RSS Feed http://ana-lab.com This is an RSS Feed en Mon, 11 Dec 2017 01:52:52 +0000 Mon, 11 Dec 2017 01:52:52 +0000 5 http://ana-lab.com/blog/post/ana-lab-hires-new-president-ceo-mel-yarbrough Ana-Lab Hires New President & CEO Mel Yarbrough http://ana-lab.com/blog/post/ana-lab-hires-new-president-ceo-mel-yarbrough <p><img class="fr-fin fr-dib" alt="Image title" src="/uploads/blog/97b08424efd68aec57ee523dab47ee14e834eefd.jpg" width="300"></p><p>Mel Yarbrough has been named as the new President and CEO of Ana-Lab Corp., the fifteenth largest environmental company in the nation.&nbsp; Yarbrough replaces Dr. Weldon McFarland who will continue to serve the company as Senior Scientist on a part-time, semi-retired basis.<br> <br> “After advertising the opening for a new leader for our company, we narrowed the search to four final candidates,” Dr. McFarland said.&nbsp; “The ultimate selection of Mel Yarbrough was due to his strong background in growing sales, revenues, and profitability.”&nbsp; Yarbrough has over 20 years of leadership experience in high-growth sales and marketing for both large and small companies, including Hoovers (Dun &amp; Bradstreet) and Handango. </p><p> </p><p>Yarbrough comes to Ana-Lab from his position as CEO for File &amp; ServeXpress, an industry-leading legal software and services company.&nbsp; While there, he developed corporate enterprise strategy and led all day-to-day operations and initiatives.</p><p> </p><p> Prior to his work at File &amp; Serve Xpress, Yarbrough served as COO at Towerstream (TWER) and took the company from being a small wireless Internet service provider to a nationally recognized, NASDAQ listed, 4G and WiFi mobile wireless service provider.&nbsp; By developing an improved sales and marketing platform for the company, he was able to increase new revenue in an impressive way;&nbsp; Towerstream’s annual revenue stream grew from approximately $6 million to over $32 million in roughly six years.&nbsp; </p><p> </p><p> </p><!--[if !supportLineBreakNewLine]--><p> “My background is in growing companies, and I’m excited about being here at Ana-Lab,” Yarbrough said.&nbsp; “This company has so much potential, and I’ve quickly learned that the people who work here really care about the company, about their clients, and about each other, too.&nbsp; We’re already doing a lot right, in terms of having integrity in our data and continually striving for improvement.&nbsp; That said, I can see some areas where we can make improvements that will be beneficial for all concerned.”</p><p> </p><p> A native of East Texas, Yarbrough grew up in Longview and is a graduate of Pine Tree High School.&nbsp; From there, he went to SMU for a bachelor’s degree in economics and business, followed by earning a law degree from Vanderbilt.&nbsp; Eventually, he turned his focus to business and has since enjoyed the challenges and rewards of helping businesses grow and become more profitable.&nbsp; </p><p> </p><!--[if !supportLineBreakNewLine]--><p> </p><!--[endif]--><p> </p> Mon, 30 Oct 2017 05:00:00 +0000 http://ana-lab.com/blog/post/ana-lab-receives-customer-service-award Ana-Lab Receives Customer Service Award http://ana-lab.com/blog/post/ana-lab-receives-customer-service-award <p><img alt="Image title" class="fr-fin fr-dib" src="/uploads/blog/d8dbf9a9987205d4b0f8dbc148fa9ab6ac0fcee6.JPG" width="300"></p><p>Ana-Lab Corp. has been notified that it is one of only fourteen (14) laboratories nationwide -- and the<em> only </em>Texas-based lab -- to earn the 2017 American Council of Independent Laboratories (ACIL) Customer Quality Service Award.&nbsp; Developed in 1996 to address the industry's quality issues and recognize those laboratories with exemplary quality performance, this award program provides laboratory data users with a mechanism to evaluate testing laboratories.&nbsp; </p><p><br></p><p> “Participants commit to ensuring data integrity, meeting customers’ quality needs, and setting performance standards for the testing laboratory industry,” said Marlene Moore, program administrator.