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About Us

Midland Scientific, Inc. is a woman-owned, full line distributor of laboratory products such as chemicals,  instrumentation, general lab supplies, glassware, lab consumables, media, measurement equipment, plasticware, reagents, solutions, and much more.  MSI primarily serves the agricultural, educational, food, industrial, and research markets with a sales force that covers the entire United States.  To ensure the timely deliveries of your products, MSI has five distribution centers located in: Davenport, Iowa; Rapid City, South Dakota; Denver, Colorado; Bozeman, Montana; and Omaha, Nebraska. The Omaha location is also home to Midland Scientific’s corporate office.

Midland Scientific has showed continual expansion over the years in a highly competitive environment. Midland Scientific has achieved this uninterrupted growth by offering quality products, extensive product options, same day shipment, helpful and friendly sales and customer service representatives, and competitive prices.

Our History

Founder, John Gondring

Founder, John Gondring

Midland Scientific was founded on April 1, 1975 by John Gondring in Omaha, NE. The company’s objective was to meet the needs of industrial and commercial laboratories in the upper Midwest. John had previously worked in the Marketing Department of Mallinckrodt Chemical Works in St Louis. MO. A year later, John was joined by his wife Maggie, who brought ten years of experience at Monsanto in St Louis, MO with her. A warehouse and office were opened in Davenport, IA in 1977. In 2007, the company was acquired by the current owner, Vivian Pappel.

Maggie Gondring

Maggie Gondring

Midland Scientific was originally known for selling only Mallinckrodt Laboratory Chemicals. Over the years, many additional suppliers have been added to our product line. Today, Midland Scientific has grown into a full line distributor of laboratory equipment, products, and suppliers along with the traditional chemical, reagents, and solutions that we have always offered.  Midland Scientific now represents over 300 manufacturers with a variety of products for customers to choose from.The current MSI catalog contains well over 28,000 items on over 1900 pages. MSI has also put together a full e-commence website for customers to have one more way to shop and buy from us.

Vivian Pappel

Current Owner, Vivian Pappel

Today our website currently carries over 300,000 products and is constantly being updated with new products and promotions. Midland Scientific has a wide range of customers; however the typical customer is in the industrial, agricultural or food industries which are common in the Midwest.


Our Vision

  • To enable growth and add value to all that we touch.

Our Mission

  • To gain as much market share in the laboratory supply market as possible by earning:
    • The trust of our team members
    • The confidence of our customers
    • The support of our suppliers

Our Values

  • Act with integrity and honesty
  • Focus on customer success and compete to win
  • Recognize each person for the difference he or she makes
  • Create a safe and healthy work environment
  • Require compliance and embrace environmental stewardship
  • Drive innovation and results through effective processes and rapid, fact-based decision making



10651 Chandler Rd

Suite 102

La Vista, NE 68128


4616 Kimmel Dr

Davenport, IA 52802

South Dakota

13487 Sorrel Ct

Rapid City, SD 57702


3250 Oakland

Unit D

Aurora, CO 80010


351 Floss Rd

Unit A

Belgrade, MT 59714


231 E Nakoma


San Antonio, TX 78216