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Does Life Begin at 40? Retlif Milestone Celebrated.

Forty years in business is a milestone that few organizations ever reach especially with the same mission and leadership. And in testing, only a handful of independent laboratories can lay claim to the feat, let alone have the impact that Retlif Testing Laboratories has had upon the industry and the customers the company has served throughout the USA and the world.

There are always underlying reasons for long-term success. Perhaps Retlif’s achievement of this milestone is due to the fiercely independent entrepreneurial spirit that emanates from the top, or perhaps it is because of the knowledge, training and education that Retlif engineers apply to each test and project.

Either way, to be healthy and thriving after forty years in business, is a remarkable accomplishment, and Retlif recently celebrated the milestone with Anniversary Open Houses and Employee Recognition Events at three Retlif facilities. The Goffstown New Hampshire, Harleysville Pennsylvania, and Ronkonkoma New York events were held on different days, but all shared common features: Honored guests, current and former employees, and the overriding spirit and sense of family.

Richard Reitz, John Williams, Todd Hannemann, Walter Poggi

Retlif New Hampshire: New Hampshire may have been the ninth state to join the union (1787), but it was the second state to join Retlif…199 years later in 1986! The Anniversary Open House and Employee Recognition Event marking the fortieth anniversary of Retlif’s founding brought a great many customers, employees, families and elected officials to the Goffstown facility to mark the milestone.

One particular highlight was New Hampshire state senator Lou D’Allesandro, who has represented the 20th District since 1998. He presented a New Hampshire Senate Resolution Certificate recognizing and congratulating Retlif for over 40 years of service as an independent testing and engineering organization. David Pierce, former Representative, New Hampshire House of Representatives, and Ms. Bonnie Guevin, Goffstown Economic Development Council, also graced the event with their presence.

Tom Cilmi, Walter Poggi

Retlif New York: The Retlif New York Anniversary Open House and Employee Recognition Event was appropriately held at the Ronkonkoma NY headquarters facility. The festivities featured laboratory tours headed by Executive Vice President Bill Hayes and Business Development Manager Owen Watford and brought together a broad cross section of customers from all industry sectors, as well as Retlif employees and local leaders. The presence of a number of former employees added to the pervasive feeling of family that characterizes the Retlif organization. Guests of honor included Suffolk County Legislator and Minority Leader of the Legislature’s Republican Caucus Tom Cilmi; Islip Town Supervisor Angie M. Carpenter; and William G. Mannix, Director, Town of Islip Office of Economic Development.

Richard Reitz, PA State Senator Bob Mensch, Walter Poggi

Retlif Pennsylvania: At the Harleysville Pennsylvania laboratory, tour guides escorted guests through the secure 18,000 square foot facility, including anechoic rooms, environmental lab and the recently dedicated Michele and Dan Signore Conference & Training Room. Guests of honor at the Retlif 40th Anniversary Open House and Employee Recognition Event included Pennsylvania State Senator Bob Mensch, 24th District, and Pamela A. Kelly President & CEO of the Chamber of Commerce for Greater Montgomery County. A good time was had by all!

Forty years of successful business is truly a milestone of distinction and a badge of honor. Congratulations to Retlif employees, founders and customers who made this achievement possible. At Retlif, life begins at 40. Here’s to 40 more!

Retlif Supporting Communities

Retlif’s sense of corporate responsibility to the community permeates the organization from top to bottom in all our locations. We actively embrace giving back with focused a commitment to charitable giving driven by the collaboration of Retlif employees and management. We foster this commitment with paid time off so that our people can volunteer to help all people within their communities. While Retlif remains active throughout the year, the holiday season brings people together, and 2018 was no exception.

Employees at Retlif New York, Retlif New Hampshire, and Retlif Pennsylvania participated in a number of charitable efforts, continuing longstanding commitments to helping those in need within our communities.

Ronkonkoma, NY headquarters:

Retlif employees organized a very successful toy drive. All items collected were distributed to two organizations,  St Joseph’s Parish Outreach (Ronkonkoma, NY) ( and Refuge Apostolic Church of Christ (Freeport, NY) (

Both of these institutions provide a wide variety of outreach services to those in their respective congregations and communities.

Goffstown, NH:

Retlif New Hampshire has had a longstanding relationship with the Goffstown Network Food Pantry ( A 501c3 organization, the Goffstown Network’s mission is to address the hunger-related needs of people in the community. This past holiday season Retlif NH employees collected canned and packaged food as well as other goods for the Pantry.

