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National Trench Safety to Merge with Trench Plate Rental Company

HOUSTON, TX — National Trench Safety (NTS) and Trench Plate Rental Company (TPRC), two pure-play providers of trench safety solutions in the U.S., announce that they 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 President and Chief Executive Officer Ronald Chilton, who has led the business since 2003. NTS provides mission-critical safety solutions to over 4,000 customers, who look to NTS to provide trench shoring products and solutions for complex, highly engineered projects.

Founded in 1979, TPRC is led by Phil Mason, President and Chief Executive Officer. TPRC provides a 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 as President and CEO. The business will offer a full suite of trench safety solutions, with 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,” Mason said. “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.”

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“Over the last 18 years, Ron Chilton has built a nationally-renowned trench safety solutions platform with a stellar reputation," said Bruce Dressel, TPRC Chairman and Tailwind Operating Executive. "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.”

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