NEPIRC’s Board of Directors recently elected Jeff Gittleman, President/Owner of HawkMtn Labs, Inc. to the Board.

HawkMtn Labs is a Hazleton-based independent laboratory that specializes in environmental testing and related services, including environmental analytical testing, coal and solid fuel testing and filter media analyses. Under Mr. Gittleman’s leadership, the company realized annual growth rates in excess of 20% for each of the past nine years and has grown by over 300% since its inception in 1985. The company employs 34 full-time employees, many of which hold advanced degrees in Biology, Microbiology, Environmental Science and Molecular Biology.

HawkMtn Labs is ISO certified, PA DEP NELAP certified and was recognized as the 2010 Small Business of the Year by the Greater Hazleton Chamber of Commerce.

Mr. Gittleman is also a member of the Board of Directors of the Eastern Middle Anthracite Regional Recovery Program, Northeastern Economic Development Company of PA and Agudas Israel Synagogue.