&nbsp;</p><p><br></p><p> “No other evaluation program ranks customer satisfaction with laboratory services and requires laboratory management to commit to a data integrity program,” Ms. Moore said.&nbsp; “As recipients of the ACIL Customer Quality Service Award, laboratories have demonstrated commitment to quality and customer service.”</p><p><br></p><p> “This is Ana-Lab’s thirteenth time to receive the ACIL award,” said Dr. Weldon McFarland, Ana-Lab CEO.&nbsp; “This particular award means a lot to us because it is based on anonymous customer surveys, and those customers have apparently rated us highly once again.&nbsp; Data integrity and customer satisfaction are two of our big goals, so it’s gratifying to get affirmation that we’re on the right track.”</p><p><br></p><p> Based in Washington, D.C., ACIL is not affiliated with any institution, company, or trade group that might affect their ability to conduct investigations, render reports, or give professional, objective, and unbiased counsel.</p><p><br></p><!--[if !supportLineBreakNewLine]--><p><br></p><!--[endif]--><p><br></p> Fri, 06 Oct 2017 05:00:00 +0000 http://ana-lab.com/blog/post/sfa-students-tour-ana-lab-corp SFA Students Tour Ana-Lab Corp. http://ana-lab.com/blog/post/sfa-students-tour-ana-lab-corp <p><br></p><p><img alt="Dr. McFarland with SFA students" class="fr-image-dropped fr-fil fr-dib" src="/uploads/blog/b6e5d214df70ac22c322ff43c866c42d5224cac2.jpg" width="300"><img class="fr-image-dropped fr-fil fr-dib" src="/uploads/blog/ddfaf85a58bd16f190f082a730bd9edb6db6a2df.jpg" width="300">Thirty-two Environmental Science students from Stephen F. Austin State University (SFA) took tours of the lab facilities at Ana-Lab Corp. on Friday, September 22.&nbsp; Tours were directed by Ana-Lab’s CEO Dr. Weldon McFarland, as well as Lab Manager Will Boyd.&nbsp; Students were accompanied by Dr. Sheryll Jerez, an associate professor in the College of Forestry and Agriculture at SFA.<br><br> “My goal in bringing my students to Ana-Lab was to enhance their understanding of the different aspects of environmental sampling and analysis,” Dr. Jerez said.&nbsp; “My students said afterward that it was an enjoyable and informative experience for them, and I strongly concur.”<br><br> “We really enjoyed having the students visit us,” said Robyn Irving, Director of Communications and Public Relations for Ana-Lab.&nbsp; “They were very courteous and well mannered, which speaks well of them individually, and also represents SFA in a positive way.&nbsp; We were impressed!”<br><br> “Dr. Weldon (McFarland) and Will (Boyd) both told me that the students asked a lot of very good questions during the tour, and they (students) seemed truly interested and anxious to learn,” Mrs. Irving said.&nbsp; “It’s encouraging to know that we have a good number of young people who want to work to protect and preserve the environment.”<br><br> “I really liked getting to walk through the lab and seeing ‘behind the scenes,’ learning about how samples are tested,” said Sarah Hall, a sophomore from Spring.<br><br> “I enjoyed seeing all the different instruments and hearing about the tests that can be performed with them,” said Cooper Kirklin, a junior from Richardson.<br><br> “Seeing tests being run right in front of us was pretty cool,” added David Lee, a senior from Flower Mound.<br><br> “I especially liked being able to go into each section of the lab and see the track a sample would follow to be tested,” said Nicky Vermeersch, a sophomore from Garland.<br><br> “The tour experience was thorough, and the employees and tour guides were friendly and knowledgeable,” said Bobby Swien, a junior from Woodville.&nbsp; <br><br> The touring students are all taking a course called Environmental Measurements, according to Dr. Jerez.&nbsp; “It was very helpful for my students to see how sample analysis is done in the real world by professionals,” she said.&nbsp; <br><br><!