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SGS Red Lake Lab facility is shut down and all staff have been ordered to evacuate the area

Red Lake, ON (August 11, 2020)  - The Municipality of Red Lake was ordered to evacuate in the evening of August 10, 2020 due to an approaching and uncontrolled forest fire. As a result, the SGS Red Lake Lab facility is shut down and all staff have been ordered to evacuate the area.

The fire sparked Monday afternoon about two kilometres northeast of Madsen and moved towards Harry’s Corner.

The safety of our staff and customers is of paramount importance to SGS as we navigate the challenges presented to us by this unexpected forest fire. If your company requires support in the short term, we are able to direct new samples to other facilities within our network. Please note that delays will be unavoidable with the complete shutdown of the Red Lake Lab facility and the evacuation of the staff.

A Crisis Management Team has been formed to provide guidance and to enact specific protocols to respond to this crisis. Further, a business continuity plan designed to deal with any type of business disruption has been activated to minimize the impact to our operations and leverage our Canada wide network.

The business operations of the SGS Red Lake Lab facility will be re-started once it is safe to do so and as directed by local authorities.

More information will be released in the coming days. For updates on this evolving situation, visit:

We would like to express our appreciation for your cooperation during this difficult time. 

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Fulvio Martinez
Head of Regional Communications
SGS North America
C: 281-714-6765