KAR Laboratories, Inc. was established in
Kalamazoo, Michigan in 1956 in response to a need for a variety
of laboratory services not available to area companies.
KAR became incorporated in 1983 as part of an expansion of services
emphasizing the environmental demands in today's society.
Many changes have occurred through the years as services were
developed, expanded, or modified to meet the needs of clients.
Early work emphasized industrial formulations, quality control,
forensic investigations and agricultural chemicals. Clinical
analyses soon followed and became an important area of service.
Beginning in the early 1970's, environmental analyses came to
the forefront, starting with the analysis of livestock and dairy
samples for PBB contamination. KAR was on the forefront of that
historic contamination event, providing key laboratory data
using Electron Capture Gas Chromatography in a time where such
equipment was reserved for research and normally unavailable
in production analytical laboratories. This began a shift of
services that continued throughout the 1980's, positioning KAR
Laboratories, Inc. as the premier, full service environmental
testing laboratory in Michigan.
The late 1990's brought a response to another
client need by offering pharmaceutical testing services using
FDA GLP protocols. This business division operated
to 2010, where the pharmaceutical and drug testing services
matured into a separate company, allowing us to refocus our
efforts on environmental concerns and regulation compliance.
KAR Laboratories, Inc. is
proud to continue building on a solid reputation for cooperation
and reliable analytical testing, and our company has earned
an A+ Better Business Bureau rating. The firm has served clients
in all the states and many countries, but like most environmental
laboratories, the work tends to be mostly regional in nature,
and therefore, principally serves Michigan, the Great Lakes
areas, and the Midwest. Services have been provided to
all types of industry, municipalities, consultants and commercial
establishments, regulatory agencies. Most recently, a
complete line of low cost, high value drinking water test kits
became available with free shipping anywhere in the U.S.A. both
to and from the lab. KAR encourages laboratory cooperation
and competition, and welcomes other laboratories to use KAR
as a subcontractor. The company will consider any project,
but will only take on work where a likely beneficial service
can be delivered to our client.
KAR Laboratories, Inc. offers
a wide range of analytical services as well as assisting clients
in interpretation of data, and in development of potential solutions
to problems. Consultation or development services are
available on an individual basis. KAR Laboratories' sole
business is to provide service to fulfill the needs of its clients,
at a fair and reasonable cost.