--[if !supportLineBreakNewLine]--><!--[endif]--></p> Tue, 26 Sep 2017 05:00:00 +0000 http://ana-lab.com/blog/post/science-teachers-visit-ana-lab-corp Science Teachers Visit Ana-Lab Corp. http://ana-lab.com/blog/post/science-teachers-visit-ana-lab-corp <p><img alt="Image title" class="fr-fin fr-dib" src="/uploads/blog/c99f6ec2fd76057a120f830fa6fb1bf3591f00ed.jpg" width="300"></p><p><img alt="Image title" class="fr-image-dropped fr-fin fr-dib" src="/uploads/blog/ee304288d9cfdd65984335049d598d820a6ced31.jpg" width="300"><br></p><p>Twenty-six East Texas area science teachers, along with representatives from Ana-Lab Corp., Region 7 Education Service Center, Eastman Chemical Company, and Flint Hills Resources, took part in a four-day workshop for STI – Science Teachers &amp; Technology.&nbsp; This was the third year for the workshop, which was conducted Tuesday through Friday (July 18-21) and included visits to several East Texas industries and one landfill, according to Michelle Holyfield, event coordinator representing Eastman. Ms. Holyfield is Team Leader for Responsible Care and Compliance at Eastman.</p><p>“The workshop is designed to help 6<sup style="font-weight: lighter;">th</sup> through 12<sup style="font-weight: lighter;">th</sup> grade Texas educators learn about the importance of the chemical industry, as well as provide them with a balanced view of environmental issues and workforce opportunities in the industry,” Ms. Holyfield explained. “It also gives them activities related to chemistry that they can take back to their classrooms.”</p><p>The Ana-Lab portion of the four-day event was on Thursday and included lab tours and a catered lunch.&nbsp; The teachers and other guests were divided into three tour groups led by Ana-Lab employees.</p><p>Following the Ana-Lab lab tours and lunch, participants engaged in a question-and-answer session.&nbsp; “This was another group of strong, committed educators,” said Robyn Irving, Dir. of Communications for Ana-Lab Corp.&nbsp; “I appreciated their level of enthusiasm, and I thanked them for their commitment to the teaching profession.&nbsp; In my view, we can never thank teachers enough.”&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;</p><p>Dr. Aaron Gardner, a secondary science teacher from Jacksonville ISD, said he gleaned a lot during the four-day event.&nbsp; “I enjoyed the hands-on projects, as well as the field trips to Eastman, Flint Hills, the landfill, and Ana-Lab,” Dr. Gardner said.&nbsp; “I learned some new aspects of chemistry and how it is used on a daily basis.&nbsp; This has been a very fascinating and educational experience.”</p><p>Dana Hill, a chemistry teacher from Harmony ISD, was also enthusiastic.&nbsp; “I really enjoyed seeing the application of what is taught in the classroom in a ‘real world’ setting.&nbsp; Seeing the lab operations and the use of equipment and science skills will help me answer that burning student question of ‘So when am I ever going to use this?’,” she said.</p><p>A New Diana teacher, Jeff Barrett, added, “It was great talking with the employees at the toured businesses.&nbsp; It will help me guide students who are interested in pursuing careers in the chemical industry.”</p><p>“As an educator, we don’t always experience the ‘real world’ application,” said Summer Willis of Cumberland Academy in Tyler.&nbsp; “Seeing all the opportunities for our students has been enlightening.&nbsp; It was also refreshing to see local people with varying levels of education being utilized.”</p><p>“This has been an excellent in-service,” said Loren Lykins of Carlisle ISD.&nbsp; “We’ve had great tours of production, manufacturing, and laboratory facilities, as well as informative presentations and hands-on activities provided by knowledgeable presenters.”</p><p>Teachers who completed the full four days will receive 27 hours of continuing education credit, Ms. Holyfield noted.