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About Barr

An employee-owned engineering and environmental consulting firm incorporated in 1966, Barr solves complex challenges and delivers comprehensive solutions in mining, fuels, power, manufacturing, and the public sector. Barr’s 1,000 employees serve clients across North America and worldwide from offices in Minneapolis, Duluth, and Hibbing, Minnesota; Denver, Durango, Fort Collins, and Wheat Ridge, Colorado; Ann Arbor and Grand Rapids, Michigan; Jefferson City, Missouri; Reno, Nevada; Bismarck, North Dakota; Albuquerque and Farmington, New Mexico; Salt Lake City, Utah; Calgary, Alberta; Saskatoon, Saskatchewan; and from satellite offices in Fort McMurray, Alberta; Green River, Wyoming; and Pagosa Springs, Colorado. Learn more about Barr here.

About Barr's CEO

Ward Swanson began serving as Barr’s president and CEO in 2021, helping industry and regulatory authorities solve complex analytical issues related to preserving and restoring the environment. He is a nationally recognized expert on hydrocarbon fingerprinting, low-level mercury analysis, dioxin and furan analysis, and chemicals of concern such as per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) and 1,4-dioxane. His three decades of experience also encompass environmental-data quality assurance and quality control; laboratory regulation and certification; analytical methodologies; and internal-database quality.

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