Buckman Laboratories International Inc. (Memphis, TN) is celebrating its 70th anniversary this year. The company was launched in 1945 by Dr. Stanley J. Buckman, a biochemist who had worked to develop a decay-resistant wood for military use. Its first sale was made in October of that year. Today, Buckman has 1,700 employees worldwide, and serves customers in 90 countries. It manufactures products in eight countries, including Canada, where it has a facility in Vaudreuil-Dorion, QC. The firm is still privately held, the current CEO being Steven Buckman, who himself ha spent 40 years with the company. “When I look back over our history, I am sure that Dr. Stanley Buckman would be proud of how Buckman has continued to grow and thrive,” he says. “We have thrived because we have been willing to adapt and change yet remain Buckman at our core – a company focused on our customers.” www.buckman.com