A distinguished panel of U.S. and global water quality experts will be on hand Thursday, Oct. 10 for Environmental Health Laboratories' (EHL) open house in South Bend, Ind. EHL, the water testing division of Underwriters Laboratories (UL), is the nation's leading provider in the microbiological and chemical analysis of drinking water.
During the open house, UL President and CEO Loring Knoblauch will dedicate the EHL facility as a UL Global Center of Analytical Excellence -- a symbol of UL and EHL's joint commitment to drinking water safety. Following the open house, Knoblauch will moderate a round table discussion with water quality experts from the Indiana Department of Environmental Management, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Delta Faucet Company, Canadian Water and Wastewater Association and others. Critical topics of discussion include the quality of the world's drinking water and UL's role during the next 20 years.
Since UL acquired EHL in April 2001, the size of the lab has more than tripled from 26,000 sq. ft. to 78,000 sq. ft. The acquisition of EHL added drinking water analysis to UL's growing portfolio of environmental and public health certification programs. UL's current environmental and public health services
include testing and certification of food service equipment, drinking water system components, component materials and treatment additives.
"EHL's current staff of 107 employees may find themselves rattling around a bit in much of the yet unoccupied space," said Jerry Thoma, president of EHL. "But we now have room for the organized and planned growth we have envisioned."