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Montrose Acquires Lab That Specializes in ‘Forever Chemicals’

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Montrose Environmental Group Inc. of North Little Rock (NYSE: MEG) announced Friday that it acquired Frontier Analytical Laboratories of El Dorado Hills, California.

Frontier, founded in 2001, specializes in analysis of persistent organic pollutants, also known as “forever chemicals,” that are resistant to environmental degradation. That includes dioxins and furans, and chemical compounds known as polychlorinated biphenyls that have been linked to cancer, immune disorders, birth defects and other serious health issues. 

Financial terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

Frontier’s leadership, including vice presidents Bradley Silverbush and Tom Crabtree, will join Montrose. The business will be integrated into the company’s measurement and analysis segment and operate as part of Enthalpy Analytical LLC, a subsidiary of Montrose. Frontier’s team of chemists and analysts will begin working of an Enthalpy lab in the El Dorado Hills area.

“As environmental regulations are pushed lower and lower, adding a team of chemists and technicians with the ability to measure pollutants at single part per quadrillion (ppq) levels helps Enthalpy and Montrose support our clients nationally,” Bryan Tyler, senior vice president of environmental laboratories at Enthalpy, said in a news release. “Similar to Enthalpy, Frontier has a rich, decades-long history in analytical chemistry and providing clients with high quality, timely and defensible data with impeccable customer service. We are excited to have this talented team join us in our environmental mission.”

The acquisition is Montrose’s fourth in the past year. 

In December, the environmental services firm announced it had purchased Huco Consulting Inc. of Houston, a privately held environment consulting firm. Montrose in September announced the acquisition of California-based AirKinetics, which offers emissions testing services to industry and government customers. A month earlier, Montrose purchased TriAD Environmental Consultants, a small environmental consulting firm with a focus on the Southeast U.S. 

Montrose has more than 2,500 employees across 75 locations around the world. The company, which moved its headquarters to Arkansas in 2021 after acquiring CTEH of North Little Rock, aims to help its business clients understand, measure and manage their environmental footprint or risk.

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