The idea of putting up a testing laboratory was conceived early in 1997 by Mr. Rey Kangleon. After his early retirement from being a Quality Manager, he started a new career in selling insurance products. While practicing his new profession, one of his old colleagues, which he was selling insurance products to, suggested putting up a testing laboratory for various feed milling plants that would compete with existing laboratories for faster turn-around of test results at lower costs. He considered the idea and then appealed to his former R&D colleagues to be his partners in the business. On July 1, 1997, F.A.S.T. Laboratories' testing business was recognized as a primary service cooperative of technical professionals and it soon started its operations in Batangas and Cubao. From this humble beginning, the F.A.S.T. Laboratories continued to draw a record of sustained growth through the years. Small, medium and large industries requiring analytical services and technical expertise have poured in as valued and satisfied customers of this small but "power-packed" technical cooperative.
For the blessed 20 years, the cooperative says thanks as they look forward to the future with the anniversary's theme, "Pasasalamat at Paghahanda sa Pag-unlad." Numerous events and projects were scheduled throughout the year as a testament of FAST Lab's Mission for service to their customers, employees and member-shareholders as well as to the community and to the government. Their project Palikuran at Paliguan para kay Lolo brought a toilet and bath area for the male elderly at the Luwalhati ng Maynila Home for the Aged. The cooperative also organized a mass wedding ceremony, Kasalang Bayan for two of their employees who longed to tie the knot. There was also the donation of the drinking fountains and career orientation to five schools, one in each city where the laboratories are located.
As the year-long celebration ends, the cooperative wishes for more years of excellent service and more opportunities to give back to their customers, employees, member-shareholders, to the community and to the government.