ROCHESTER, N.Y., Oct. 2, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Transcat, Inc. (Nasdaq:TRNS) (Transcat or the "Company"), a leading provider of accredited calibration, repair, inspection and compliance services and distributor of professional grade, handheld test, measurement and control instrumentation, announced that John Harms joined the Company as Vice President of Compliance Services. Within this role, Mr. Harms will lead Transcat's initiatives to further develop relationships in the Analytical and Validation business. Mr. Harms has several years of industry related experience and has demonstrated success in establishing and growing account relationships with major FDA regulated, life science and medical devices manufacturing companies. Lee D. Rudow, President and CEO of Transcat commented, "The addition of John further strengthens our already strong leadership team. His blended background of business development and operational leadership creates unique value for Transcat and is a perfect fit for the recently acquired Validation and Analytical Qualification services. His track record for driving growth and profitability will help foster our ambitious expectations for this business." Prior to joining Transcat, Mr. Harms worked 12 years for Tektronix/Sypris Technologies, where he held leadership roles in both strategic business development and service operations. His past experience also includes management roles for Telogy and Instrument Repair Labs, with oversight and P&L responsibility for multiple business units. ABOUT TRANSCAT Transcat, Inc. is a leading provider of accredited calibration, repair, inspection and compliance services including analytical instrument qualifications, equipment and process validation. Targeted industries include life science, biotechnology, medical device, pharmaceutical and other FDA-regulated industries, industrial manufacturing, energy and utilities, chemical manufacturing and other industries. Throughout its 18 strategically located centers of excellence in the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico, Transcat delivers precise services with reliable turn-around times. The breadth and depth of measurement parameters addressed by Transcat's ISO/IEC 17025 scopes of accreditation are believed to be among the best in the industry.