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Pace Analytical Services, Inc., Purchases ZymaX Forensics Laboratory in Escondido, CA

Acquisition Will Expand Laboratory Operations in Southern California and Strengthen Pace’s Market Leadership in Environmental Testing

Minneapolis, MN, August 1, 2013 (Pace Analytical Services, Inc.) Pace Analytical, the second largest environmental testing firm in the U.S., announces the acquisition of ZymaX Forensics laboratory located in Escondido, CA, from DPRA—a high level consulting business that specializes in developing software and systems to create solutions to complex logistical, technical, environmental and management problems. ZymaX Forensics is an internationally respected environmental and geochemical laboratory offering state-of-the-art forensic isotope analysis. ZymaX specializes in expert witness and litigation support for consultants, industry, attorneys and insurance companies in the assessment/remediation/litigation of spills in the environment. The addition of this capability will support our oil and gas remediation customers around the country and expand our laboratory operations in Southern California, adding a strategic geographic location to support our west coast customers. The acquisition of ZymaX broadens our extensive specialty service offerings to include more capabilities for soil and groundwater contamination, especially for hydrocarbon and other organic contamination.

ZymaX Forensics provides Pace Analytical customers with Forensic Isotope Analysis, Hydrocarbon Fuel Identification and Gas Geochemistry. With a staff of three experienced Ph.D. Chemists and Environmental Geochemists, Pace will now offer litigation support and expert witness testimony.

Joining the Pace staff will be Dr. Shantan Lu, Director of Petroleum Geochemistry, with 25 years of experience; Dr. Alan Jeffrey, Senior Environmental Forensics Consultant, with over 20 years of experience; and Dr. Yi Wang, Director of ZymaX Forensics Isotope Laboratory, with 20 years of experience.

ZymaX Forensics will be aligned with our Pittsburgh, PA, laboratory because of complementary services. Dennis Leeke, our General Manager in Pittsburgh, will oversee operations between the two labs.

Comment from Steve Vanderboom, Pace Analytical CEO: “I am confident that our customers will appreciate the technical depth and breadth of services that they can now receive from Pace Analytical due to the ZymaX acquisition. This is also an excellent strategic fit with Pace’s existing capabilities and one our customers will value.”

About Pace Analytical
For 35 years, Pace Analytical has provided comprehensive analytical testing and emergency disaster response services to a broad range of clients, markets and industries. Today, Pace Analytical is recognized as the industry’s second largest environmental testing firm in the United States, operating a nationwide network of nineteen laboratories, three specialty services laboratories and twenty service centers. Pace prides itself in providing both national and local coverage with exceptional service, legally defensible data, and convenient/reliable online data management. Pace’s specialty analytical services include air toxics, vapor intrusion, biota analysis, sediment testing, dioxin/furan analysis, drinking water analysis, UCMR-3 testing, radiochemistry and now forensics.