About the Laboratory Products Association

1933 SAMA Board Meeting1933 SAMA Board Meeting

1939 SAMA Meeting

1952 SAMA Meeting

1955 SAMA Meeting

1971 SAMA Annual Meeting at Greenbrier

1995 LPA Annual Meeting at Ranch Mirage

2014 LPA Annual Meeting at Napa Valley

2018 LPA Annual Meeting at
Boca Raton, Florida


2021 LPA Annual Meeting at Naples, Florida

2023 LPA Annual Meeting at Amelia Island, Florida

The Laboratory Products Association (LPA) was founded in 1918 as the Association of Scientific Apparatus Makers of the United States following the birth of the U.S. laboratory products industry during World War I. Over the decades, the association has evolved and transformed to what is today the LPA.  Since its founding, the LPA has played a vital role in the growth and stature of the laboratory products industry.

Traditionally, LPA member companies are manufacturers, distributors, and suppliers of lab products and services such as glass and plasticware, chemicals, equipment, and supplies used in scientific research and applied science and life science worldwide.

The Optical Imaging Association (OPIA) is an affiliate association of the LPA whose members are manufacturers of microscopes and microscopy components.

LPA Members, thank you for helping the LPA in Supporting a Lifetime of Science! Check out our Centennial Video

Historical Documents
The Story of SAMA/LPA with timeline
Download the full list of past SAMA Chairmen

A Time to Celebrate - November 2018
During the LPA's centennial year, we looked back on the transformation of the industry and celebrated the association and the members who contributed over the years. 

The Annual Meeting was held at the beautiful Boca Resort & Beach Club in Boca Raton, Florida and had record attendance. Aside, from the excellent line-up of speakers and ample opportunities to network with fellow members, members welcomed back "legends of the industry" in celebration of the LPA’s 100th Birthday.

Over the decades the LPA and SAMA (the LPA’s former parent association) have held a half dozen Annual Meetings at the Boca Resort.  Back in the day, a special dinner was held on the closing night of the meeting called the “SAMA Annual Dinner.”  This dinner was always a formal affair (black-tie) and included live entertainment.  When annual meetings were held at the Boca Resort, this dinner was held held in the glamorous Cathedral Ballroom.  On Monday evening, November 5, we had an epic “Centennial Celebration Dinner” in the ballroom pictured! This dinner was made extra special because we invited nearly 40 former LPA and SAMA leaders, industry legends, and former heads of SAMA sub-groups to celebrate this special occasion with us as our guests. Please click here to view pictures from the Centennial Celebration!

Interviewing Industry Legends
As we continue to appreciate our members, please read below for interviews we obtained during the course of our centennial year! 

Click here to read the Centennial Interview of Ralph Boehnke, Jr, of Eberbach Corporation, a semi-retired professional who was active in the LPA and is part of a four generation legacy in the industry.  Pictured here are Ralph Boehnke, Jr. and his wife, Isabel (Ibbie) at a SAMA Meeting. Eberbach Corporation has the distinction of being the oldest LPA Member!

LPA Celebrates 100 Years by Looking Back...Special thanks to Bob Forte of Thermo Fisher Scientific for providing his thoughts and observations based on almost 50 years of his industry experience. Click here to view the article.

Click here to read the Centennial Interview of Jerry Harris, of VWR, a semi-retired professional who was active in the LPA.
Jerry served as President & CEO of VWR from 1989-1999 and oversaw a number of changes and growth at the company during his tenure, as well as was very active in SAMA and the LPA. He is pictured here on his farm, Mallard Haven Farm.

Click here to read the Centennial Interview of Will Abele, of Troemner, a retired professional who 
served as of President & CEO of Henry Troemner (now part of Mettler Toledo) for nearly 25 years, as well as on several LPA committees and the LPA Board of Directors. 

View the evolution of the LPA logo below!

Thank you for your interest in the Laboratory Products Association!

For more information on membership, contact LPA staff directly:

Clark Mulligan, CAE
(703) 836-1360 x301

Angela Errera
Dir. of Membership, Marketing, & Communications
(703) 836-1360 x302

For pictures of past events, visit our Facebook page.
For videos, visit our YouTube and Vimeo pages. 





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