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Fisher Scientific Company is an American company based in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. It specializes in the distribution of laboratory equipment and supplies for research and development, education, science teaching laboratories, and industrial applications. In 2007-2008 the company acquired related companies such as Phenomenex Inc., Aldrich Chemical Co., Inc., BioReliance Corporation. By 2012 it had over 800 locations in 65 countries worldwide. The company's U.S. operations are headquartered in Hollidaysburg, Pennsylvania, a few miles west of Altoona.
Fisher Scientific was founded by Louis Vetter (1871–1949) who opened its first store selling distilled water out of his home in Pittsburg on April 12th 1898. After naming the business after his favorite inventor - Isaac Newton Fisher - the business developed out of his garage selling glassware, chemicals and scientific apparatus. His wife, Sadie Edelstein (1874–1957) joined the company in 1909 after working for years as an illustrator at Sigmund Bergman's publishing house.