||Froehling and RobertsonOver 90 Years of Commitment to ASTM
Contributed by Jackie Taylor,
Froehling and Robertson
Over 100 years ago, the company known today as Froehling & Robertson
had its beginning as a chemical and medical research laboratory.
Dr. Henry Froehling, a native of Germany with a Ph.D. from the
University of Gottingen, started the company in 1876 in Baltimore,
Md. He had previously taught as a professor of chemistry, toxicology,
and medical jurisprudence at what is now Johns Hopkins University,
from where he had earned his M.D. degree. In 1881 he moved to
Richmond, Va., and expanded his laboratory operations to include
general chemistry and coal mining consultation.
Dr. Andrew Robertson joined Froehling about 1900 and, although
he left the company 10 years later, the name was established.
Froehling & Robertson was incorporated under the laws of Virginia
on Oct. 11, 1924.
In 1929, Samuel H. Shieb, M.D., Ph.D., became F&Rs president
and subsequently commenced the development of the physical testing
services normal to todays construction industryin cement and
concrete, bituminous materials, and steel. Following Dr. Shiebs
death in 1937, the new administration expanded the companys services
to include soil and geotechnical investigations, and radiographic
More recently, F&R has expanded its scope of services to include
environmental studies, product failure analysis and restoration
and rehabilitation support activities. These services were a natural
extension of the integrated growth of the company. F&Rs services
are provided throughout the mid-Atlantic region, which includes
but is not limited to Maryland, Virginia, the Carolinas, and Georgia.
Since 1904, F&R has been a member of ASTM. A 1924 publication
of ASTM states F&R was a member of Committee C01 on Cement, and
was also active in subcommittees on sampling and specific gravity.
Today, F&R remains actively involved by working on Committees
C01, C09 on Concrete and Concrete Aggregates, C12 on Mortars and
Grouts for Unit Masonry, C15 on Manufactured Masonry Units, D18
on Soil and Rock, and E36 on Conformity Assessment.
F&R will continue to expand and develop company operations to
meet the needs of an ever-changing industry by continuing dedication
to quality processes with evolution to new methods and materials.
As the oldest American-owned independent engineering laboratory
in the nation, F&R offers the services of professional engineers,
geologists, environmental scientists, chemists, certified industrial
hygienists, construction materials testing inspectors, and more.
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