HIBBING, MN– The Iron Range is home to many industry and mining jobs, but a new service is setting up shop in Hibbing’s North Industrial Park.
RMB Environmental Laboratories Inc, an established environmental service company, will bring non-mining careers to the Iron Range all the while providing services to organizations interested in the quality of their water.
The Minnesota-based, privately-owned analytical laboratory is expanding its tri-state company into Northeastern Minnesota looking to provide further services to the land of 10,000 lakes.
CEO and founder of RMB labs, Robert Borash says, “we do analytical testing for anybody that has an interest in water quality as well as we provide really client-centric support to them from cradle to grave.”
RMB provides an array of environmental services including state-certified analytical testing, on-site monitoring, consulting, and data management.
“From the general public that’s interested in their drinking water, all the way up to federal contracts,” says Borash.
Based out of Detroit Lakes, this is the companies fifth location throughout North and South Dakota and Minnesota.
“This facility that we have here, we have about 17,000 square feet so it allows us to expand our capabilities, as well as put down roots here in Northeast sector.”
Borash says the new facility will help with their workload. “At times monitoring over 1,000 lakes in the state of Minnesota. Probably about 60% to 80% of the watershed work that’s done statewide.”
In an area so rich with mining jobs, the expansion of RMB has the opportunity to create over a dozen non-mining jobs on the range in the next year. “Everything from full-time equivalent, to seasonals, to part times to student interns.”
The lab is located in Hibbing’s Industrial Park and Borash says the community has been more than welcoming. “Hibbing was a great location. It’s in the heart of the Iron Range. And also the city of Hibbing was very inviting to us.”
The CEO says the companies goal is to really empower people who are excited about water quality in their lakes and streams. “We’re really looking forward to the people around here that can use our services but also tap into the employment opportunities that exist with this company.”
The new RMB lab is still in the build-out phase at their Hibbing office. They will be up and running in the coming months.
Hibbing Mayor, Rick Cannata is welcoming RMB saying “It’s great to have a new business like this coming into Hibbing. RMB is going to diversify our economy and I think it is a great partnership for our city and our workforce.”