UL Acquires Premier Water Testing Laboratory

Acquisition of Environmental Health Laboratories Increases UL's Capability To

Address Environmental and Public Health Issues



Apr 12, 2001, 01:00 ET from Underwriters Laboratories Inc.

    NORTHBROOK, Ill., April 12 /PRNewswire/ -- As part of its ongoing mission
 of working for a safer world, Underwriters Laboratories Inc. (UL), one of the
 world's foremost product safety testing and certification organizations,
 announced the acquisition of Environmental Health Laboratories (EHL).  Located
 in South Bend, Ind., EHL is one of the nation's leading facilities for
 compliance testing and analysis of drinking water.
     Acquired as a new division, EHL provides chemical and microbiological
 analyses of drinking water for municipalities throughout the U.S.  The
 company is accredited in 47 states and Puerto Rico, and has helped more than
 7,000 public water supplies, both domestic and abroad, comply with the U.S.
 Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA).  In addition, EHL provides similar services
 for environmental engineers, government agencies, water and beverage bottlers,
 industrial clients, and other laboratories.
     The acquisition of EHL adds analysis of drinking water samples in
 accordance with requirements of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to
 UL's growing portfolio of environmental and public health certification
 programs.  UL's current environmental and public health services include the
 testing and certification of food service equipment, drinking water system
 components, component materials and treatment additives.
     "UL has been on the leading edge of public safety for more than 107 years.
 Furthering our capabilities in the environmental health arena is the next
 logical step in enhancing our safety mission," said Todd Denison, general
 manager of UL's Environmental and Public Health program.  "The acquisition of
 one of the premier drinking water test facilities in the country acknowledges
 that water safety -- especially drinking water -- is a major concern for all
 of us and cannot be taken for granted.  It allows UL to provide a wider range
 of services and strengthens our collective efforts in working for a safer
 world."
     "We are extremely proud of our efforts to assist thousands of public water
 supplies in providing safe drinking water to U.S. consumers," said Jerry
 Thoma, president of EHL.  "When we looked at the best way to extend our
 expertise into the global community, there was no better fit than a
 partnership with an organization that shared our commitment to public safety.
 With UL's global presence, name recognition and stellar reputation, we look
 forward to moving beyond our borders and assisting water supplies worldwide."
     The acquisition allows EHL access to UL's global network of customers,
 laboratories, inspection centers and standards development expertise.  UL
 plans to expand EHL's testing capabilities, continue to support research of
 contaminants that cannot readily be measured by current technology, and
 potentially develop a global standard for drinking water.
     "Together, EHL and UL will work toward certifying that more of the world's
 water, our most precious and necessary resource, is safe for all of us," Thoma
 added.
     Denison notes that the acquisition is another example of UL's commitment
 to environmental and public health efforts.  In October 2000, UL introduced
 a new EPH Mark to further assist public health regulatory authorities in
 determining the meaning and status of the certification for products.  UL also
 recently signed an agreement of cooperation with the Water Quality Association
 (WQA), an independent third-party water industry trade association, that
 permits the exchange of test data between the two organizations.
 For more information on UL's ongoing EPH programs, visit
 http://www.ul.com/eph .
 
     Underwriters Laboratories Inc. (UL) is an independent, not-for-profit
 organization that has evaluated products, materials and systems in the
 interest of public safety for more than 105 years.  More than 17 billion UL
 Marks appear on products each year, and more than 18,000 types of products are
 tested at UL's five U.S. laboratories located in Northbrook, IL; Melville, NY;
 Santa Clara, Calif.; Research Triangle Park, NC; and Camas, Wash.  Worldwide,
 the UL family of companies includes more than 190 inspection centers in 72
 countries; an affiliate in Canada; and subsidiaries in Mexico, Brazil and
 countries throughout Europe and Asia. For more information, visit
 http://www.ul.com .
 
 

SOURCE Underwriters Laboratories Inc.
    NORTHBROOK, Ill., April 12 /PRNewswire/ -- As part of its ongoing mission
 of working for a safer world, Underwriters Laboratories Inc. (UL), one of the
 world's foremost product safety testing and certification organizations,
 announced the acquisition of Environmental Health Laboratories (EHL).  Located
 in South Bend, Ind., EHL is one of the nation's leading facilities for
 compliance testing and analysis of drinking water.
     Acquired as a new division, EHL provides chemical and microbiological
 analyses of drinking water for municipalities throughout the U.S.  The
 company is accredited in 47 states and Puerto Rico, and has helped more than
 7,000 public water supplies, both domestic and abroad, comply with the U.S.
 Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA).  In addition, EHL provides similar services
 for environmental engineers, government agencies, water and beverage bottlers,
 industrial clients, and other laboratories.
     The acquisition of EHL adds analysis of drinking water samples in
 accordance with requirements of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to
 UL's growing portfolio of environmental and public health certification
 programs.  UL's current environmental and public health services include the
 testing and certification of food service equipment, drinking water system
 components, component materials and treatment additives.
     "UL has been on the leading edge of public safety for more than 107 years.
 Furthering our capabilities in the environmental health arena is the next
 logical step in enhancing our safety mission," said Todd Denison, general
 manager of UL's Environmental and Public Health program.  "The acquisition of
 one of the premier drinking water test facilities in the country acknowledges
 that water safety -- especially drinking water -- is a major concern for all
 of us and cannot be taken for granted.  It allows UL to provide a wider range
 of services and strengthens our collective efforts in working for a safer
 world."
     "We are extremely proud of our efforts to assist thousands of public water
 supplies in providing safe drinking water to U.S. consumers," said Jerry
 Thoma, president of EHL.  "When we looked at the best way to extend our
 expertise into the global community, there was no better fit than a
 partnership with an organization that shared our commitment to public safety.
 With UL's global presence, name recognition and stellar reputation, we look
 forward to moving beyond our borders and assisting water supplies worldwide."
     The acquisition allows EHL access to UL's global network of customers,
 laboratories, inspection centers and standards development expertise.  UL
 plans to expand EHL's testing capabilities, continue to support research of
 contaminants that cannot readily be measured by current technology, and
 potentially develop a global standard for drinking water.
     "Together, EHL and UL will work toward certifying that more of the world's
 water, our most precious and necessary resource, is safe for all of us," Thoma
 added.
     Denison notes that the acquisition is another example of UL's commitment
 to environmental and public health efforts.  In October 2000, UL introduced
 a new EPH Mark to further assist public health regulatory authorities in
 determining the meaning and status of the certification for products.  UL also
 recently signed an agreement of cooperation with the Water Quality Association
 (WQA), an independent third-party water industry trade association, that
 permits the exchange of test data between the two organizations.
 For more information on UL's ongoing EPH programs, visit
 http://www.ul.com/eph .
 
     Underwriters Laboratories Inc. (UL) is an independent, not-for-profit
 organization that has evaluated products, materials and systems in the
 interest of public safety for more than 105 years.  More than 17 billion UL
 Marks appear on products each year, and more than 18,000 types of products are
 tested at UL's five U.S. laboratories located in Northbrook, IL; Melville, NY;
 Santa Clara, Calif.; Research Triangle Park, NC; and Camas, Wash.  Worldwide,
 the UL family of companies includes more than 190 inspection centers in 72
 countries; an affiliate in Canada; and subsidiaries in Mexico, Brazil and
 countries throughout Europe and Asia. For more information, visit
 http://www.ul.com .
 
 SOURCE  Underwriters Laboratories Inc.