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Nurnberg Scientific has been the leading scientific supply company in Portland, OR since 1946. As a full service distributor we pride ourselves on our exceptional service. We offer local stock for those companies in the Pacific Northwest and a comprehensive website serving the world.


Product Lines

With our deep experience in the industry we have strong relationships with all the brands you expect from Kimble-Chase and Nalgene to EMD Chemicals and Whatman. See our Line Card for a list of our most common brands.


Nurnberg Scientific was started in 1946 as a division of Nurnberg Thermometer. Nurnberg Thermometer started in 1895 in New York by a German immigrant family. Through the first half of the century they manufactured thermometers for research, industry and gauges for the marine industry. Lifelong employee, Sam Friedland, bought the company and saw the opportunity to expand into the general laboratory products business.

Shortly after WWII Sam opened branches in Seattle, WA, Portland, OR, Los Angeles, CA and Berkeley, CA. Through the 50's and 60's the Portland office continued to grow mainly through the dedicated efforts of then manager, Bill Rhodes, and despite a devastating fire, continued to support the labs in the Pacific Northwest. The fire at the North Williams avenue facility in 1967 provided the opportunity to design a custom building with ample chemical storage. The building was finished in 1968 and appeared cavernous at 10,000 sq ft. In the 70's Sam brought his sons Phil and Jack into the business.

With the hiring of Dan Jauchius in 1977, Nurnberg began sourcing and packaging laboratory chemicals. There was a tremendous opportunity here since, at the time, all the chemicals were being shipped from the East Coast.

With the retirement of Bill in 1995, Dan took over as General Manager. He took the laboratory chemicals and broadened the line under the ChemProducts brand. Dan also built the Nova Microscopes brand, one of his successes being a deal for private labeling the VistaVision line for VWR International. The VistaVision line required the expansion of the Q/A department as well as creation of catalogs, manuals, custom packaging, technical support, a web presence, sales force training, as well as trade show appearances.

In 2004 Dan and Candi purchased Nurnberg from the Friedlands turning it into an Oregon owned company. Over the last six years Nurnberg has reinvested its growth in increasing both efficiency and flexibility, taking pride on innovative solutions for our customers. Nurnberg's dedicated team averages 18+ years in the business.