About Northeast Laboratory Services

Northeast Laboratory Services is a full-service, accredited laboratory providing a wide range of environmental analytical chemistry and microbiology testing services, and manufactured microbiological prepared media products.

NEL employs over 65 full and part time laboratory technicians, support service personnel and administrators and has two facilities. The Chemistry Laboratory, Microbiology Laboratory and Media Manufacturing Laboratory are located at 227 China Road in Winslow, Maine. Administrative offices are also located in Winslow, Maine.

The Food Microbiology Laboratory is located at 120 Main Street in Westbrook, Maine. The Westbrook facility also serves as a satellite location for all departments and is utilized for courier and field services.


The business was founded in 1972 as Maine Poultry Consultants and later became Maine Poultry Consultants/Northeast Laboratory Services.

After a decline in the poultry business in Maine, causing the closure of Maine Poultry Consultants, the business served its environmental and microbiological products clients under the name of Northeast Laboratory Services (NEL) for the next several years.

In 1997, NEL merged with Binax, Inc. a Portland-based research and development firm. Binax/NEL operated as a separate entity to the Portland facility, complete with it’s own management team and accounting functions.

In April of 2001, the Laboratory was purchased back by it’s original founder, Dr. Kenneth Eskelund and Mr. Rodney "Beau" Mears, NEL CEO and President after it was decided that the two businesses did not compliment one another and the merger was dissolved.

Mission Statement

NEL is a full-service, accredited laboratory providing a wide range of environmental analytical chemistry and microbiology testing services, and manufactured microbiological prepared media products.

Our commitment is to offer complete support service that includes evaluation and diagnostic consultation to our variety of clients, who range from the local homeowner testing water for safe drinking to the international pharmaceutical client testing products for resale to the public.

NEL clients expect and deserve accurate and reliable test results and premier culture media products. It is NEL’s goal to exceed their expectations by providing the highest quality of products and services while maintaining a safe, friendly and professional work environment for its employees.

President & CEO, Mr. Rodney "Beau" Mears

Mr. Rodney “Beau” Mears has over twenty-nine years of laboratory manufacturing and analysis experience. He is currently the President and CEO of Northeast Laboratory Services (NEL), a Maine based microbiology, chemistry and media manufacturing laboratory serving numerous companies and businesses both locally and internationally. NEL employs approximately 70 people.

Formerly, Mr. Mears held the following positions: Vice President and Board Director with Binax Laboratories, a manufacturer of medical kits in the pulmonary field; General Manager of Meridian Biomedical, a manufacturer and analyzer of allergy and allergy therapeutics in Austin, Texas; and Director of Operations and Systems Integration at Ventrex Laboratories, a medical device contract manufacturing services provider.

Mr. Mears has participated and instructed in many Indoor Air Quality seminars including “Strategies for Conducting Meaningful Microbial Investigations”. He holds a degree in Business Administration and has attended and taught various courses over the past twenty-nine years. While in Texas Mr. Mears studied Biology and Chemistry at a local community college.

Industry Affiliations

American Industrial Hygiene Association
American Council of Governmental Industrial Hygienists
The Indoor Air Quality Council
Maine Indoor Air Quality Council
American Society for Microbiology
National Association of Environmental Professionals
American Management Association

Community Service Affiliations

Honorary Co-Chairman, Business Advisory Council of the National Republican Congressional Committee
Past Board of Directors Member, United Way of Mid-Maine
Board of Directors Member, Kennebec Valley Community College
Board of Directors Member, Teague Center
Board of Directors Member, Maine Manufacturing Association
Board of Directors Member, Maine Indoor Air Quality Association