||Atlantic Analytical was started in 1988, by Bruce
Gollob, Dr. Fred Gollob and Victor Given, as an extension of Gollob
Analytical Services (GAS), which was founded in 1963 by Dr. Fred
GAS was established as the sole laboratory in the U.S. to specialize
in gas analysis and the only commercial laboratory, at that time,
to have a mass spectrometer. It also specialized in unusual, or
difficult, problems. These came from a variety of different areas,
e.g. industrial hygiene, air and water pollution, leak detection,
pyrolysis studies, arson/explosion investigations, gases in hermetic
devices, gases in metals and solids, radioactive gas analysis,
identification and determination of unknown and trace contaminants
in gases, and testing and certification of medical gas distribution
Our mission was to build on the expertise of GAS, and to continue
to provide customers with the highest level of service that any
analytical laboratory could provide.
When its doors opened it had 1 Gas Chromatograph and 1 Mass Spectrometer,
which were immediately put to good use.
During the first year, Dave Latter and Richard Frisch joined the
team. DSCC “Suitability” was granted and has been maintained
with uninterrupted approval, which sets Atlantic
from the other ‘Suitable’ labs.
In the second year, a major gas supplier learnt of Atlantic
Analytical’s existence and approached us to see if we could solve some of the
larger technical problems with their products for the beverage
industry. We were able to develop methods that were validated,
and approved for the determination of carbon dioxide impurities
and most of these methods were later adopted by the ISBT (International
Society of Beverage Technology - www.bevtech.org)
and, to this day, are contained in their guidelines for testing.
Other companies soon followed, including another major gas supplier
that asked us to perform all of their high purity LIN, LOX, LAR
testing. Our relatively small size, lower overheads, and increased
flexibility allowed us to provide this supplier with quality work
and excellent turn around times, at a fair price.
Expansion into other areas of testing came when we received a
variety of requests from other companies, including natural and
fuel gas suppliers. Additionally air analyses were taken on for
environmental and compressed breathing air applications, and with
the intense need to explore and promote the feasibility of using
hydrogen in fuel cells, many of these companies also came to us
for our expertise in hydrogen testing. Most recently, approaches
from pharmaceutical companies asking us to help them solve their
technical gas problems, has led us into the FDA compliance area.
We have been established for over 40 years, and have become a
highly diverse company. Our success, and our customers’ successes,
comes from our ability to listen and communicate effectively which
enables us to fully understand and provide solutions to tough technical
problems, quickly and efficiently.