Category Archives: In The News

First Robotics Sponsored

Continuing its sponsorship originally established in 1999, Retlif proudly announced its support for the 2017 First Robotics Competition as a key sponsor of the Sachem High School Robotics Team. Known as The Sachem Aftershock Robotics Team, the team was winner of the 2015 Half Hollow Hills Invitational and the  2016 SBPLI Regional competition.

By providing financial contributions and engineering support through the years, Retlif has helped to influence future engineers and scientists in a world where technology is is of premium value and where expertise is desperately needed. In designing and building a robot, participating students learn technical engineering and programming skills, personal responsibility, and the concept of effective teamwork with weekly meetings and workshops.

The Sachem High School Robotics Team has consistently ranked the top 1% of competing teams. January  begins the 2017 build season with LI regional competition beginning late March 2017.


NH Holiday Spirit

Retlif has long supported those in need in many different ways.  At Retlif’s Goffstown New Hampshire location, Retlif employees and friends provided a large contribution of canned and packaged foods, as well as other items for preparing and cooking food. The drive yielded some 120 pounds of nutritious items for the local Goffstown Network Food Pantry food assistance program . Retlif New Hampshire  urges everyone to continue to support such important and worthy community efforts. The Goffstown Network Food Pantry is a 501C3organization and contributions are tax deductible. Thank you to  Scott, Rob, Alecs, Jamie, Todd, Mike, Matt and Ethan for helping to make the holidays special.


New Composites Lab!

it’s official.  Retlif Testing Laboratories, has officially launched its new dedicated Composites Testing Laboratory in Plainview New York. A state of the art facility, the new
laboratory provides testing for Carbon Fiber Reinforced Polymers (CFRP), Glass Fiber Reinforced Polymers (GFRP), Aramids (Kevlar), as well as for Non-Fiber Reinforced Plastic. The result of three years of planning, it is testing composites being used in commercial aviation, aerospace and avionics, maritime, military, and rail applications. Not to mention vroom vroom horseless carriages!


Fully recognized under the Performance Review Institute (PRI) NADCAP program, the Plainview New York – based laboratory is also fully accredited to IS0-STD-17025 by the Laboratory Accreditation Bureau (LAB). ISO-STD-17025 is the international standard that represents the basis for accreditation through formal recognition of demonstration of competence.

Founded in 1978 and headquartered in Ronkonkoma, New York, Retlif is one of the USA’s highest profile independent testing laboratories. Retlif provides complete composite testing as well as EMC/EMI and Environmental Testing and engineering services for aerospace, avionics, rail, maritime, medical devices, military and homeland security applications. Retlif test data is recognized worldwide. Retlif is strategically focused on test results with a mission to provide tangible customer value through testing and engineering services.


It’s Aircraft Carrier Month!

Retlif Testing Laboratories,  is celebrating National U.S. Navy Aircraft Carrier Month at all of its locations and laboratories.

080327-N-2838C-002 ATLANTIC OCEAN (March 27, 2008) The Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71) steams in the Atlantic Ocean. Roosevelt and embarked Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 8 are conducting a tailored ship's training availability and final evaluation problem. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Michael D. Cole (Released)

Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt

“U.S. Navy aircraft carriers have been deployed in every major conflict since World War II,” Retlif President Walter Poggi stated. “They have served as a cornerstone of the USA’s ability to protect its citizens and project its strength. We recognize the accomplishments of U.S. Navy aircraft carriers in defending the freedom of the United States and our allies, by responding to crises, by helping to defuse potential situations and by spurring technological innovation.”

Retlif Business Development Manager Owen Watford observed, “We celebrate National U.S. Navy Aircraft Carrier Month at all our Retlif locations in New York, Pennsylvania, New Hampshire and North Carolina. We are extremely proud of Retlif’s contributions to the success of these great ships. As a supplier of EMC/EMI and Environmental testing services for U.S. Navy aircraft carrier maintenance and construction, Retlif has been part of the testing of numerous component parts and systems for carriers since our inception in 1978.”

Mr. Poggi added, “As the U.S. seeks ways to pursue the fight against terrorism and other national-security challenges, policymakers will increasingly rely on aircraft carriers in more situations than previously, especially as new technologies and capabilities are incorporated into these vessels.”


