Acme Selected to Take Over Global Discovery Laboratories from Teck

July 31st, 2009

On July 29th, 2009, Acme Analytical Laboratories (“Acme”) and Teck Resources Limited (“Teck”) completed an agreement that saw the transfer of all staff, equipment and work from Global Discovery Laboratories (formerly Teck Cominco Exploration Lab) to Acme Labs.

Teck’s decision to choose Acme from a variety of laboratories is part of Teck’s recent efforts to focus on core commodities and assets. With the availability of more modern high quality analytical laboratories such as Acme, there was no longer a need for Teck to support an internal laboratory.

“The choice of Acme was the result of a careful search by Teck to identify and work with a global analytical group that could best meet the high standards that we demand in our analytical work” commented Bob Holroyd, Director, Geosciences.

By purchasing the operations and assets of GDL, Acme will have greater capacity to handle higher sample volume, and a more diverse set of analytical packages. The additional expertise and analytical equipment will enable Acme to add the following capabilities to their services; X-ray Fluorescence, X-ray Diffraction, Scanning Electron Microscope, Umpire Assay and Heavy Mineral Separation.

The single largest benefit to Acme and its clients is the addition of highly experienced laboratory staff, as GDL employees will be retained in their current or expanded roles. GDL staff will enter into a dynamic employee-owned corporation with the opportunity to participate in the growth of one of the world’s leading independent, mineral-assay labs.

“The integration of GDL’s highly knowledgeable and skilled employees into the Acme family is not only beneficial to Teck but to all of our clients,” stated John Gravel, CEO of Acme. “It is an excellent investment in Acme’s future and greatly enhances our ability to deliver a wider range of services to our customers.”

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About Teck Resources Limited
Teck is a diversified resource company committed to responsible mining and mineral development with major business units focused on copper, metallurgical coal, zinc, gold and energy. Headquartered in Vancouver, Canada, its shares are listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange under the symbols TCK.A and TCK.B and the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol TCK. Further information about Teck can be found at

About Acme Labs
Since inception in 1971, AcmeLabs has been recognized as one of the leading geochemical and assaying laboratories to geologists and stock exchanges worldwide. Acme currently operates 20 facilities in 12 countries. Further information about Acme can be found at

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