Harleysville, PA:

Retlif employees participated in the Adopt-A-Family Program organized by The Open Link ( Open Link is a multi-service agency dedicated to addressing the nutritional, educational and social needs of people in the community. Retlif employees collected toys, clothes, gift cards and more to brighten the holiday for a local needy family.

A heartfelt Thank You goes out to all our employees for their time and support of these various worthy programs, and for their overwhelming generosity!

Aftershock Ready for 2019!

“Aftershock”, The widely acclaimed Sachem High School First Robotics Team 263 recently visited Retlif’s Ronkonkoma New York location prior to the start of the 2019 robotics season.

Retlif Executive Vice President William Hayes hosted the enthusiastic group and discussed the vital importance of STEM (Science Technology Education Math) programs in high schools all across the US.

Mr. Hayes also presented lead Sachem facility member Mr. Andrew Cifuni with Retlif’s official 40th Anniversary Challenge Coin. Challenge coins, also known as “portrait medallions”, are commemorative pieces and heir to a tradition that dates back to the Roman Empire. The Retlif 40th anniversary coin will be prominently affixed to the Aftershock team’s robot for the 2019 robot competition.

Also present at the gathering was Retlif EMI Laboratory Supervisor Ron Hull, a past member of Team 263 Aftershock.

Retlif Testing Laboratories has proudly sponsored the Sachem High School robotics team for the past 18 years.

After the presentation, the Sachem High School First Robotics team was treated to a detailed tour of Retlif’s Ronkonkoma facility, including both the EMC and the Environmental laboratories.


Retlif Honored By Islip Town

Islip Town Supervisor Angie Carpenter recently presented Retlif founders Marilyn and Walter Poggi with a special citation recognizing Retlif as one of the companies that commits itself “to their town and county to ensure the improvement and success of future generations” and cited the organization’s “standard of excellence and trustworthiness in their industry that becomes synonymous to their name.”

Supervisor Carpenter presented the citation at a recent Open House at Retlif Headquarters in Ronkonkoma NY.

Left to right:  Islip Town Supervisor Angie Carpenter; Walter Poggi: Marilyn Poggi: Scott Poggi.

In part the proclaimation read: “Retlif Testing Laboratories, founded in 1978 by Walter and Marilyn Poggi, has for over forty years provided field leading electromagnetic compatibility solutions, rising to become a globally recognized independent testing expert relied upon for aerospace & avionics, commercial aviation, rail & transit, maritime, military, homeland security, medical, and transportation applications in the areas of EMC/EMI, environmental simulation, lighting and composites.

Retlif Testing Laboratories continues to meet the high demand for many of today’s military and defense products, providing cutting-edge and innovative solutions, whose strategic and operational leadership drives Retlif Testing Laboratories not only towards growth but to the support of our local communities, participating and engaging in many charitable initiatives powered by the hard work and dedication of the over fifty local employees in their Ronkonkoma, NY headquarters.”




Success at IEEE in 2018

 And a great time was had by all!

Retlif’s presence at the IEEE 2018 Long Island Power Electronics Symposium was greatly felt with Executive Vice President heading the charge and advising visitors of the Retlif approach to testing and compliance. Held at the Radisson (Hauppauge, NY), the show attracted engineers, technicians, managers and marketing types from a broad swath of industries, from aerospace and avionics, to military and consumer, to industrial and medical. The Retlif booth and the show in general were busy from start to finish. The Long Island Power Electronics Symposium is getting more and more recognition, and Retlif’s has helped with financial, guidance and outreach support.

See you same time next year!

Retlif Supports CPC

Retlif turned out in a big way to support the Composite Prototyping Center in a special event to showcase recent developments with a focus on educational and manufacturing successes on on Wednesday, November 14. Walter Poggi, Bill Hayes, Scott Poggi, Owen Watford and a number of Retlif engineering and financial staff were on hand to support Leonard Poveromo CPC Executive Director. CPI Aerostructures, Unique Electrical Solutions, ThermoLift, Vaughn College of Aeronautics and Technology, and representatives from several Long Island school districts presented or were honored for their participation. The event drew a large crowd from a cross section of industries and educational institutions to the Center which  is dedicated to providing workforce development, prototype manufacturing and hands-on technical training in advanced composites manufacturing.