Watford Motivates Candidates


Owen W. Watford, Retlif Business Development Manager, was invited to Long Island Forum for Technology (LIFT) to address the career candidates. In his presentation, “How Did I Get Here?” Watford spoke about his education and work experiences and gave the candidates life lessons that have served him well: “Stay focused; character and integrity open doors; and never give up, never give up, never give up!”


owen-watfordimg_1143LIFT and the Composite Prototyping Center (CPC) announced plans to train 100 Nassau County young people with the skills required by composite manufacturers and to assist them in finding employment opportunities. The Center for Science Teaching and Learning (CSTL) received a $440,000 grant from the Toyota USA Foundation for this initiative, and it was through this grant that Watford was able to share his story.

“This was an inspirational presentation to motivate our young people to strive and work hard at their dreams and aspirations for the careers they are seeking in life,” Watford said.

Giving Back In Pa.

Retlif in Harleysville, PA, has been giving back to the local community for many years. One organization in particular, Heavenly Helpers, has benefitted from the generosity of the company and its employees. A mission team that was started by St. Mark’s Lutheran Church of Pennsburg and St. John’s Lutheran Church of Sumneytown, Heavenly Helpers came together in 2007 in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. Since then the group has expanded its reach to include many smaller projects closer to home.

Megan Sell, a Retlif employee who began working with the group as part of her senior project in high school, brought the mission team to Retlif’s attention, and the company and employees were happy to become involved.

Colleen Reitz.jpg Heavenly Helpers 1One of the Heavenly Helpers fundraisers Retlif employees participate in is the monthly hoagie sale. Pictured are Colleen Reitz, the Harleysville, PA, laboratory supervisor, and her daughter Kaitlin helping at the latest sale.

Adopting Adopt-A-Family

Retlif has been a longtime supporter of charitable endeavors, and this past holiday season was no exception. Along with its employees, the company participated in the  Family Ties Adopt-A-Family program, through the Family & Children’s Association located in Mineola New York.

Retlif’s generous contribution allowed the Association to continue its mission of protecting and strengthening Long Island’s most vulnerable children, families, seniors, veterans and their communities.  President and CEO Jeffrey L. Reynolds acknowledged the generous support and trust in a letter earlier this year.  Families on Long Island were able to enjoy a brighter holiday season thanks to Retlif’s support.

Family & Children's logo

Reitz EMC Webinar

Richard-Reitz_110Richard Reitz, Retlif Director Of Engineering, recently shared his expertise and view from the top in an EMC Live webinar “Are You Compliant?  The new European EMC Directive (2014/30/EU).”
Richard, a Senior Member of the IEEE EMC Society holds a B.T. in Electrical Engineering Technology and a B.S. in Electrical Engineering Technology.

The detailed presentation includes  sections on:

  • General Provisions of the Directive
  • Essential Requirements
  • Fixed Installations
  • Obligations of Economic Operators
  • Presumption of Conformity
  • Harmonized Standards
  • Conformity Assessment Procedure
  • Application of Annex II – Internal Production Control
  • Declaration of Conformity

Click here to view and download the presentation.

Retlif & Nemko

In a collaborative move that provides collective services as a complete, globally accepted testing solution, Nemko and Retlif Testing Laboratories, have partnered.Customers of both organizations will benefit through worldwide acceptance of test data and reports and greatly expanded conformity assessment services that fully address multiple industry sectors and economies with seamless time processes and services.

Retlif offers EMC/EMI, Lightning and Environmental testing services as well as engineering and compliance program management at locations in Ronkonkoma New York, Plainview New York, New Hampshire, Pennsylvania, North Carolina and Washington D.C.

Nemko offers testing, inspection and certification services with more than 20 locations in 12 countries. In North America Nemko has facilities in San Diego California and West Valley City Utah, as well as Nemko Canada (Ottawa), and Nemko Montreal. Nemko Canada is accredited to ISO 17025 and offers EMC, Safety and Wired Telecom testing.

Retlif President Walter A. Poggi, commented, “This arrangement brings tangible value to Retlif customers of all sizes in a wide cross section of industries while providing Nemko customers with the outreach and resources of our facilities to better support their USA – based customers.”


Winning Robotics!

Since 2000, Retlif has proudly supported the Sachem High School Robotics Team with engineering support and financial contributions. With challenging goals and tight deadlines, the FIRST Robotics Program is a great way for students to be introduced to the world of Engineering and Project Management. The team at Retlif congratulates the Sachem High School Robotics Team on their victory at the 2015 South Florida Regional Competition, and we look forward to another successful season in 2016.

Robot copy 4 x 3