Laboratory Equipment Company (LabEquipCo) was co-founded in 1948 in the resurging economic era following World War II, by J. Karl Kolhede and Albert Schlichtmann, former sales representatives for Braun, Knecht, Heimann, a large laboratory chemical and supply distributor. Following the passing of Albert, J. Karl Kolhede assumed full ownership and passed leadership of the company to his two sons, Kurt and Brent Kolhede.
Relationships and Experience
LabEquipCo is a family-operated business specializing in capital equipment and instrumentation for laboratories of all types. For more than 65 years we have built upon our foundation of long-term relationships with both our customers and the manufacturers we represent.
We serve as major representatives for laboratory equipment sales and product support for customers on the West Coast. For two decades our customer base has been centralized in industrial, research, and biotechnology laboratories.
LabEquipCo has grown by enhancing our expertise in the products we offer and by providing prompt and effective response to customer needs, before, during and after purchase.
As an independent manufacturers’ representative, we search the world for new and innovative products. We are a reflection of the global nature of today’s business, with a product line that includes goods manufactured in Canada, France, Japan, Germany and Finland.
Our goal is to find and offer our customers the highest quality and best designed products, with excellent after purchase technical support. The greatest compliment we receive is when our customers look to us as an information resource as well as a source of quality laboratory equipment. We pride ourselves on maintaining the personal touch our customers have come to expect.