Retlif  Welcomes Congressman Garbarino with Laboratory Tour and Roundtable Discussion       

Retlif Testing Laboratories, the globally recognized, independent, EMC/EMI and environmental testing organization welcomed New York State Congressman Andrew Garbarino to their secure Ronkonkoma New York facility for an escorted tour of the EMC (Electromagnetic Compatibility) and Environmental Simulation Services (ESS) laboratories. The tour was followed by a roundtable discussion in support of military contracting and defense manufacturing on Long Island, logistics and supply chain issues, and the growing employment opportunities within the contracting space.

The get-together commenced with a presentation by Retlif President Walter A. Poggi and Business Development Manager Owen Watford which provided an overview of Retlif’s history, services, facilities, industries served, accreditations and approvals. Congressman Garbarino received guided tours of the EMC laboratory by Retlif Executive Vice President William Hayes, and Retlif’s ESS laboratory by Laboratory Supervisor Nick Accardi..

The visit also included an industry roundtable discussion with Congressman Garbarino and six members from the Corporate Committee of the Long Island Council of the Navy League representing leading Long Island defense manufacturers. Topics included the value of technical education and training, the lack of emphasis by schools despite an acute shortage of technicians and engineers, and the need for educational funding to support these growing employment opportunities. Congressman Garbarino expressed support and appreciation for Long Island’s military manufacturing community and offered a helping hand for projects in need of appropriation.

The Corporate Committee of the Long Island Council of the Navy League






Retlif’s Walter Poggi

“I am extremely appreciative of Congressman Garbarino’s visit to Retlif headquarters,” stated Walter Poggi, “and I know he received a thorough appreciation of how our testing supports Long Island’s defense manufacturing community. I am also very pleased that we were able to provide a forum for Congressman Garbarino to meet representatives of the Corporate Committee of the Long Island Council of the Navy League in person to better understand their concerns and interests regarding the future of  defense manufacturing on Long Island.”


About Retlif Testing Laboratories: Founded in 1978 and headquartered in Ronkonkoma, New York, Retlif Testing Laboratories is one of the USA’s highest profile independent testing laboratories. Retlif provides complete EMC/EMI and Environmental Simulation Testing and engineering services for medical, aerospace and aviation, avionics, rail and transit, maritime, military, defense, and homeland security products. Retlif’s test data is recognized worldwide. The organization is strategically focused on test results with a mission to provide tangible customer value through testing and engineering services.