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Local company sees spike in business after oil spill

Galson Laboratories in East Syracuse is seeing an increase in business because of the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, and that means it will soon hire more people.

One of Galson's clients is an environmental health and safety business. That business needs to make sure workers in the Gulf region are working in safe conditions. It sends air samples to Galson for testing, and Galson sends data back. Galson has sent out 2,500 kits, and a few hundred have been sent back so far.

" It's been pretty crazy," says Katie Drago, a senior chemist at Galson. "We've been getting ready in anticipation for all the samples coming in, and we're just getting stuff set up."

Galson does this type of testing for businesses throughout the United States. Galson President Joe Unangst says the company needs to hire five more chemists to handle the additional work. He expects the company will be even busier when the oil comes ashore.

"This is going to go on for several years, similar to the Exxon Valdez," says Unangst. "It took a long time to get that cleaned up. These people will have to be monitored to make sure they're safe during the entire cleanup process."

For the open positions, Unangst says he's looking for people with a chemistry, biology, or other science degree who have some experience working with instrumentation. Recent college graduates will also be considered.

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