TUVRheinland acquires Unified Testing Services

July 1, 2008 — TÜVRheinland acquired Unified Testing Services, Inc. (UTS), a full-service testing and consulting engineering firm based in Woodstock, Ala. The acquisition folds a variety of new services into TÜVRheinland’s portfolio and makes UTS a standalone member of TUV Rheinland of North America Group.

Founded in 1993, the privately-based UTS generates $8 million in annual revenues and has 70 employees. UTS offers a wide variety of testing and inspection services focused on materials, construction, transportation, facilities and environmental engineering. Overall, services include: environmental consulting and testing, destructive and nondestructive materials testing, and shop fabrication inspection of structural steel bridges.

“Acquiring Unified Testing Services will extend our capabilities to include a broad spectrum of new industries, allowing TÜVRheinland to deliver a more comprehensive portfolio of services to our clients throughout the U.S., Canada and Mexico,” said Stephan Schmitt, President and CEO of TUV Rheinland of North America.

UTS features five service groups that will become part of TUVRheinland’s wide range of testing, inspection and certification services for global clients. These groups include:
  • Engineering and Environmental Services Group – focuses on a variety of lead and asbestos testing, sampling, analysis and abatement offerings; assessments of environmental sites and storage tanks; and storm water management.
  • NDE Services Group – offers the latest technology and skilled inspectors to perform visual, radiographic, ultrasonic, magnetic particle, and liquid penetrant inspections, as well as destructive or nondestructive testing of manufactured and mechanical parts, locks and dams, and structural steel.
  • Industrial Services Group – performs “outage-type” non-destructive testing for pulp and paper mills, power plants, chemical refineries, and bulk storage facilities. Services include annual boiler inspections, pressure vessel and critical piping inspections, and mechanical integrity verification.
  • D.O.T Services Group – provides shop fabrication inspection services on welded structural steel bridges, qualifications of welders and welder procedures, nondestructive testing of welds, and material verification.
  • Construction Services – combines expertise from multiple service groups within the Unified Testing family to assist owners, lending institutions, architects, and developers with the critical processes associated with the construction industry today.

    “After 15 exciting years of business, UTS is now facing its greatest opportunity,” said Donald Uptain, President of Unified Testing Services. “By merging with TÜVRheinland, our markets have expanded well beyond the southeastern U.S. I am most excited for our dedicated employees. With this merger, their horizons have greatly expanded and their opportunities for professional growth are unlimited.”

    Generally, the markets UTS serves are: state departments of transportation, universities, banking and real estate institutions, paper and steel mills, steel fabrication shops, amusement/theme parks, and state and local government agencies.

    Scott-Macon, Ltd. of New York City assisted TÜVRheinland with the acquisition. Scott-Macon is one of the country’s oldest independent investment banks with extensive transaction experience with a broad range of companies and transaction sizes in mergers and acquisitions.

    About TÜVRheinland
    TÜVRheinland is the world leader in independent testing and assessment services. The $1.5 billion-corporation is comprised of an international network of more than 11,000 employees at over 340 locations in 60 countries and serves most industry sectors and markets worldwide. TÜVRheinland is a member of the Global Compact of the United Nations, a global network of companies and interest groups involved in the world’s largest voluntary corporate social responsibility initiative.