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Humble beginnings of a global firm September 26, 2017

Posted by diannaobrien in ABC Labs, Charles W. Gehrke General.
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A company that got its start with an MU professor and two MU graduates is now poised to widen its global reach.

Charles W. Gehrke started ABC Labs with David Stalling and Jim Ussary in 1968 in Columbia, Missouri. Soon it will be a part of Eurofins Scientific, a Brussels-based firm with EUR 2.54 in annual revenues, 30,000 employees and 375 sites in 41 countries, according to a Eurofins news release announcing the acquisition.

The humble beginnings of this global firm are highlighted in the book “From Melon Fields to Moon Rocks.”  A biography of Charles Gehrke, it walks you through his scientific adventure as well as his personal life. Starting with Charles working in the farm fields of Canal Lewisville, Ohio, in the foothills of the Appalachians the book continues through his life to the creation of a scientific team that analyzed the moon rocks from the NASA moon landings and then on to the founding of a firm that employed 300 people before it was sold in 2015 to EAG Laboratories.

The book is a biography of Charles Gehrke and walks you through his scientific adventure which starts with Charles working in the farm fields of Canal Lewisville, Ohio, in the foothills of the Appalachians and follows his life to the creation of a scientific team that analyzed the moon rocks from the NASA moon landings and then on to the founding of a firm that employed 300 people before it was sold in 2015 to EAG Laboratories.

The book is available in Columbia at Yellow Dog Bookshop, 8 S. Ninth St., the Columbia Mall bookstore Barnes & Noble and the bookstore at Boone County History and Culture Center at 3801 Ponderosa St.

You can get it electronically from Barnes & Noble, amazon.com or buy it via this website and you’ll get it by mail for $20 plus tax and shipping.Buy Now Button