&nbsp; Districts represented were Alba-Golden, Beckville, Carlisle, Cumberland Academy, Cushing, Harleton, Harmony, Hawkins, Henderson, Jacksonville, Kilgore, Longview, Marshall, Martinsville, Mineola, Nacogdoches, New Diana, New Summerfield, Pine Tree, Sabine, San Augustine, West Rusk, West Sabine, and Westwood.</p><p>“This year’s workshop has been very well received by the teachers,” Ms. Holyfield said. “I think the tours were especially impactful as the teachers could see the chemical industry and labs in person and talk to their employees about what they do.&nbsp; The teachers can now go back to their students and give them ideas about local career opportunities, many of which require only a two-year degree.”</p><p>“I’d like to thank the participating businesses for their help, and especially the staff at Region 7 ESC for once again doing an incredible job of hosting us at their conference center,” Ms. Holyfield added.</p><p><br></p><p>&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;</p> Fri, 21 Jul 2017 05:00:00 +0000 http://ana-lab.com/blog/post/ana-lab-gives-5000-grants-to-two-cities Ana-Lab Gives $5,000 Grants to Two Cities http://ana-lab.com/blog/post/ana-lab-gives-5000-grants-to-two-cities <!--StartFragment--><p>Two East Texas cities – Carthage and Maud – have each received a monetary award from Ana-Lab Corporation of Kilgore. The Charles H. Whiteside Municipal Grants, named for Ana-Lab’s founder, are $5,000 cash awards given to deserving cities based on a nomination and application process.</p><p><img class="fr-fin fr-dib" alt="Image title" src="/uploads/blog/a00fd1c351ad9d03794be2257b8e25052f1c0dbf.jpg" width="300"></p><p>Byron Roberts, superintendent over Water and Waste Water operations for the City of Carthage, accepted the award for Carthage on May 12.</p><p>“We so appreciate being selected to receive this money,” Roberts said upon being presented the check by Ana-Lab CEO Dr. Weldon McFarland. “We will use it to upgrade our ammonia system, and we also have repairs to do on our waste water security, so we’re going to get those done, too.”</p><p> </p><p>Carthage City Manager Steve Williams was one of several city employees on hand for the Carthage presentation, and he joined Roberts in thanking Ana-Lab. “Y’all know how it is,” he said to the Ana-Lab representatives, “the need for money never ends, and so many things related to this (water) industry are extremely expensive. This grant will definitely be helpful and will be used well for the benefit of Carthage.”</p><p> </p><p>Philip Hollis, a manager at Ana-Lab who has known and worked with Roberts for several years, was pleased with the selection of Carthage for the grant. “Byron is a great guy,” Hollis said. “He and his crew are very knowledgeable and easy to work with, and I’m glad they are getting this money.”<br><img class="fr-fin fr-dib" alt="Image title" src="/uploads/blog/72c33f24e1b738f508389c9c0ccac869f3ef1c82.jpg" width="300"><br><br></p><p> </p><p>Teresa Embry, Chief Waste Water operator for the City of Maud, was the person who submitted an application for the City of Maud after being nominated by Ana-Lab field scientist Troy White.</p><p> </p><p>“I nominated Teresa because she is top notch in every way,” White said. “She always goes above and beyond, even when I’ve known of personal circumstances that would have kept other people from continuing to work. Her dedication is extremely impressive, and I’m thrilled that she and the City of Maud are getting this grant money.”</p><p> </p><p>Dr. McFarland congratulated Ms. Embry during a grant presentation on May 17.</p><p> </p><p>“Your (Ms. Embry’s) application was very impressive, and I could tell you had put a lot of thought and effort into it,” Dr. McFarland said. “We know how expensive running a water system is, and we thought we’d – as a company -- give back a little bit to help. We trust this grant will be used to keep your system operating efficiently.”</p><p> </p><p>“To me, this is not just a job,” Ms. Embry told Dr. McFarland. “I have children and grandchildren in this town. I know how important clean water is, and I take pride in keeping our water clean.”