Ronkonkoma laboratory receives “Outstanding Industrial Security Achievement Award” from the US Defense Security Service (DSS).
St. Louis, Missouri, USA………….Retlif Testing Laboratories, the internationally recognized strategic compliance organization,and one of the USA’s leading independent EMC/EMI and Environmental testing laboratories, has received the prestigious Cogswell Outstanding Industrial Security Achievement Award from the Defense Security Service (DSS). The Cogswell award recognizes industrial security excellence and outstanding achievement in matters related exclusively to a facility’s security program. Established in 1966, it honors the late Air Force Colonel James S. Cogswell, the first Chief of Industrial Security within the Department of Defense.
Retlif Executive Vice President and Facility Security Officer William K. Hayes commented, “Retlif prepares for DSS assessments by continually maintaining an active readiness posture where security is an integral part of every employee’s job. We have a security education program in place, and we regularly apply DSS training and resources to solve situations at our facility in an efficient manner. Considering there are over 13,000 defense contractors, we are very proud to be selected for the award.”
Retlif President Walter Poggi added, “The DSS criteria for the Cogswell Award centers on the creation and maintenance of security programs that far exceed National Industrial Security Program requirements. We are greatly honored to receive the Cogswell Award for a second time in five years.”
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- Gus Green, Director of Industrial Security Field Operations, Defense Security Service
- Dan Payne, Director, Defense Security Service
- Donald Dwyer, Assistant Facility Security Officer, Retlif Testing Laboratories
- William Hayes, Facility Security Officer and Executive Vice President, Retlif Testing Laboratories
- Cheryl Matthew, Northern Regional Director, Defense Security Service
- Mike Halter, Deputy Director Industrial Security Field Operations, Defense Security Service
Retlif Testing Laboratories, with headquarters in Ronkonkoma NY, also has locations in New Hampshire, Pennsylvania and Washington DC. Retlif recently celebrated its 40thanniversary.
Since the founding of Retlif in the dark economic times of 1978, the company has supported the defense and homeland security in many ways beyond testing. In keeping with this staunchly held belief, Retlif has long been a believer in and fully supported the U.S. Naval Sea Cadets Program. In this recent Indepthlook.org article you may see the extent of the company’s resolve and determination to help ensure the future of our great nation.
Retlif InDepth Look _Sea Cadets
Retlif Testing Laboratories has announced the promotion of Richard Reitz as Retlif Director of Engineering and Scott Poggi to the position of Retlif Director Of Operations.
As Director of Engineering Mr. Reitz will oversee Retlif’s testing and staff engineers at all the Retlif testing facilities including Ronkonkoma, New York Headquarters and Plainview New York composite laboratory, as well as the Harleysville (Pennsylvania), Charlotte (North Carolina) and Goffstown (New Hampshire) laboratories. Mr. Reitz will be based in Pennsylvania. Richard Reitz has been with Retlif since 1985, serving in several capacities.
Retlif President Walter A. Poggi commented “in staying ahead of the curve in an industry where compliance is a must not a luxury, coordination of multiple laboratories in multiple locations can only happen through a visionary Director of Engineering. Richard Reitz has the vision, the background, the training and the dedication to ensure technical coordination, expertise and communication between all Retlif laboratories, as well as communications between Retlif engineers and our clients.”
In his new position as Director Of Operations, Scott Poggi will oversee the day-to-day operations of Retlif Headquarters and all Retlif branch offices and laboratories. His new responsibilities include managing EMC/EMI and ESS Environmental testing services at Retlif testing facilities in New York, Pennsylvania, North Carolina and New Hampshire laboratories.
Retlif Executive Vice President William Hayes commenting on the appointment said, “Retlif’s continuing expansion in testing and engineering services has necessitated stringent centralized control of all our laboratories and facilities. Both our EMC/EMI services and our Environmental Simulation Services (ESS) have demonstrated considerable growth. The appointment of Scott Poggi with his hands-on laboratory management experience adds a high level practical knowledge base, which includes 25 years of laboratory management. The addition provides direct reporting structures and will enable faster and more effective customer response across the board in every facility and laboratory.”
Retlif Testing Laboratories has received the prestigious Cogswell Outstanding Industrial Security Achievement Award from the Defense Security Service (DSS). Retlif is one of only 40 facilities from over 13,000 defense contractors to receive the honor.
