July 18, 2018, Frederick, MD – A2LA celebrated its 40th anniversary today with a reception at its Headquarters in Frederick, MD. A2LA members, customers, past and present staff, local government representatives and other invited guests gathered to reminisce on A2LA’s past and look to the future potential for A2LA to expand in its goal of making the world a better place through accreditation.
Julianna Albowicz, on behalf of Senator Van Hollen, presented A2LA with a senatorial citation in recognition of this milestone achievement. A2LA’s recently expanded office space includes a new conference room, which was dedicated at the event. Long-time legal counsel, Jim Hostetler, was honored with the dedication of the new “Hostetler Board Room.”
“A2LA has been continuously successful over its 40-year history. Our celebration today not only recognized what A2LA has historically achieved, but also the foundation we are setting for future success and growth. I look forward to another 40 years of A2LA providing leadership in its industry,” said Lonnie Spires, A2LA President and CEO.
A2LA is a non-profit, non-governmental, third-party accreditation body, offering internationally-recognized accreditation services and training to testing and calibration laboratories, inspection bodies, proficiency testing providers, reference material producers and product certifiers.
Originally known as AALA, but changed to A2LA in 1987, A2LA was established in July 1978, following overwhelming demand in the market for a multi-discipline, private sector accreditation system in the United States. Since its creation, A2LA has established itself as the largest multi-discipline accreditation organization in the United States and one of the largest in the world. A2LA’s brand is known worldwide for quality and customer service in the conformity assessment arena.