Anderson Laboratories, Inc.
6330 Industrial Loop
Greendale, WI 53129
 
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Celebrating 75 Years of Quality Testing Service!

 
Our Rich History 
 
In the early 1920's, Clarence Krause began working at Cochrane Laboratories in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. In the 1930’s Marvin Buchholz joined Clarence at the same laboratory. It was here that both men learned the analytical testing techniques for metals that were utilized at that time. Later both took positions at Crucible Steel Foundry in Milwaukee where they worked under the guidance of Carl Anderson. Carl performed chemical analysis of metals produced by the foundry and had perfected an analytical testing program within Crucible Steel. Clarence and Marvin would continue to work together for their entire working careers.
 
In 1939, Clarence, Marvin, Carl and others formed Anderson Laboratories, Inc. to provide metallurgical testing for the Milwaukee metals industry. During that time Anderson Laboratories received recognition from the United States Navy as an independent metals testing laboratory. It was that critical event that paved the way for future growth and success of the new company.
 
During the 40’s the lab did its part to support the war effort. Factories were producing record amounts of goods needed for both the Pacific and European theatres of war. Anderson Laboratories worked diligently to support the war effort by monitoring product quality under the direction of U.S. Navy inspectors. This gave Anderson Labs a unique opportunity to perform vital evaluations on many different products whose final destination would be in the hands of our military personnel.  It was during this time that Anderson Labs learned the skills that keep it strong today, helping customers receive valuable and insightful information about their material without slowing down the manufacturing process while waiting for results.
 
The post-war years of the late 1940’s and early 1950’s saw tremendous expansion in the United States and other parts of the world due to the demand for material goods at home and the rebuilding of the destruction overseas. Many new metal alloys such as complex stainless steels, ductile iron, nickel and cobalt based materials were rapidly being developed for a new and expanding industry. High volume testing was required to control these new, and in many cases, experimental alloys. This testing requirement enabled Anderson Labs to play a vital role as a testing facility for foundries and manufacturers. It was then that the first spectrographic instrument was acquired and it was used to analyze wear metals in locomotive oil samples. This gave railroad companies a useful tool to aid in the scheduling of required maintenance. These capabilities were later adapted to evaluate other products. The early 1950’s ushered in a new beginning, as Clarence Krause assumed ownership of Anderson Laboratories after the death of Carl Anderson.
 
Continued growth and expanding industry in the late 50's and 60’s lead to a significant increase in demand for the testing services provided by Anderson Labs. The addition of new personnel and equipment was required to meet the ever expanding demands.  The ability to process metal samples in a timely manner was critical to the customers that used Anderson’s services. Turn-around times began to decrease without losing sight of the quality required to perform those tests. This gave Anderson Labs the opportunity to become a well known and respected leader in material evaluation. In 1965 Clarence Krause’s son, Richard, joined the company and became the President in 1973.
 
Entering the 70’s Anderson Labs concentrated more on developing a national presence. Through recommendations and marketing efforts, Anderson Labs began to partner with industry leaders around the country. This led to the expansion and diversification of the Lab's client base and scope of services on both a national and international level.  Ralph Meyer joined Anderson Labs in 1973 as an assistant to Marvin Buchholz.  He later became General Manager when Mr. Buchholz retired in 1982.
 
As work volume continued to increase in the early 80’s the need for additional space lead to a move to the current site in Greendale, Wisconsin (a Milwaukee suburb). More work and the newly acquired space enabled yet greater equipment and personnel options. To keep up with the increased needs, Anderson Laboratories began to focus on new technologies such as scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and a customized computer data management system (LIMS) as well as new markets including failure analysis and metallography. The company's first CNC turning center was added to increase the throughput of test bars. The purchase of additional equipment such as optical emission, atomic absorption and inductively coupled plasma spectrometers increased the output of the chemistry department.
 
With new momentum and space, Anderson Labs continued to expand into new markets through the 90’s. This lead to the beginning of a weld qualification program and the addition of our first Certified Welding Inspector (CWI) followed by a Senior Certified Welding Inspector (SCWI) who directs all phases of weld testing. Required sectioning of large weld coupons brought about new sawing capabilities in the machine shop area. 
 
The new millennium saw Anderson Laboratories continue to update testing services and acquire various accreditations through A2LA. These quality programs allowed Anderson Labs to build off its already established reputation for excellence and to provide opportunities for new business. 
 
The rich history of Anderson Laboratories, Inc. is based on having an extremely dedicated workforce with the primary goal of helping and serving our customers both locally and internationally.  Our strength is, and always has been, our people, but our success has always been a gift from the Good Lord. The solid reputation that has been established at Anderson Labs since 1939 will continue into the future.