Curtis-Straus - Who We Are
Our roots date back to 1979, the genesis of the electromagnetic compatibility (EMC) “revolution.” Isidor Straus founded one of the first FCC-accredited test sites in the country (DS&G) and hired a bright young MIT student, Jon Curtis, who quickly became the lab’s chief engineer. That company would then merge with ETL testing labs of Cortland, New York.
The already steady market demand for EMC testing exploded with the introduction of the European Union (EU) EMC Directive. To respond to that need, in 1997 Isidor, Jon and Jim Lewis formed a new venture. Their mission was to build a “boutique” lab driven by “technical expertise, operational excellence with a superior customer experience.” Equipped with no more than a white “party tent”, a rented HP spectrum analyzer and a set of Roberts antennas - Curtis-Straus was born. By 1999, the 18,000 square foot facility in Littleton, Massachusetts was operating four fiberglass all-season “Open Area Test Sites” (OATS), two anechoic RF chambers, and a full complement of immunity testing equipment.
By 2001, Curtis-Straus had become a Nationally Recognized Testing Laboratory (NRTL) and accredited by the Standards Council of Canada (SCC), critical steps to becoming the one-stop-shop our clients needed. In that year, we became one of the few Verizon- accredited “Independent Test Labs” (ITL) in the country. Along with these accreditations came the expansion of our environmental simulation laboratory; the first in New England to offer full GR-63-CORE testing capabilities.
The market embraced our approach and made Curtis-Straus the largest and most preferred testing lab for the Telecom and ITE industries in New England. As we grew, Isidor, Jon and Jim kept everyone focused on the original mission, delivering technical expertise, operational excellence, with superior customer relationships.
As the world grew smaller and domestic manufacturers started to think more globally, it became apparent that Curtis-Straus would need bigger and broader compliance solutions to meet our client’s needs. In 2005, Curtis-Straus agreed to an acquisition by Bureau Veritas, one of the largest and most well respected players in the global certification market.
Overnight, Curtis-Straus was able to offer the international reach of Bureau Veritas. With offices in 141 countries, we provide our local clients with global access solutions. Electrical testing laboratories in France, Germany, Taiwan, Hong Kong and China provide Curtis-Straus clients access to a worldwide network of compliance expertise, testing services, and supply chain management.
Littleton LocationIn 2009, we moved to a new 60,000 square foot facility just down the road from our old lab. Still located in Littleton, Massachusetts, we are a quarter mile away from our expanded environmental simulation facility. With the purchase of two new anechoic EMI chambers, two indoor “OATS” sites, a ferrite tiled shielded room and more than 12 radiated/conducted/EMC ground planes, Curtis-Straus is the largest and most modern equipped EMC/safety facility in New England.
Curtis-Straus continues to grow. Some of our newest services include: marine equipment type approval, medical device testing, automotive component testing, Energy Star approval, CB scheme certification, and more. Throughout this growth, we have never lost sight of our core values that remain the same, just amended to reflect the global needs of our clients.
"Technical expertise, operational excellence with a superior customer experience .… locally for the global market"
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