NTS Announces Acquisition of Qualtest, Inc.

Expands NTS Environmental, EMC and Hydraulic Testing Capabilities in the Southeastern United States

Calabasas, CA and Orlando, FL (August 11, 2015). National Technical Systems, Inc. (“NTS”), the leading independent provider of environmental simulation testing, inspection, and certification solutions in the United States, announced today that it has acquired Qualtest, Inc. of Orlando, Florida. Financial details of the acquisition were not disclosed.

Established in 1986, Qualtest is an internationally accredited, full-service testing provider with approximately 27,000 square feet between two testing facilities in Orlando. The acquisition of these facilities, which will become NTS Orlando, further strengthens NTS’ leadership in environmental simulation testing and expands its nationwide network of testing capabilities, including dynamic, climatic, EMI/EMC, hydraulic, and pneumatic testing.

“The addition of Qualtest brings to NTS an excellent team of industry professionals with a solid reputation for their expertise and customer service,” noted William C. McGinnis, President and CEO of NTS.

Fritz Depenthal, President of Qualtest, Inc., said “Having known NTS over the years as industry leaders and friendly competitors, we couldn’t be more pleased to be joining the NTS family, and I look forward to playing our part in NTS’ future success.”

“NTS clients in Florida and the surrounding states will benefit from the convenience of NTS Orlando and the added capabilities we now bring to the region,” McGinnis said. “The addition of two facilities in central Florida further enhances our ability to be responsive to customer testing needs and increases the “one-stop shop” capability for which NTS has become known. This is an excellent acquisition and further establishes us as the largest and most comprehensive environmental simulation testing laboratory network in the U.S.”

NTS is a portfolio company of Los Angeles-based Aurora Capital Group.

About National Technical Systems
National Technical Systems, Inc. (NTS) is a global independent provider of environmental simulation testing, inspection, and certification services, serving a broad range of industries, including the civil aviation, space, defense, nuclear, telecommunications, industrial, electronics, medical, and automotive end markets. During its more than 50 years in business, NTS has built the broadest geographic presence and sole national footprint in the United States, an unparalleled breadth of capabilities, and has fostered continuous innovation, making NTS a unique one-stop resource to meet its clients’ demanding and evolving requirements. Operating through a network of 24 technologically advanced testing laboratories across the United States, this geographically diverse footprint puts NTS facilities in close proximity to its more than 4,000 clients, allowing NTS to serve the nation’s most innovative companies with industry-leading accessibility and responsiveness. NTS’ offering spans more than 70 distinct environmental simulation and materials testing categories, including climatic, structural, dynamics, fluid flow, EMI/EMC, lightning, product safety, acoustics, failure analysis, chemical, and other industry-specific tests, allowing it to handle its clients’ most demanding needs. Additionally, the company is accredited by numerous national and international organizations, which allows NTS to have its test data nearly universally accepted worldwide. NTS operates its inspection division under the Unitek brand, providing a wide range of supply chain management services. NTS’ certification division, which operates under the NQA brand, is one of the largest and most respected global ISO registrars, with active certifications in more than 75 countries. For additional information about NTS, visit our website at www.nts.com or call 800-270-2516.

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