New Building

Whitbeck Labs is excited to announce that we have completed construction on our new laboratory facility.  This new facility will offer us the ability to grow with customer demand and expand our testing capabilities.

Lots of empty spaces, now becoming labs.  Cabinets are going in, ceilings grids are in, the parking lot is paved, and finish work is happening.  The next week or so will be the final touches on the building, the grounds, and all the signage will go up.  Such exciting times!  Watch for more info on the new address and for the date we open the doors.  The picture here is of the new chemistry lab with partial cabinets installed.

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The building continues to progress, daily.  The facility is 90% sheetrocked and the interior spaces are well defined.  This is exciting as we can now truly visualize the final spaces.  On the exterior, the brickwork is complete and the parking lot is taking shape, with curbs outlining the spaces.  We will have plenty of parking available for employees and for the occasional larger meeting / training sessions.

As the project continues to advance, the interior walls are beginning to take shape.  This is an exciting step as it lets us see the final size of the labs and rooms.  It won’t be long before there is a roof in place and the building is insulated and dried in.

Today, the foundation is being poured.  This is a big step in the process that starts to allow us to see the size.  The project is still on track with a completion date scheduled for the end of August.  After the pad is poured comes the steel.  The metal framework is scheduled to be delivered and erected in the next 3 weeks.

The foundation and parking lot is beginning to take shape.  This is a view from the back of the building.  To the left is the back parking lot and to the right will be the rear of the building.

Today bulldozers rolled and construction began on the new Whitbeck Lab facility. Construction of the 7500 square foot facility should take 4-5 months with a completion date of early September.

SPRINGDALE – Whitbeck Laboratories, Inc., a full-service independent commercial laboratory offering a unique mix of microbiology, chemistry and serology testing to an international clientele, has announced plans to construct a 7,500 square foot research and testing facility in the Springdale Technology Park.  The company broke ground on its new building at a ceremony January 20.

 

The company currently employs 19 at its existing facility, having added six new positions within the last two years. The new facility will allow the company to grow as the market’s testing needs increase. It’s microbiology lab will more than double in size as part of the new construction.

 

In 1989, A&A Laboratories of Springdale was acquired by Whitbeck Labs to add chemistry testing to the services it already provided. In 2012, Whitbeck Labs acquired The Poultry Federation laboratory located in Fayetteville to add the ability to perform serology assays. Whitbeck Laboratories holds a full National Poultry Improvement Plan (NPIP) certification and is the nation’s largest, independent NPIP certified lab.

 

The new facility will almost double the amount of lab space currently available to the Springdale firm that was founded in 1978 by Gordon Whitbeck. Whitbeck Laboratories offers a comprehensive laboratory solution for the food and poultry industries, as well as diagnostic services for local veterinarians. The company works closely with food industry research and development companies, providing facilities and testing for product innovations and global consulting services.

 

“This new facility is the result of many years of planning,” said company President Gordon Whitbeck. “With the dramatic increase in food safety regulations and policies by federal regulators and food producers, we have seen a significant increase in the demand for the services our lab offers. Food safety is of the utmost concern for anyone in the food business. Our independent lab is a leading provider of on-time testing for many of the world’s largest food producers.”

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An additional service of this new facility will be the ability for Whitbeck Laboratories to host training seminars required by the National Poultry Improvement Program (NPIP). Three such training centers in the United States are heavily used now. A training center in Springdale will provide an affordable and geographically convenient option for professionals that require certification and work in the central US.

 

Construction on the new testing facility, located at the southeast corner of Huntsville Avenue and Kawneer Drive in the Springdale Technology Park, is expected to be complete by mid-July.

 

Wednesday, January 20, at 12:45 p.m. in the Springdale Technology Park, we will be celebrating the start of construction of our new research and testing facility located at the corner of Huntsville Avenue and Kawneer Drive.  Parking will be streetside along Kawneer Drive.