Established in 1966, the Cogswell award recognizes industrial security excellence and outstanding achievement in matters related exclusively to a facility’s security program. It honors the late Air Force Colonel James S. Cogswell, the first Chief of Industrial Security within the Department of Defense. Cheryl Matthew, Regional Director, Northern Region, Defense Security Service presented the award at a ceremony at Retlif Headquarters in Ronkonkoma, New York.
Retlif President Walter Poggi commented, “The Cogswell award criteria focuses the establishment and maintenance of security programs that far exceed basic National Industrial Security Program requirements.”
Retlif Vice President Bill Hayes added, “The rigorous selection process includes having a minimum of two consecutive superior industrial security review ratings and demonstration of a sustained degree of excellence and innovation in overall security program management, implementation and oversight.”
Retlif Testing Laboratories is proud to be part of the team of five local companies that has won a $4-million Metropolitan Transit Authority (MTA) contract to design, build and test a supervisory control system for the Long Island Rail Road’s Divide Tower, east of the Hicksville station. The prime contractor and project manager will be Power Resources International of West Babylon, an engineering solutions provider. Also on the team are software provider Railware Inc. of Ronkonkoma, electrical products maker Twinco Manufacturing Co. Inc. of Hauppauge, railroad engineering firm Grappone Technologies Inc. of Hicksville and testing and engineering company Retlif Testing Laboratories Inc. of Ronkonkoma.
The team was assembled under the auspices of the Long Island Forum for Technology’s (LIFT) Rail Alliance. The tower controls trains east of Hicksville on the Huntington/ Port Jefferson and Ronkonkoma lines. The new control system, which will replace an outdated one, will accommodate an additional track planned between Farmingdale and Ronkonkoma.
Commenting on the award, Michael Bozza, Retlif’s Manager of Rail Services, commented, “We at Retlif are very proud to be part of the “hometown team” that won this award and in turn, helped to provide and secure manufacturing jobs here on Long Island”.
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Retlif Testing Laboratories has been recognized by the U.S. Coast Guard as an approved sub laboratory to evaluate and test technologies to treat ballast water onboard ships against non-native aquatic species in American coastal waters, lakes and rivers. Retlif is a sub-laboratory to NSF, the primary approved laboratory. The arrangement facilitates the application process for manufacturers applying for U.S.C.G. certification of ballast wastewater treatment systems and components. Retlif will complete testing of the electrical and electronic components, including each alarm, control and monitoring device of the BWMS (Ballast Water Testing Requirements).
Cruise ships, tankers and bulk cargo carriers use huge amounts of ballast water which is essential for safe and efficient operation. It is often taken on in coastal waters in one region and discharged at another location. If not properly monitored, ballast water can transport non-native species into USA waters. The potential ecological, economic and public health risks can be disastrous.
The Retlif North Carolina office has been relocated to 7140 Weddington Road, Suite 140, Concord, North Carolina, 28027 USA. Phone: 704 787 8474. The new facility is a 2,000 square foot industrial condo type design consisting of five individual office spaces and one large 1,000 square foot open area. Plans are for the location to be built out as a pre-compliance EMC laboratory are underway.
Retlif adds a Product Safety testing laboratory within our NY facility. The laboratory has been initially setup to focus on testing in support of the EU CE mark for various product sectors.
Retlif Testing Laboratories is proud to announce the election of our Corporate Laboratory Manager, Richard Reitz, to the position of president of National Cooperation for Laboratory Accreditation (NACLA).
NACLA is a not-for-profit corporation established in 1998. It was founded by representatives of public and private-sector organizations to provide coordination and focus for laboratory accreditation programs in the U.S.
NACLA’s primary mission is to evaluate U.S. laboratory accreditation bodies (ABs) and to grant recognition to those ABs found to be in compliance with NACLA procedures and the relevant international standards for competent ABs.
This process allows for the exchange of information between ABs which can result in the lowering of accreditation fees. NACLA also acts as a “bridge” between requestors of accreditation programs, accreditation bodies and independent laboratories, to develop meaningful and cost effective accreditation programs.
Richard has been an active Board Member of NACLA for several years and also lead several key committees for the organization.