Environmental services company earns certification

Lab with Hibbing office provides full-service water testing
Robert Borash, RMB’s founder and CEO, with Virginia native Zach Lamppa, RMB principal partner. Submitted photo.

Robert Borash, RMB’s founder and CEO, with Virginia native Zach Lamppa, RMB principal partner. Submitted photo.

RMB Environmental Laboratories Inc., a Minnesota-based privately owned analytical laboratory, announced that it has earned state accreditation as a fullservice organic water testing provider on September 28.

“The organics certification opens up a lot of doors,” said Robert Borash, RMB’s founder and CEO. “It provides our clients the opportunity to use more of our capabilities, instead of using multiple companies to meet their needs.”

Parameters that RMB is certified for include metals, wet chemistry, inorganics, volatile organic compounds (VOCs), semi-volatile organic compounds (SVOCs), and waste characterization methods. RMB is accredited by the National Environmental Laboratory Accreditation Program (NELAP) in potable water (drinking water), nonpotable water (groundwater, wastewater, surface water), solid (soil, sediment, wipes), and hazardous waste.

Borash said RMB can test water from nearly every source as well as provide on-site monitoring, consulting and data-management for clients ranging from municipalities to Minnesota’s most prominent corporate giants to lake associations to private property owners.

Zach Lamppa, a Virginia native and RMB board member, said, “Our client list is growing as people find out about the quality of RMB Environmental Laboratories. “RMB in ways has been a hidden gem in the water testing space with the previous growth coming only from word of mouth. This company really stands out from our competition and it’s exciting to see our expansion onto the Iron Range and the metro.”

While Borash’s expertise is vital for the work being done at RMB’s labs around the state and elsewhere in the region, he says Lamppa’s business acumen has led to much of the company’s vision and growth.

“There is only so much my crew and I can do,” Borash said. “Zach brought the horsepower to the business growth and development, and the networking side of our business. He’s taken a previous company in its infancy from two people to over 400 employees in a matter of a few years. It’s kind of a yin and yang relationship here. We don’t duplicate each other in our strong suits.”

A nonprofit based in Grand Rapids that works to protect roughly 1,000 lakes in Itasca County has been partnering with RMB for many years and credits the company with helping in its clean-water mission.

“It’s been really good to work with RMB,” said David Lick, president of Itasca Waters. “Bob Borash and his team understands advocacy, and they understand that citizens are key to maintaining water quality. We are sitting on some of the most wonderful water in the world, and it’s imperative that we keep our thumb on it.”

Lick is especially impressed with RMB’s ability to collect testing data from many locations and getting it into the right hands.

“Back in 1986, we struggled with always having the data reported to where it needed to go,” he said. “Now that we work with RMB, their experts send it to the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency so everybody can see that data, and that’s important to protecting water quality.”

Borash said environmental testing is an ever evolving and growing industry, and RMB is responding to its clients’ needs as quickly as possible.

RMB is a privately owned analytical laboratory with headquarters in Detroit Lakes, and additional state-certified laboratories in Hibbing and Bloomington. For more information, visit www.rmbel.info or reach customer service at 888- 200-5770. You can also connect via email: robert.borash@rmbel.info or zach.lamppa@rmbel.info.

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