</p><p> </p><p>“I was honored to be nominated, and even more honored to be chosen,” Ms. Embry said. “We always have needs, and they’re always expensive. This is so much appreciated, I’m really thrilled!”</p><p> </p><p>In addition to their checks, Dr. McFarland presented each recipient with a framed certificate to commemorate the occasion.</p><!--EndFragment--> Mon, 22 May 2017 05:00:00 +0000 http://ana-lab.com/blog/post/leadership-changes-announced Leadership changes announced http://ana-lab.com/blog/post/leadership-changes-announced <p>Ana-Lab Corp. has made a couple of changes in leadership since January 1, 2017...</p><p><br></p><p><img alt="Image title" class="fr-fin fr-dii" src="/uploads/blog/2d4126ad9f83191d162f8ef66674924f35561217.jpg" width="196"></p><p>Will Boyd has been named Laboratory Manager.&nbsp; Will has over 19 years of experience in all areas of the laboratory.&nbsp; Prior to his promotion, Will had been supervising the Metals Department and providing expertise to our wet-bench group.<br><br></p><p><br></p><p><br></p><p><img alt="Image title" class="fr-image-dropped fr-fin fr-dii" src="/uploads/blog/b85e8d27c211a476d0a7c72f1371885f8be8c058.jpg" title="Image title" width="206"></p><p>Kathy Tarver has been named Login supervisor.&nbsp; "Kat," as she is known here at the lab, has over 17 years of experience and has been acting as the supervisor of Login for many years.&nbsp; She brings a wealth of information and experience to help our clients.</p> Wed, 01 Mar 2017 06:00:00 +0000 http://ana-lab.com/blog/post/new-hi-speed-internet-for-ana-lab-corp New Hi-Speed Internet for Ana-Lab Corp. http://ana-lab.com/blog/post/new-hi-speed-internet-for-ana-lab-corp <p>With a goal of providing the <i>best possible service</i> to our clients, Ana-Lab has recently installed our own fiber-optic Internet service at the company headquarters and lab in Kilgore, TX.</p><p> </p><p>We had always had limitations with our Internet services even with cable and T-1 lines.&nbsp; Thankfully, we have now gone “live” with the new fiber-optic service on most of our equipment and are converting the rest over as fast as we can.</p><p> </p><p>This new system gives us 100Mbs upload and 100Mbs download, which is a significant improvement over the service we have had in the past.</p><p> </p><p>Improving our system’s speed should allow our clients that use our LDS system to retrieve and review their data significantly faster.</p><p> </p><p>This is an investment in providing quality services to our clients, and it is a result of one of stated company goals:&nbsp; continual improvement.&nbsp; </p><p> </p><p>Don’t forget to explore our updated website <a href="http://www.ana-lab.com">www.ana-lab.com</a>.</p> Mon, 27 Feb 2017 06:00:00 +0000 http://ana-lab.com/blog/post/ana-lab-wins-chili-cook-off Ana-Lab Wins Chili Cook-off! http://ana-lab.com/blog/post/ana-lab-wins-chili-cook-off <!--StartFragment--><p><img class="fr-fin fr-dib" alt="Image title" src="/uploads/blog/c6f217e180b557a4e01a152fab1aa318f859c23a.jpg" width="300" title="Image title"></p><p>Time for a little Monday morning brag session! No, we didn't win the Oscars, but Ana-Lab Corp. DID win **1st place** in the Southwest Chapter 6th Annual ESOP Chili Cook-off against 15 other teams!</p><p>The chili contest was held Friday, February 24, in Irving, TX, and was sponsored by Inland Truck Parts &amp; Service. This was Ana-Lab's first time to take part, so it was especially gratifying to bring home the First Place win!</p><p>Note: For those unfamiliar with ESOP, it stands for Employee Stock Ownership Plan, which has to do with being an employee-owned company.</p><p>Hats off to the entire Ana-Lab team! Pictured standing (L-R) are Deric Nowlin, Elaine Tinkler, Scott Moss (chief chili cook), and Matthew Hardin. Also pictured is team mascot Sloan Moss, infant son of Scott. (The cute factor may or may not have given our team a slight edge with the judges...