About Northeast Laboratory Services

Northeast Laboratory Services (NEL) is proud to offer two convenient locations in the state of Maine. With 2 divisions – Analytical and Media Manufacturing – NEL employs approximately 70 full and part-time employees.

The Analytical Division boasts several fully accredited Environmental Testing Laboratories. Water and Chemistry Testing is performed in the Winslow facility at 227 China Road. Radon, Asbestos, Indoor Air Quality, and Food Testing services are performed in the Westbrook facility at 120 Main Street.

NEL’s Media Manufacturing Division, also located at the Winslow facility, offers an FDA registered production area complete with 3 Class 100 EC (Environmentally Controlled) Rooms where an assortment of laboratory products are manufactured. These products include culture media agar plates and slants, broth bottles and tubes, as well as vials of dyes and diluents. These products support the pharmaceutical, clinical, diagnostic, veterinary, and environmental monitoring industries.


The business was founded in 1972 as Maine Poultry Consultants and later became Maine Poultry Consultants/Northeast Laboratory Services.

After a decline in the poultry business in Maine, causing the closure of Maine Poultry Consultants, the business served its clients under the name of Northeast Laboratory Services (NEL) for the next several years.

In 1997, NEL merged with Binax, Inc., a Portland-based research and development firm. Binax/NEL operated as a separate entity to the Portland facility, complete with its own management team and accounting functions until April of 2001 when the merger was dissolved, and Rodney “Beau” Mears became NEL’s CEO and President.

In November of 2021, Beau retired and NEL was purchased by AnalytiChem Holding GmbH, an Eschborn, Germany-based company whose mission is to create a family of companies providing high-quality analytical chemistry and reference materials to laboratories around the world with Raoul Biskupek operating as the CEO.

Today, NEL is proud to be partnered with the AnalytiChem North American group of companies such as SCP Science, Chem Service, and Oreas offering a full selection of laboratory supplies under the guidance of David Coler, Managing Director for North America.

Mission Statement

Northeast Laboratory Services’ mission is to deliver accurate analytical data and superior culture media products to promote a healthy environment.