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Testing Company NTS Switches HQ to Anaheim

National Technical Systems Inc., one of the nation’s largest testing companies, has relocated its headquarters from Calabasas to Anaheim.

The company, which employs 1,450, including 200 in Orange County, houses about 55 at a 12,000-square-foot office at 2125 E. Katella Ave.

“We wanted to get everybody in one building together and bring about efficiencies,” Chief Executive Rich Adams said in an interview.

It implemented an 18-month initiative to streamline operations and improve execution that included the closure of its Calabasas headquarters and an office in Brea.

“It allows us to better serve our customer base and our employees,” Adams said of the consolidation.

Annual revenue surpassed $200 million last year, placing the service provider among the 85 largest private companies in OC by revenue, according to Business Journal analysis.

Lab Work

The company has more than 4,000 customers, including big defense contractors, such as Raytheon Co. and BAE Systems PLC.

NTS, established in 1961, operates 27 testing facilities and other offices in North America, including six in California. It offers more than 70 environmental simulation and material testing categories.

For example, its Fullerton lab, one of its oldest, services segments including medical and aerospace with testing the vibration capacity of products.

Its materials lab in Anaheim tests printed circuit boards, and its Santa Clarita lab handles everything from microscopic composites to massive complex system simulations.

The company’s National Ordnance and Ballistic Test Center on a 60,000-acre site at Shumaker Naval Ammunition Depot in Arkansas is the largest of its kind in the country. It analyzes weapons systems, ordnance, rocket motors, hazardous materials and commercial products.

NTS’ advanced aerospace testing facilities have been involved in every major space project and count Boeing Co. and SpaceX as customers.

“We ensure that customers’ products operate as they’re intended to operate in the environment they operate in,” said Adams, who joined the company last year as senior vice president of testing operations in the West Region and was promoted to the top post in July.

NTS, formerly a publicly traded company, was taken private in 2013 by Los Angeles-based Aurora Capital Partners. At the time, the deal was valued at $267 million.

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