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Part of being SGS, the world’s leading testing, inspection, and certification company, means always evolving and integrating sustainable environmental solutions worldwide. That’s why we’re bridging the gaps between global and local markets, growing with the purpose of delivering a custom service experience for each client. The recent acquisition of a Chicago-area environmental laboratory means we’re opening new doors to shorten the gaps between the right team and the water, air, soil, waste, asbestos and industrial hygiene services most important to our clients. We offer you solutions that help you implement policies and best practices ensuring your business actively protects and enhances the environment. Featuring strong local leaders and staff with decades of experience, we invite you explore our global ecosystem of services right here in the Midwest.

We’ve modernized our new lab to provide a full array of innovative environmental testing, analytical and field services to ensure the integrity, safety and reliability of your business. Using phase contrast microscopy (PCM), polarized light microscopy (PLM) and transmission electron microscopy (TEM), we craft our SGS laboratory testing capabilities to best fit your programs with rapid turnaround time and competitive pricing.

3 THINGS TO KNOW ABOUT THE NEW CHICAGO LAB

  1. Just outside downtown Chicago, in Downers Grove, Illinois, the laboratory has served the Midwest market for more than 30 years before joining the SGS global network.
  2. Same day supplies as well as rapid and reliable courier service connects your project site and the lab to ensure timely results
  3. Specializing in asbestos analysis, the lab also supports TEM available onsite, sample drop off and so much more.

THE RIGHT PLACE

This central location provides fast, easy access for consultants and other environmental professionals throughout the multistate region with the added benefit of the SGS Service Center. The lab and the service center are in close partnership to assure clients that supplies are readily available in both locations including bottleware and sampling media, as well as a fast and dependable regional courier service.

THE RIGHT TEAM

Each of our experienced staff is a combination of team player and experienced practitioner in their discipline, with a passion for relationship building and exceeding clients’ expectations.

STEVEN TAKAHASHI, OPERATIONS MANAGER

Steve oversees SGS laboratories in Hayward and Carson, CA, Las Vegas, NV and the recently added the Chicago lab. His decades-long experience in the environmental industry with a focus on asbestos includes expertise in PCM, PLM, point counting, Particulate Identification, and quality assurance.

“Acquiring a new laboratory enhances our services in the Midwest region and beyond. Turnaround times are reduced when analyses can be completed locally. This addition will increase TEM capabilities to our SGS network, expanding coverage and providing inter-lab analyses to better meet client requests. We also benefit from Karen’s extensive experience in the industry.”

ANDREW OBUCHOWSKI, ACCOUNT MANAGER

Andy brings more than 13 years of experience in the environmental industry both on the technical side in field services and project management followed by moving into business development where he supports consultants and industries to meet their environmental analysis needs.

“I am your link to unsurpassed environmental analysis and your single point of contact for solutions from the vast SGS Industries & Environment network. This includes built environment-material analysis, conventional air, soil and water analysis, industrial hygiene analysis and rental equipment, and specialty analysis.”

KAREN BUEHLER, LABORATORY TEAM LEAD

Karen is the consummate lab professional. In a 33-year career, she has created and maintained QA/QC laboratory programs for PCM, PLM and TEM, been a lab analyst and has led lab operations, which she continues to do as the team leader for the Chicago lab operation.

“Becoming part of the SGS team places me with a remarkable network of professionals, who, like me, care deeply about delivering the best to our clients.”

 

SEAN FINLEY, SERVICE CENTER MANAGER

Sean has run the SGS Service Center in Chicagoland for 10 years. He balances a very busy schedule of stocking and providing supplies clients use for air, water, and soil analysis, and providing courier services around the five-state Midwest region.

“Í love my job and am thrilled to be meeting clients of our new lab. Getting out around the region to pick up samples and drop off supplies allows me to get to really know the clients and their needs.”

 

CONTACT US

As SGS expands our Midwest asbestos analysis business, new clients will learn what existing clients already know. SGS provides a full range of environmental analysis and monitoring solution services. And with a laboratory, service center and courier service in the center of the Midwest and close to O’Hare Airport, shipping samples to our vast network of North American laboratories will be fast and easy.

Contact Andy Obuchowski today with your questions or to order at +1 224 213 3798 or andrew.obuchowski@sgs.com.

 

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