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A hazMat team had to be called in when an odor was detected after a truck penetrated the wall of a building belonging to AnalTech, a company name I swear to you all I am 100 percent not making up.

As a result of the collision at the intersection of Route 72 and Blue Hen Drive at 6 a.m., a pick up truck plowed through the wall of a nearby building.
Officials entering the building detected an odor, and a representative explained the smell was coming from a lab. A lab inside AnalTech had been damaged, and hazmat teams were called in due to the chemicals used at the facility.

No one was seriously injured in the crash, but you don’t care about that because you’re wondering how and why in the hell a legitimate business came to be known as AnalTech. Thankfully, there is what almost passes for a good answer to this question.

AnalTech specializes in such products as bulk adsorbents, cyclographs and other accessories used in chromatography.

While AnalTech, a manufacturer of thin-layer chromatography plates, could not be reached for comment about the incident, they’ve been vocal in the past about the history of its company name. 

In an email sent to the Houston Chronicle, a spokesperson revealed, “In 1964, the company paid a marketing firm to come up with a different name. They said, ‘Well, you guys do Analytical Technology – why don’t you put the two words together and call it ‘AnalTech!’ ”
However, the spokesperson admitted that “AnalTech faces certain challenges because of the ‘juvenile’ humor that has developed in the past few decades and current web filters that may block the company name” and has considered rebranding as a result.

Juvenile humour? I’m offended! You don’t see me coming to your office and denigrating your chromatography abilities, do you? And no, that’s not just because I don’t know what any of it means.

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