Absolute Resource Associates- Environmental Services

Company Overview

Who We Are

Absolute Resource Associates provides professional, certified environmental services to customers all over New England. We help our clients who want to, or are required to, test and investigate environmental contaminants in soil, water and the indoor environment.


Absolute Resource Associates has earned a reputation as one of the most customer focused, detail oriented, environmentally conscious companies in the industry. We are proud to be leaders in utilizing technologies that improve project performance and focus on minimizing our impact to the environment.


Environmental Services:

Our services include investigations, professional assessments and sampling, certified laboratory services, indoor air quality services, and complete environmental project management related to contamination or suspected contamination of water, soil, and indoor air. We are dedicated to providing technically sound and quality focused solutions together with exceptional customer service.

The principals and partners of Absolute Resource Associates have over 120 years of combined experience in the environmental industry. Absolute Resource Associates has an atmosphere and culture which has demonstrated success with both large and small customers, and our client base ranges from residential to commercial, industrial, municipalities and government agencies. We all pride ourselves in being close to our customers, while working diligently to understand and support their needs.

Environmental Policy

We are committed to serving our customers and our environment by providing the highest quality data and services in support of their projects. We are a leader in seeking out energy saving technologies and environmentally sound practices.


In order to comply with State and Federal regulations, and to keep current with the latest industry procedures, Absolute Resource Associates is continually adding to and updating our long list of industry certifications and accreditations. While not required for each and every project, these various certifications help to keep ARA current with industry standards and requirements, and assure our clients that we are holding ourselves to the highest possible industry standards. Some of our certifications include:


  • DoD ELAP and ISO/IEC 17025 Accredited
  • SBA Woman Owned Small Business (WOSB)
  • DOT Certified Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE)
  • Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC)
  • WBENC-Certified Women Business Enterprise (WBE)
  • SBA 8(a) Graduate (2008-2017)


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In November of 2000,  owners Susan and Guy Sylvester purchased a small environmental testing laboratory in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, called Resource Laboratories LLC (RL). Over the next few years, the laboratory doubled in revenue by providing quality data, superior technical support and highly responsive customer service. 


In 2007, the owners launched Absolute Air Quality (AAQ), a new business division, to provide indoor air quality services to commercial and residential customers. This line of business was developed with firm adherence to regulatory and industry standards and certifications. Adding these services rounded out our offerings, and made us the "clean air, clean water and clean soil people".  


In January, 2011, the company was rebranded as Absolute Resource Associates (ARA). Since 2000, ARA has tripled in revenue, staffing and facility size, and is now well-known in the Federal, Commercial and Residential markets as one of the top environmental firms in New England.


Proudly serving New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Maine, Rhode Island, and Vermont. 




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