National Technical Systems Acquires Wyle Laboratories in Huntsville, California
CALABASAS, California – National Technical Systems, Inc. (NTS), the leading independent provider of environmental simulation testing, inspection, and certification solutions in the United States, today announced that it has acquired the testing business of Wyle Laboratories, Inc.
Operating out of three state-of-the-art facilities, Wyle Labs’ testing business is a leader in environmental, dynamics, structural, EMI/EMC, fluid flow, and acoustics testing solutions, primarily serving the nuclear, space, and defense end markets. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.
Wyle Labs’ testing laboratories are located in Huntsville, Alabama, El Segundo, California, and San Bernardino, California and provide a diverse array of testing services, bringing significant new capabilities and geographic coverage to NTS’s national network of 25 laboratories.
- NTS Huntsville is the single largest independent environmental simulation testing lab in the country, boasting a strong presence in the aerospace, defense, nuclear, and voting systems industries for more than 50 years.
- NTS El Segundo is a renowned leader in the space and civil aviation markets and possesses a unique portfolio of highly customized equipment.
- NTS San Bernardino offers a highly specialized suite of testing, primarily for aerospace propulsion development, and specializes in rocket firing and high flow, high pressure fluid and cryogenic testing.
These facilities will allow NTS to create “centers of excellence” with truly exceptional capabilities for nuclear and space testing in support of NTS’s mission to be the natural first choice for independent testing solutions.
NTS President and Chief Executive Officer William C. McGinnis said, “The addition of Wyle Labs’ testing business to the NTS network will enable us to exceed our customers’ needs and deliver the world-class independent solutions they deserve. Add-on acquisitions have always been an integral component of our strategy, and adding the Wyle testing assets to our portfolio of solutions is the latest example of the significant technological, personnel, and capital investments we are making to support our customers. We are confident that this combination enhances our position as the preeminent independent environmental simulation testing, inspection, and certification provider in North America, and we welcome the Wyle team to NTS.”
Keith Wilson, General Manager of the Huntsville, Alabama facility, said, “We are excited to join the NTS family of testing labs. This is a terrific opportunity for our employees, customers, and our company as NTS is a recognized leader that allows us to enhance our testing capabilities and breadth of service offering for both new and existing customers. NTS has an excellent reputation in many of the industries we currently serve, and we look forward to working as a team to provide best-in-class testing solutions to our customers across the country.”
NTS Chief Operations Officer Derek Coppinger highlighted the unique history among both companies.
“The founders of NTS actually started their careers here at the Wyle location and so this is a historic day for both companies who have been in business for over 50 years and have proudly contributed to our national programs throughout our entire history,” Coppinger said.
NTS is a portfolio company of Aurora Capital Group, which acquired NTS in a take-private transaction in November 2013. Gibson Dunn & Crutcher LLP served as legal advisor to NTS.