Winning In Extra Innings

On the evening of September 7th, Retlif’s Bill Hayes hosted Vendor Night at Bethpage Ballpark in Central Islip, New York.  A number of Retlif vendors were in attendance at the Retlif suite, including Sign A Rama Bohemia proprietors Jim and Diane Trube, and the owners of William Simmen Electrical Contracting (St James NY), Will and Lauren Simmen.

Despite a late start due to a two and half hour rain delay, the game was exciting and a fun time was had by all. The Long Island Ducks were victorious over the New Britain Bees (Connecticut) in a 5 to 4, 11th inning win!



Lab Tour Opens Eyes

Retlif Ronkonkoma recently was host to Mr. Ben Monachino, Congressional Aide U.S. House of Representatives, from Congressman Lee M. Zeldin’s office.

Retlif’s Owen Watford and Bill Hayes hosted Mr. Monachino on tours of both the Retlif EMC/EMI Laboratory and the Environmental Lab. They provided expert opinions about current U.S. Department of Defense legislation in Washington DC from an independent laboratory perspective.

Left to right:  Retlif Executive Vice President, Congressional Aide Ben Monachino, Retlif Business Development Manager Owen Watford after completing their tour of Retlif Ronkonkoma.

Mr. Poggi Gets His Wish! Retlif Supports IEEE Symposium

Retlif At IEEE in 2018

In speaking about last year’s highly successful Long Island Power Electronics Symposium, the area’s premier annual event that unites the local power electronics community, Retlif President Walter Poggi commented:

“To me it was a great regional show and symposium, and I would fully support a few more….Please more!!

And this year Retlif will once again display at the 2018 Long Island Power Electronics Symposium which represents all sectors of power electronics, including military, industrial, medical, aerospace, consumer and automotive.

Retlif engineering and testing professionals will be present to provide industry vision, hands on expertise, and to answer all questions regarding testing and compliance.

All professional engineers, managers, and technicians involved in the use, design, qualification, test or manufacture of power supplies, power converters, power management, servos or energy storage are invited. Students and educators are also welcome.

Register In Advance!

The event is free for attendees, but you must register in advance. Registered attendees will receive admission to the exhibit floor, technical lectures, complimentary networking lunch, and the complimentary networking dinner. The first 200 registered attendees will also receive a complimentary swag bag with gifts from our exhibitors.

See you there at the Retlif booth!

Where: Hauppauge Radisson, 110 Motor Parkway, Hauppauge LI.

When: November 8, 2018

Time: 12:00 noon to 8:00 PM.

Retlif Expands ISO/IEC 17025 Accreditation

Several Retlif facilities have been granted accreditation by ANSI – ASQ National Accreditation Board (ANAB: Retlif Pennsylvania (Harleysville PA), Retlif New Hampshire (Goffstown NH) and Retlif headquarters (Ronkonkoma NY).   The Pennsylvania and New Hampshire facilities were on-site assessments and the Ronkonkoma laboratories was the result of a remote assessment

The scope of the ISO/IEC 17025:2005 accreditations is broad and covers EMC/EMI testing services in all three facilities, Retlif’s Environmental Simulation/ES offerings in Ronkonkoma, NY, as well as the Retlif Composites Laboratory in Plainview NY. The Retlif Composites Laboratory continues to maintain Performance Review Institute (PRI-NADCAP) Accreditation.

Full scope of accreditation for all may be found under the Accreditations tab in this website.

Retlif: A history of Accreditations Leadership

Retlif’s involvement in laboratory accreditations is historical. Retlif was the first laboratory to petition the U.S. Government (NIST) to develop an EMI laboratory accreditation program. Today, Retlif remains fully committed to meaningful, well-administered and technically appropriate laboratory accreditations. Our transfer to ANAB was done to streamline and consolidate our Retlif accreditations under one Accreditation Body (AB), thereby reducing the need for multiple and redundant annual assessments. In addition, this allowed for a common scope of accreditation for all EMC facilities, allowing Retlif to better meet our customer needs through more efficient scheduling between our 3 EMC/EMI facilities.

Recognized nationally and internationally as a leader in accreditation, ANAB is signatory to numerous international mutual recognition arrangements including:

  • International Laboratory Accreditation Cooperation (ILAC)
  • InterAmerican Accreditation Cooperation
  • Asia Pacific Laboratory Accreditation Cooperation

ANAB is nationally recognized by many U.S. government agencies including:

  • FCC: Federal Communications Commission
  • US Coast Guard
  • US Department of Homeland Security
  • US Department of Defense

For more information on our accreditations please contact