MWH Global announces sale of laboratories

MWH Global has signed a definitive agreement to sell MWH Laboratories to Eurofins Scientific, a company providing analytical testing support to the global environmental sector.

Broomfield, CO, July 17, 2012 – MWH Global has signed a definitive agreement to sell MWH Laboratories to Eurofins Scientific, a company providing analytical testing support to the global environmental sector.

MWH Laboratories is one of the largest water quality laboratory operations in the United States, providing technical services from its 34,000 square-foot-facility in Monrovia, Calif. The sale of MWH Laboratories is expected to leverage Eurofins' global footprint, while complementing its testing services, capabilities and expertise for customers worldwide.

Terms of the agreement were undisclosed.

“MWH believes this move is beneficial for our laboratory clients and employees,” said Daniel McConville, president of MWH business solutions group operations. “Eurofins shares our commitment to water quality, and Eurofins leadership has committed to further expanding service capabilities and enhancing the role of this laboratory as a leader in water quality analytics. We will work with Eurofins to achieve a smooth transition for employees and our clients.”

“Bringing MWH Laboratories’ level of technical sophistication in drinking water analyses into the Eurofins international portfolio is part of an ongoing strategy to add best-in-class capabilities and ultimately provide the absolute best service to our customers,” said Dr. J. Wilson Hershey, chairman of Eurofins Lancaster Laboratories.

Eurofins intends to retain MWH Laboratories management and staff as part of the sale. There are more than 100 employees working at MWH Laboratories. MWH and Eurofins will work together to allow MWH and its clients to benefit from the laboratory and testing service offerings of Eurofins.

MWH will continue to serve clients and offer water quality services through its research arm, led by Dr. Joseph Jacangelo, vice president and director of research. Of note, the MWH research team has led innovative industry research on membrane technology and energy management. With a focus on environmental planning and assessment, MWH research experts have also collaborated on international studies about the energy optimization of water distribution networks and wastewater collection systems.

Immediately following regulatory review and approval, MWH Laboratories will become Eurofins Eaton Analytics, named for Dr. Andrew Eaton, a 32-year veteran at MWH Laboratories, in honor of his industry leadership in water quality analysis and testing.

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