Prior to 2007 – In 1994 Patricia and the late David Bailey bought East West Agricultural Laboratory and offered agricultural soil testing. Services were expanded by offering testing services such as water, plant tissue, germinations and protein on grains. ASPAC proficiency and accreditation was gained for both plant and soil. The failing health of David led to the sale of the laboratory.
2007 – The business was purchased, strategic plans were put in place and with a considerable amount of work the business was re-located, rebranded and revitalized. Participation in community was encouraged and memberships of industry networks formed.
2008 – The website was launched, field sampling and testing for groundwater were implemented and staff were encouraged to undergo training to fill the gaps.
2009 – East west diversified into physical soil testing for sports fields, irrigated turf and cropping industries as well as contaminated soil investigation reports.
2010 – East West became a NATA registered lab with accreditation for chemical soil testing. We also developed services for Excavated Natural Material validation (ENM & VENM) reports as well as sampling and monitoring for environment protection licenses.
2011 – East West incorporated the Tamworth branch of Hunter Geotechnics (NATA accredited) into the business. We now offer a range geotechnical services for soils, aggregates and concrete along with geo sampling and consulting services.
2012 – The focus of East West was to grow the business sustainably with the introduction of automation, reducing chemical consumption and increasing the services that are offered. The ongoing training of staff to cover all aspects of services creates a varied and fulfilling workplace.
2013 – Consolidation of services offered, rebranding as East West, updated website and the introduction of Laboratory Information Management Systems for improving turnarounds and our reliability of service. Introduction of testing AS4419 for landscaping soils, AS4454 for composts mulches and conditioners and AS3743 for potting mixes.
2014 – Winners of New England North West Regional NSW Chamber Awards for Excellence in Small Business and NSW State Finalist. Finalist in the North West NSW Industry & Investment Innovation Awards.
2015 - Gained NATA accreditation for a range of water testing and introduced an Internal paperless information management system.