Authentically Independent since 1987

Merit Laboratories started as an idea 30 years ago by two scientists committed to scientific excellence. Michael Goergen and Violetta Murshak, Ph.D., believed that there was a need for an environmental testing laboratory in Michigan that provided accurate analytical results at the highest level of client service.  Uncompromising in these beliefs, they launched the laboratory with an optimistic fervor for excellence. Through hard work, a dedicated team of talented scientists, and an investment in state-of-the-art analytical instrumentation, Merit has grown to become one of the premier independent environmental laboratories in the United States.

“Merit Laboratories has been a trusted strategic vendor since our inception. They have always provided service above and beyond in a similar fashion to PM which is offering Cadillac for the price of a Chevy. I highly recommend Merit Laboratories. They will never let you down.”
— Mike Kulka, CEO + Founder, PM Environmental

Today, Merit continues to provide its clients with an uncompromising commitment to quality and service.  As an independent laboratory, our owners work alongside the analytical team on a daily basis and are heavily involved in ensuring this commitment.  Because of our local, independent ownership, we know all of our clients, understand their needs, and respond quickly to their requests. As testament to our commitment to quality, Merit maintains laboratory certification with the National Environmental Laboratory Accreditation Program (NELAP), the Department of Defense ELAP (DoD ELAP), and numerous state certification programs. Merit is experienced supporting large and complex projects throughout the United States. 



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The Merit Advantage

  • NELAP, DoD ELAP, and State-Certified Laboratory
  • Independently-owned and operated with 30 years of consistent ownership
  • Owners work alongside analytical team, providing personal commitment to clients
  • Analytical capacity to support large projects with thousands of samples
  • Sample Courier Services
  • 24-hour sample drop-off
  • Expedited Turnaround Time
  • Customized Electronic Data Deliverables
  • Method development for non-routine testing requirements
  • Flexible and easy to work with
  • Experienced client services team with strong technical knowledge
  • Authentically Independent since 1987
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