to ANAB and will allow us to better serve our customers.”
ANAB will retain all employees of L-A-B and they will continue to work at L-A-B’s offices in Fort Wayne, IN. ANAB will maintain the L-A-B brand and L-A-B customers will continue to be accredited under the L-A-B symbol.
Doug Leonard, who served as L-A-B’s President and Chief Operating Officer, will become Vice President of the combined laboratory-related business for ANAB.
Keith Greenaway will move from the position of Vice President to become Chief Operating Officer for ANAB. In this newly created role, Greenaway will oversee ANAB’s three strategic accreditation business units: laboratory-related, forensics, and management systems.
Formal recognition from and memberships in national and international oversight groups is important to enhancing credibility in the accreditation industry, and L-A-B has maintained recognition and memberships equivalent to that of ANAB.
“The acquisition brings ANAB valuable human resources that, among other things, will allow greater participation in industry groups whose work benefits our customers and their customers,” Greenaway said. “In addition, our relationships with our owners, ANSI and ASQ, will help us continue to advance our collective businesses.”