CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- A Raleigh County-based analytical laboratory company is adding a new department, equipment and doubling its building space as it continues to grow, the company's vice president said Thursday.
The West Virginia Economic Development Authority gave preliminary approval for a $900,000 loan to Analabs Inc.
Analabs, the largest drug testing company in the state, works with Drug and Alcohol Program Management Services, said Kelli Harrison, vice president of Analabs.
The company also provides drug testing and lab work for air quality testing, waste and drinking water plants, coal companies, engineering firms, public school systems and more, she said.
Part of the EDA loan will help fund the Crab Orchard-based company's $400,000 investment in equipment for its new organic analysis department.
Analabs has performed inorganic analysis since it opened in 1987. Inorganic testing incorporates metals and nutrients and is used for the coal industry whereas organic testing is used for landfills, hazardous waste sites and drinking water facilities, Harrison said.
The rest of the loan will go toward the 7,000 square feet of additional space that will be added to the existing 7,000-square-foot facility.
"We're progressively getting larger. We've grown a lot over the last several years," Harrison said.
She said construction hasn't started on the new building and won't for a "couple of months."
The expansion is necessary because the inorganic and organic labs can't share the same air unit system.
"We have to have a new building because that [organic] type of analysis has to be air-locked," Harrison said. "The type we do currently has components and chemicals that would contaminate the organic analysis and that can't be in the same air space."