Bowser-Morner, Inc.

Bowser-Morner, Inc.

Bowser-Morner, Inc.'s mission is to provide quality, professional services that meet or exceed our clients' needs in filed and laboratory testing, subsurface investigations, and engineering/scientific expertise. We are dedicated to professinoal ethics, value to our clients, and support of the public welfare.

Company details

P.O. Box 51 , Dayton , Ohio 45401-0051 USA

Locations Served

Business Type:
Engineering service provider
Industry Type:
Monitoring and Testing - Environmental Monitoring
Market Focus:
Nationally (across the country)
Year Founded:

Bowser-Morner, Inc. is a team of Professional Engineers, Scientists, and Engineering Technicians who specialize in the investigation and analysis of soil and rock conditions for engineering purposes. In addition to Geotechnical Engineering, Bowser-Morner also provides Construction Observation and Construction Materials Testing; Geo-Design (design of earthen structures); Laboratory Testing; Subsurface Exploration and Sampling; and Environmental Services.

  Offices and laboratories in Ohio, Kentucky, Illinois, and Alabama. We employ approximately 140 engineers, scientists, technicians, and administrative personnel.


T.S. Eliot said, '...history is a pattern of timeless moments.' Like most histories, the story of Bowser-Morner is punctuated with measures of time. The company you know today as Bowser-Morner began in 1911-the year before New Mexico and Arizona became states. Nine years later, as Kurz Chemical Laboratories, the business was focused on analyzing some of the important materials of that decade: iron, steel, coal, cement, and oil. In 1925, as the Roaring 20s began to gather steam, Raymond R. Bowser and Arnold L. Morner bought the business and changed the name to Bowser-Morner Testing Laboratory. Two years later, Bowser-Morner made history conducting chemical testing on metal used in the Spirit of St. Louis, the plane Charles Lindbergh piloted on his solo flight across the Atlantic to Paris.

In 1937, Bowser-Morner became a charter member of the American Council of Commercial Laboratories, which later became the American Council of Independent Laboratories (ACIL). Today, we maintain our commitment to excellence as an active member of ACIL, the leading association of testing companies in the United States. As WWII loomed, Bowser-Morner added new services to meet our clients' expanding needs, first offering metallurgical testing in 1937, and venturing into subsurface exploration in 1941. Physical testing of such materials as aircraft parts and steel created much work through the war years and into 1945, when we began offering simulated-environment testing of the effects of humidity, altitude, and vibration.

The construction boom of the 1950s created a similar boom for our Construction Services Department, and marked the creation of our Subsurface Exploration Services Department. Today, Bowser-Morner operates one of the largest, most versatile fleets of subsurface exploration equipment in the Midwest, including three Sonic Rigs.

In 1974, Bowser-Morner expanded operations by acquiring Interstate Drilling and Testing and opening our Toledo regional office. Shortly thereafter, we opened a second regional office, in Maysville, Kentucky. Eight years later, our Kentucky office was moved to Lexington to better serve our bluegrass-state clients. Also in 1982, our name became the one you know us by today: Bowser-Morner, Inc.

Building on our momentum, in 1986, we became one of the early laboratories accredited by the American Association for Laboratory Accreditation (A2LA) in the fields of Chemical, Mechanical, and Construction Materials Testing. This accreditation continued our company's long-time leadership in the promotion and recognition of quality systems in the testing industry.

The year the Berlin Wall came down, 1989, was also historic for us, as we moved to our present corporate headquarters in Dayton, Ohio. This 70,000-square-foot complex houses our administration and engineering offices, laboratories including extensive testing equipment and maintenance and storage facilities for our subsurface exploration operations. In 1999, we were on the move again when our Toledo offices and laboratory moved to a brand-new, 14,000-square-foot building on an environmentally remediated site in the River East Industrial Corridor. In June 2003, we opened a Construction Materials Testing Laboratory in Springfield, Illinois to better serve our clients throughout the Midwest.

 In 1995, Bowser-Morner became a fully accredited laboratory by AASHTO through the AMRL program, and in 2000, we became the first U.S. geotechnical and construction materials testing laboratory accredited by AASHTO to the international quality system standard ISO/IEC 17025.

From 1911 through today, we've always been committed to the timeless pattern of safety, hard work, innovative solutions, and providing value to our clients.

Bowser-Morner's Quality Assurance Program has been approved by more than 70 government agencies and industrial concerns. In addition, our testing and calibration laboratories are accredited by the American Association for Laboratory Accreditation (A2LA), the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO), and approved by the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT), the Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT), and the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC).

The quality assurance procedures used throughout our laboratories are in compliance with the ISO/IEC 17025 and applicable ISO 9000 standards that many of our clients require. These procedures are outlined and detailed in a set of quality assurance and quality control documents maintained by our Quality Assurance Manager.

Our testing and calibration procedures are modeled after nationally recognized standards, including ASTM and AASHTO standards. In addition, our calibration services meet ANSI/NCSL Z540-1 requirements and are NIST-traceable. These accreditations and approvals apply to specific tests conducted in the fields of construction materials, mechanics, chemistry, and calibration. Copies of these certificates and scopes of accreditation are available by clicking the 'Accreditations' button on the menu bar above.