Central Research Laboratories® Celebrates Company’s 75th Anniversary in 2020

Central Research Laboratories® (CRL), a global leader in the remote-handling industry, is excited to announce that it will be commemorating its 75th anniversary in 2020.

Central Research Laboratories® (CRL), a global leader in the remote-handling industry, is excited to announce that it will be commemorating its 75th anniversary in 2020.

Founded in the fall of 1945 by three graduates of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology – Frank G. Chesley, Demetrius Jelatis and Gordon M. Lee – CRL initially began as a developer of radar-testing equipment for the U.S. military. In the ensuing 75 years, CRL has built a “Legacy of Innovation” and become an industry leader in the creation of remote-handling and containment solutions used in the Nuclear and Life Science industries around the world.

“We are incredibly proud to mark this significant milestone – 75 years of developing customized solutions for the specific needs of our clients is a real achievement,” said Tom Gahr, General Manager of CRL. “Developing innovative remote-handling technologies that help our customers achieve their highest level of performance has been the driving force behind the success of CRL since its founding shortly after World War II. That we stand here today, decades later, and continue to be a trusted ‘go-to’ partner for our many global clients, is a true testament to the expertise of the CRL team. Our past has provided a strong foundation and we look forward to a future of innovation.”

The creation of its Telemanipulator product line elevated CRL to the forefront of the remote-handling industry, where it remains the industry standard for the handling of hazardous nuclear materials. CRL Telemanipulators are the first choice for these applications as they are designed to easily and reliably extend the manipulative capabilities of the operator through natural hand motions that are mimicked identically from the master (command) arm to the slave (remote) arm located inside a hot cell.

In addition to its Telemanipulators, CRL’s robust product portfolio also includes Transfer Systems and Glove Ports. Fifty years ago, CRL introduced the innovative Double Door Transfer System and continuously builds upon this proven technology. Today, CRL offers a full family of products for rapid and repeatable transfer of hazardous and sterile materials. CRL Glove Ports are ideal for applications where isolation is required to protect operators or critical processes. These are available in a variety of sizes and shapes to accommodate any application need.

To mark its 75th anniversary, CRL will be hosting an Open House and ribbon-cutting ceremony at the brand-new Demonstration Space at its Red Wing, MN, headquarters later this year.

For more information on CRL and the 75-year “Legacy of Innovation” that has enabled it to develop its extensive family of customized remote-handling solutions, all of which are backed by superior customer service, please visit crlsolutions.com.


About CRL & Destaco 
Headquartered in Red Wing, MN, USA, Central Research Laboratories® (CRL) became a Destaco company in 2007. It possesses 75 years of innovation experience in the development of remote-handling systems, including Telemanipulators, Transfer Systems, Glove Ports and Waste Drum Transfer Systems. CRL solutions promote operator safety and efficiency when performing various tasks in nuclear and life science applications around the world.

Destaco, a Dover company, is a global leader in the design and manufacture of high-performance automation, workholding and remote-handling solutions. The company serves customers in a variety of end-markets, including the automotive, life science, consumer packaged goods, aerospace, industrial and nuclear sectors. Destaco is based in Auburn Hills, Michigan, U.S.A. The company has more than 800 employees with 13 locations, in 9 countries, across the Americas, Europe and Asia.

Destaco is part of Dover Corporation, a diversified global manufacturer with annual revenue of approximately $7 billion. Dover delivers innovative equipment and components, specialty systems, consumable supplies, software and digital solutions, and support services through five operating segments: Engineered Products, Fueling Solutions, Imaging & Identification, Pumps & Process Solutions and Refrigeration & Food Equipment. Dover combines global scale with operational agility to lead the markets we serve. Recognized for our entrepreneurial approach for over 60 years, our team of approximately 24,000 employees takes an ownership mindset, collaborating with customers to redefine what’s possible. Headquartered in Downers Grove, Illinois, Dover trades on the New York Stock Exchange under “DOV.”

More information is available at destaco.com and dovercorporation.com.