National Trench Safety to merge with Trench Plate Rental Co.

Apr. 04, 2021

National Trench Safety (NTS), Houston, and Trench Plate Rental Co. (TPRC), Artesia, Calif., have entered into a definitive agreement to merge. The combined company will be majority-owned by Tailwind Capital. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

NTS was founded by Ronald Chilton, president and CEO, who has led the business since 2003. NTS provides mission-critical safety solutions to over 4,000 customers, who look to NTS to provide premier trench shoring products and solutions for complex, highly engineered projects

Founded in 1979, TPRC is led by Phil Mason, president and CEO. TPRC provides a wide range of trench safety solutions including slide rail systems, trench boxes, aluminum shores as well as trench plates and traffic control equipment. TPRC focuses predominantly on the infrastructure-related end-markets.

The combined company will operate under the National Trench Safety brand and will be led by Mason. The business will offer a full suite of trench safety solutions, with unparalleled national reach and service capabilities.

“I look forward to joining forces with National Trench Safety, as we bring together our complementary businesses to drive unmatched customer service and continued growth. The merger will allow the combined company to better serve our customers on a national scale with enhanced fleet, improved service capabilities, and expanded footprint,” said Mason.

Bruce Dressel, TPRC chairman and Tailwind operating executive said, “over the last 18 years, Ron Chilton has built a nationally-renowned trench safety solutions platform with a stellar reputation. We are pleased to partner with the NTS team and look forward to driving long-term sustainable growth via new greenfields and additional M&A. We believe that the combined platform will allow us to better serve our customers and will provide exciting opportunities for our employees. I look forward to welcoming Ron to our board, where his deep industry knowledge and strategic insight will help further define our growth aspirations.”

Dressel joined Tailwind Capital in 2020 as an operating executive. He became TPRC chairman in January 2021 and is the former chief operating officer of Herc Holdings and former CEO and president of Sunbelt Rentals.

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