Labconco manufactures laboratory equipment, specializing in ventilation products such as chemical fume hoods and blowers, ductless fume enclosures, balance enclosures, HEPA-filtered biological safety cabinets (BSCs), clean benches, glove boxes, and laboratory animal research enclosures. Other product lines include glassware washers, forensic enclosures, centrifugal concentrators, lyophilizers, evaporators, and water purification systems. Custom designed products are also available. Labconco employs more than 200 associates, every one taking pride in providing outstanding customer service. Labconco is ISO 9001:2008 certified, one measure of its commitment to quality and consistency in design and manufacturing. Through a worldwide network of distributors, Labconco serves a variety of laboratory customers around the globe, including universities, research centers, hospitals and government agencies.
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- Monitoring and Testing - Laboratory Equipment
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- Globally (various continents)
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Labconco has a long history that started humbly—in a garage.
Downtown Kansas City, Missouri, 1925. Ralph Callaway, a salesman, stopped by Philip Goldfisch’s garage. He needed his car battery repaired. An unusual contraption in the back caught Ralph’s eye.
Phil had a knack for invention. He was working on a long metal pipe that held round bottom flasks for a local grain laboratory to remove acid fumes. The process was known as Kjeldahl nitrogen determination.
The salesman and the inventor formed a partnership named Laboratory Construction Company. Their mission—to build and sell Kjeldahl apparatus to the numerous milling companies in the area.
Early years were lean, but the company survived and added new products. Carts. Tables. Goldfisch Fat Extractors.
In 1939, Ralph’s son, Redman, joined the business. During his 60-year career, his brand of building relationships, serving customers and caring for people helped the company thrive.
In 1957, Labconco, as we came to be called, outgrew the garage and moved to our present headquarters in south Kansas City. The modern era began.
We expanded from agricultural labs into other scientific markets. In the 1960s, Labconco introduced a series of fume hoods. They were lined with durable molded fiberglass, a signature feature still found in our Protector Premier line. Other equipment made with molded fiberglass, such as glove boxes, quickly followed.
Along the way, we established enduring relationships with laboratory supply dealers. They expanded our geographic reach and passed along product ideas suggested by their laboratory customers.
Many of these ideas came to fruition. In 1969, a glassware washer. In 1974, freeze dryers. In 1976, biological safety cabinets. In 1984, water purification systems.
In 1989, we acquired Buchler Instruments, and with it, the expertise to add evaporators and centrifugal concentrators. Our product lines were expanding and becoming more diverse.
Labconco stays the course with our mission to make superior quality laboratory equipment. More recently, a first of its kind—Purifier Axiom Class C1 Biosafety Cabinet—became another example of our commitment to innovate for science.
Today we stay close to the core values that Redman Callaway instilled in us—we care about our customers, superior quality and our people. That’s what grounds us and keeps us growing.
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Our company began in a small garage in downtown Kansas City, Missouri. In 1925, Ralph Callaway (right), a salesman and entrepreneur, stopped in to have his car battery repaired. Philip Goldfisch, an engineer and inventor, of sorts, operated the garage. Ralph noticed an unusual apparatus in the back—a long metal pipe for a local grain laboratory to remove acid fumes during Kjeldahl determination. It piqued Ralph’s interest.
The two formed a partnership, named Laboratory Construction Company, to build Kjeldahl apparatus for the numerous milling companies in the area. The early years were lean, but the company survived and new products were added. Carts. Tables. The patented Goldfisch Fat Extractor.
In 1939, Ralph’s son, Redman (left), joined the business and left an indelible mark throughout his 60-year career with the company. In 1957, Labconco, as we came to be called, outgrew the garage and moved to our present headquarters in south Kansas City. The modern era began.
We branched out from agricultural labs into other scientific markets. In the 1960’s, Labconco introduced a series of fume hoods lined with durable molded one-piece fiberglass, a signature feature found in our current Protector Premier line. Other equipment made with molded fiberglass, such as glove boxes, quickly followed.
At the same time, we formed enduring relationships with laboratory supply dealers. Our dealers expanded our geographic reach and provided innovative product ideas suggested by end users.
New products are the lifeblood of our company and spurred our growth. In 1969, we introduced a glassware washer. In 1974 came a line of freeze dryers. In 1976, our first biological safety cabinet premiered. In 1984, water purification systems were added. In 1989, we acquired Buchler Instruments, and with it, the expertise to add evaporation and centrifugal concentration to our family of products. One of our latest innovations, introduced in 2014, is the Purifier Axiom, the first Class II, Type C1 Biological Safety Cabinet in the world. The list continues to grow as we improve upon existing lines and develop new ones.
In 1989, we added a manufacturing facility in Fort Scott, Kansas, ninety miles south of Kansas City. The company founded by two individuals now has more than 250 associates. An idea that started in a small garage in the Midwest now has placed equipment in laboratories worldwide.
Throughout our history, we’ve held onto the core values instilled by Redman Callaway: integrity, highest quality standards, and exceptional customer service. We are sincerely thankful to our customers, dealer partners and vendors throughout the years who have made our success possible, including you. With you, we intend to last another 90 years and beyond.
Labconco makes some of the best laboratory equipment in the world. We’re not in business to be average. Our aim is to excel at meeting our customers’ needs.
Our equipment shields scientists from harm, protects evidence that solves crime and enables life-saving research. It’s a responsibility we take seriously. Safety, quality and performance are everything. We don’t leave anything to chance.
People are depending on us. There’s no more powerful motivation.
The quality of our products is the measure of our ability to fulfill our vision of protecting people and the scientific process. It’s a team effort that calls for higher standards, constant vigilance and endless curiosity.
Our core values reflect our vision and philosophy.
We care about our customers. Taking care of customers is how we take care of business. When they choose our equipment, it should work the way they need it to. We go above and beyond to ensure it.
We care about quality. In every department, at every level, every Labconco associate feels a sense of pride in doing their best to deliver the best laboratory equipment.
We care about our people. To us, Labconco means family. We believe in treating each other with the same care and attention we give our customers. It's our people who make our equipment great.