DES MOINES, Iowa -- Ardin Backous has a rare distinction: He works every day in a room with his name on it.
The 69-year-old Des Moines native's bosses surprised him in April — at his 50th anniversary at a Des Moines biotechnology company — by naming a lab used for food testing after him.
"It is one of the most rewarding things a person can imagine," Backous said. "For someone to appreciate what you have done by hanging in there ... how much better can life get than them naming a lab after you?"
Backous is director of food operations in North America for Eurofins, a Belgian company. He helps the global food-testing company ensure the food consumers buy at the grocery store is safe, and that the nutrition value labels so many rely upon are accurate.