Empowering Results

The one thing all laboratories need to be successful is results they feel confident in.

Since 1936, millions of samples worldwide have been analyzed using LECO instruments for elemental analysis, thermal analysis, metallography, and mass spectrometry. Our comprehensive solutions for improving productivity include working with you to find the right equipment for the type of analysis you are doing — and providing you with the training, application support, and service you need to keep your lab running at its best. 

We take away the stress and frustration your laboratory experiences when faced with the increasing demands of doing more with less.

About Our Company

Established in 1936 by Carl Schultz, the Laboratory Equipment Company introduced what would be the first rapid carbon determinator to the American iron and steel industry. Today, over 80 years later, LECO continues to be a family-owned company in its third generation of leadership and is recognized globally as a leader in the development of high-quality elemental and thermal analysis equipment, mass spectrometers and chromatographs, metallography and optical equipment, and consumables.

LECO established its first international office in Germany in 1967, and since that time has grown to include over 25 worldwide subsidiaries and distributors who are authorized to sell our equipment to over 75 countries around the Globe. Our on-site Compliance Testing Center (CTC) helps strengthen a commitment to worldwide excellence by ensuring all global compliance standards are met.

Our headquarters in St. Joseph, Michigan, USA, is comprised of several facilities each dedicated to improving customer success, including state-of-the-art research and development centers and rugged manufacturing facilities. From stamped metal parts to complex electronic assemblies, most components for our instruments are innovated and produced in-house. Through this vertical integration system, we are able to maintain strict control over the manufacturing and assembly process in accordance with our quality standards.

In 2006, we opened the doors to our Global Support Center—a facility dedicated to providing customers with service, training, and additional support after the sale of their instrument. A global network of service professionals help ensure customers around the world receive the service they need.

Metallographic and analytical laboratories at our new Customer Experience Center and our mass spectrometry lab at the ESW Technical Centre provide application assistance, instrument demonstrations, and technical presentations for new and current customers, while our optical service laboratory offers accredited calibrations for our hardness testing and microscopy equipment.

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LECO's Global Presence

In 1967, LECO established its first international office with the formation of the Export Division in Germany.

LECO has over 25 subsidiaries and international offices worldwide, in countries such as Germany, the United Kingdom, Australia, Sweden, Canada, and Mexico. Additional distributors are authorized by LECO to sell and service our products to the rest of the world.

More information about our Global Offices can be found on our Contact Page.

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