Fisher Scientific

Maker of scientific and research products.

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One Liberty Lane
Hampton, NH 03842
Employees: 17,500
CEO: Paul Montrone
Stock Symbol: FSH


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Fisher Scientific is a leading provider of products and services to the scientific community. Fisher helps supply researchers and clinicians in labs around the world with the tools they need. Fisher serves pharmaceutical and biotech companies; colleges and universities; medical-research institutions; hospitals; reference, quality-control, process-control and R&D labs in various industries; as well as governments and first responders.

From biochemicals, cell-culture media and proprietary RNAi technology to rapid-diagnostic tests, safety products and other consumable supplies, Fisher provides more than 600,000 products and services. It has 350,000 customers in 150 countries. The company's products can be ordered online.

Fisher reported record sales of $4.66 billion in 2004 and net income of $166.4 million.


The company was founded in Pittsburgh in 1902 by Chester Garfield Fisher as the Scientific Materials Company. Fisher was only 20 and a recent engineering graduate. His company was the first commercial source of equipment and reagents for the laboratories of western Pennsylvania's booming factories, as America became an industrial nation. C.G. Fisher's mission was to create a one-stop shop for the scientist.

In 1904, Fisher publishes his first catalog, the Scientific Materials Co. Catalog of Laboratory Apparatus & Supplies. Later renamed The Fisher Catalog, it set the industry standard and became a recognized scientific reference tool worldwide. Fisher now publishes catalogs in eight different languages.

The business was renamed Fisher Scientific Company in 1925. It went public in 1991.


Fisher Scientific offers competitive compensation programs, bonuses, profit sharing, 401k matching, and comprehensive benefits packages.

Updated July 12, 2005

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