Microbiologicals is the premier suppler of prepared media in North
America, with customers in diverse markets such as Pharmaceutical
and Biotech, Medical and Research Institutions, Universities,
Hospitals and Clinics, Food and Beverage Manufacturers and
Suppliers, Medical Device Manufacturers, and Veterinarians. Founded
in 1969 by Mr. Art Torland, it has become an industry standard in
the laboratory industry.
roots date back to 1959 when Art Torland, a medical technologist,
began supplying blood from his own three sheep (named Faith, Hope,
and Charity) to the hospital where he was employed as lab
supervisor. Mr. Torland's lab, like most labs at that time, made
virtually all of its own culture media "in the back room" using
glass Petri dishes which were subsequently washed and reused.
Because Mr. Torland was the only local source of fresh animal blood,
he was soon supplying blood to several other local laboratories. By
1968 he had to resign from his position at the hospital to devote
full time to his growing animal blood business.
the opportunity arose to begin supplying prepared culture media to
some of the other local laboratories. Art's brother Julian, an
experienced production manager, came into the business as a partner,
and the two of them built their first manufacturing facility near
Portland, Oregon. PML now has two production and four distribution
sites in the US and Canada.
grew, its' product line was also expanding beyond culture media to
include virtually all items used by the microbiologist, including
the susceptibility testing systems, parasitology products, specialty
blood culture systems, reagents, stains and irradiated and
terminally sterilized media. Consequently the decision was made to
change the company's name from "Prepared Media Laboratory" to "PML
Microbiologicals" to more accurately portray the scope of products
manufacturing facility has its' own fully equipped quality control
testing laboratory staffed by experienced microbiologists. PML
adheres to the recommendations of the FDA, NCCLS, US Pharmacopoeia
and European Pharmacopoeia as a basis for the quality control
testing of its products' performance. As the only prepared media
manufacturer in North America with two ISO registered sites, PML is
able to deliver the highest quality product with maximum shelf life.
humble beginnings as a one man operation, PML now employs over 180
people in 4 locations and serves laboratories throughout the world.
Now, as in the past, our primary objective is to provide the finest
products supported by the most dedicated service to a growing number
of laboratories. Our customers are our focus.
PML’s quality statement has been established to express our
intent to become a leader in customer satisfaction.