Working in an industry deemed “unforgiving,” Environmental Service Laboratories (ESL) has succeeded despite the odds over the past 12 years with significant employment growth and geographic expansion. Beginning with two employees in 1988, the company has evolved into a 70-person operation, 30 of whom have been added since the Marcellus Shale boom.
Environmental Service Laboratories has been recognized as an Impact Company, a unique subset of firms that are helping create 60-80 percent of new jobs in the Pittsburgh region. The Impact Company initiative is a project of the Pittsburgh Regional Alliance, a 10-county coalition that markets the benefits of doing business in southwestern Pennsylvania, and assists companies looking to relocate or expand here.
Environmental Service Laboratories opened locations in Washington and Lycoming counties in 2007 and 2011, respectively. Beginning as a company within the Indiana County’s Small Business Incubator, Environmental Service Laboratories is as a woman-owned (certified WBE/SERB) lab that provides a comprehensive range of analytical testing, consulting and field sampling services.
Originally focused on conventional oil and gas drilling, the company has diversified into numerous emerging industries. ESL’s customers now include industrial facilities, government entities and engineering firms. Changes in regulations around hydrofracturing in the Marcellus Shale has also driven growth. In addition, ESL is accredited to test drinking water, wastewater, soil, solid materials, natural gas, frozen dairy products, meat, children’s products and lead in paint.
In addition, Environmental Service Laboratories was recognized at the annual SBA Awards Luncheon, receiving the inaugural Chairman’s Award for Pittsburgh Impact Companies. (You can read more about that here). CEO Elizabeth Gregg and COO Michael Moyer recently appeared on the Sunday morning news show Our Region’s Business. View the video below to hear directly from Gregg and Moyer.