About Us | History
For the last 20 years, ECCS has been nationally recognized as an authority for analysis of pesticides and PCBs. Our service offerings have multiplied to include a broad range of NELAC accredited analytical testing in our fixed-base and mobile laboratories, as well as niche chemistry consulting services (e.g. data validation, QAPP development, laboratory audits). Our most recent accomplishment was achieving DoD ELAP accreditation in our mobile laboratories.
Mike Linskens founded ECCS in 1991 with a desire to offer customized chemistry consulting services. Our first project involved a local property transfer of a former greenhouse site where ECCS provided testing and clean-up consulting. From there our roots grew and grew!
Within a few years of providing general chemistry consulting including data validation, quality assurance project plan (QAPP) development, laboratory audits, and some specialized testing services, Linskens realized that consultants and engineers need fast access to data. As a former laboratory director, Linskens knew providing on-site testing services would result in faster and more efficient site work. To that end, he directed company resources toward providing high-quality mobile laboratory services. Below are some of the company milestones leading up to today.
|| In 1995, Chris Altstaetter joined the organization as co-owner and vice president of sales and marketing. Also that year, ECCS purchased two mobile laboratories and the company began providing mobile laboratory support for two regional Department of Agriculture programs (Wisconsin and Minnesota) to remediate environmental contamination at farm chemical-related facilities.|
||By 1997, these long-term programs allowed ECCS to establish its fixed-base pesticide residue laboratory, and provided a solid foundation of repeat business to comfortably expand its presence in the mobile laboratory services division. Later that same year, Richard Johnson joined the organization as co-owner and vice president of technical services.|
||From 1998 to 2005, ECCS' mobile laboratory business continued to expand in a logical progression, both in range of projects and breadth of services provided. ECCS etched its business model early on by providing fully-defensible data from its first true mobile laboratory project. This business model proved itself effective, and during this timeframe, ECCS supported larger projects involving multiple assays and multiple onsite laboratories. |
||In 2005, the ECCS owners began to plan for a management transition of the company by hiring Nick Nigro as a Vice President of Sales/Marketing and an active senior manager of the company. Nigro immediately instilled new energy into the management team and the direction of the company. As the current company President since 2007, Nigro brings a focused vision for company growth, employee retention, and exceptional customer service, while maintaining the company's earliest tenet of delivering services that encompass our clients project objectives.|