&nbsp;<span title="smile emoticon"><img alt="" class="fr-dii fr-fin" height="16" src="https://www.facebook.com/images/emoji.php/v7/f4c/1/16/1f642.png" width="16"></span>&nbsp;)</p><!--EndFragment--> Mon, 27 Feb 2017 06:00:00 +0000 http://ana-lab.com/blog/post/welcome-to-our-web-site Welcome to our web site! http://ana-lab.com/blog/post/welcome-to-our-web-site <p>In an effort to keep you up-to-date on Ana-Lab services and industry news, we have developed this new, responsive website.&nbsp; It is user-friendly and easily accessible via pc’s, smart phones, tablets, etc.</p><p>Please take time to explore the website and see what is now available.&nbsp; The Frequently Asked Questions <a href="http://www.ana-lab.com/our-services/faq/"><u>(FAQ)</u></a> may be of special interest.</p> Tue, 21 Feb 2017 06:00:00 +0000 http://ana-lab.com/blog/post/denton-school-contracts-with-ana-lab-for-water-testing Denton School Contracts with Ana-Lab for Water Testing http://ana-lab.com/blog/post/denton-school-contracts-with-ana-lab-for-water-testing <!--StartFragment--><p><img alt="Image title" class="fr-image-dropped fr-image-move fr-fin fr-dib" src="/uploads/blog/dae6cfd36d4655b0b9cd2b5c4106fad0ff63ff24.jpg" width="415"></p><p><br> (Article from Denton Record-Chronicle, written by <em>CAITLYN JONES, reporter</em>)<br><br> Several area school districts tested their water fountains after Dallas and Fort Worth ISDs found elevated traces of lead in some of their lines.</p><p>Though the Environmental Protection Agency doesn’t advocate a “safe” amount of lead in water, it doesn’t require action until levels exceed 15 parts per billion, or .015 milligrams per liter.</p><p>Schools aren’t required by the agency to test water fountains but are encouraged to take action if levels reach 20 parts per billion.</p><p>When Denton ISD officials realized that fountains at Evers Park Elementary School were the same brand used in Fort Worth schools, they took water samples in October to check lead levels.</p><p>According to lab test results, the highest level found at Evers Elementary was .0032 milligrams per liter, well below the federal standard of .015 milligrams per liter.</p><p>The district also tested structures built during or before 1968 and found levels significantly below federal standards.</p><p>This included Ginnings Elementary School, Strickland Middle School, Stephens Central Administration Building, Denton High School, Calhoun Middle School, Special Education Services, Newton Rayzor Elementary School, Borman Elementary School and Wilson Elementary School.</p><p>Denton ISD spokesman Mario Zavala said the district contracted with Ana-Lab Corp. out of Kilgore and spent less than $1,000 on the testing. Because the levels were below EPA limits, Zavala said there are no plans for more testing in the near future.</p><aside style="box-sizing: border-box; display: flex; flex-wrap: wrap; justify-content: space-around; margin-top: 1.0625rem; color: rgb(53, 53, 53); font-family: "></aside><p>Bobby Cary, Krum ISD’s director of maintenance, said the district tested its fountains in September and found its levels below federal standards. Cary added that between 80 percent to 90 percent of the district’s fountains were replaced in 2005.</p><p>Argyle ISD Superintendent Telena Wright said the district’s maintenance department contracts with a lab in Denton and will be taking samples this week.</p><p>The push for testing came after Fort Worth ISD found high levels of lead in 28 schools over the summer and spent $800,000 replacing 500 fountains. District officials said some levels were as high as 88.9 parts per billion.</p><p>Dallas ISD also reported high levels of lead and copper in seven schools earlier this week. The highest concentration of lead found was 160 parts per billion.</p><p>According to the EPA, children consuming water with high levels of lead can cause damage to the brain, red blood cells and kidneys.</p><!--EndFragment--> Fri, 27 Jan 2017 06:00:00 +0000