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ATIS Acquires 5th Elevator Inspection Business in 12 Months

ST. LOUIS, April 27, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — ATIS Elevator Inspections, a subsidiary of American Testing & Inspection Services (ATIS), is pleased to announce it has acquired Midwest Certified Elevator Inspections, Inc. d/b/a Midwest Elevator Inspection Services (MEIS).

Chip Smith, Kirk Pohl and J.A. Marchack (PRNewsFoto/American Testing & Inspection...)

Chip Smith, Kirk Pohl and J.A. Marchack (PRNewsFoto/American Testing & Inspection…)

MEIS was established in 1999 and provides test witnessing, inspection and certification services for elevators, escalators, moving walks, lifts and other mechanized conveyances. The company has been led by Kirk Pohl since 2006 and is one of the largest elevator inspection companies in the Midwest.

ATIS is headquartered in St. Louis, Missouri and is the second largest conveyance inspection company in the United States. The company currently provides safety inspection and test witnessing services on conveyances and plans to expand into new service verticals in the future. In an effort to significantly expand its footprint, ATIS is hiring qualified elevator inspectors and making select acquisitions throughout the country.

“This is a significant acquisition for ATIS and cements our position as the market leader here in the Midwest,” said J.A. Marchack, President of ATIS Elevator. “Kirk assembled a great team, and we are excited to have them join ATIS as we expand our delivery of the nation’s best multi-jurisdictional inspection program.”

“ATIS has accumulated some of the most experienced and knowledgeable inspectors in the business, and I’ve known many of them for years,” said Kirk Pohl, President of MEIS. “ATIS has clearly made a significant commitment to their employees and customers, and we are pleased to be able to offer our combined resources and expertise to a growing number of clients.”

“We’ve been courting Kirk for over two years and are extremely pleased to have closed this acquisition,” said Chip Smith, Chairman of ATIS. “MEIS was ATIS’s most formidable competitor in the Midwest, and we are excited about the opportunities that exist by combining forces. This is great news for our employees, customers and the riding public.”

About ATIS:

ATIS is a national testing, inspection and certification firm that currently provides safety inspection and test witnessing services for elevators, escalators, moving walks and other conveyances.

Contact information:

Chip Smith
American Testing & Inspection Services
314.441.3980
Toll Free: 855.755.ATIS

ATIS Acquires Inspection Business from Vertical Assessment Associates

The acquisition of VAA’s inspection business marks ATIS’s fourth merger or acquisition in nine months.

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ATIS Elevator Inspections, a subsidiary of American Testing & Inspection Services, is pleased to announce it has acquired the conveyance inspection business of Vertical Assessment Associates, LLC (“VAA”).

Founded in 2000 and headquartered in Tallahassee, Florida, VAA has over twenty employees and has provided inspection services throughout the US, including: Florida, Alabama, Mississippi, South Carolina, Wisconsin, Nevada, Virginia, West Virginia and Texas. Both Lee Rigby and Bill Strawn, owners of VAA, have joined ATIS and will share responsibility for the Company’s growth and its safety, quality control, and continuing education programs. In addition, Strawn and Rigby will continue to provide elevator consulting services through VAA.

“In the two years since its launch, ATIS has assembled one of the most experienced teams in the business, and it is clear they share our commitment to safety, quality, and customer service,” said Lee Rigby, President of VAA. “Combining our inspection business with ATIS significantly expands the resources available to our inspectors and customers, and we look forward to leveraging this combination to deliver the most comprehensive conveyance inspection program in the industry.”

Founded in 2013, ATIS now has over seventy-five employees and is performing inspection services throughout the United States. With plans to significantly expand its geographic footprint, ATIS is seeking to hire qualified candidates and make select acquisitions throughout the country. The acquisition of VAA’s inspection business marks ATIS’s fourth merger or acquisition in nine months.

“Acquiring VAA’s inspection business adds significant talent to our existing team and further establishes ATIS as the country’s premier provider of inspection services,” said JA Marchack, President of ATIS Elevator Inspections. “We are pleased with ATIS’s rapid growth, and we look forward to adding additional expertise and expanding into additional markets.”

“The acquisition of VAA’s inspection business results in an iconic combination of talent,” said Chip Smith, Chairman of ATIS. “ATIS and VAA have some of the most successful and recognized experts in the elevator industry, and we are excited about the opportunities that exist by combining their talents and expertise. ATIS operates in one of the most fragmented industries we’ve seen, and we hope to continue capitalizing on great acquisition opportunities.”

About ATIS:
ATIS is a national firm that currently provides safety inspection and test witnessing services for elevators, escalators, moving walks and other conveyances.

ATIS Expands into Florida with acquisition of A-1 Elevator Inspection

St. Louis, Missouri (May 2014) – ATIS Elevator Inspections, a subsidiary of American Testing & Inspection Services, is pleased to announce it has acquired A-1 Elevator Inspection, Inc., which is based in the Tampa, Florida area.

With 7 Qualified Elevator Inspectors, A-1 has provided consulting, test witnessing, inspection and certification services for elevators, escalators, moving walks, lifts and other mechanized conveyances throughout Florida since 2000.  Charlie Slater, President of A-1, has joined ATIS as a Vice President with initial responsibility for the company’s Florida operations.

“ATIS made a significant foray into the national inspection market last year and it quickly became evident they shared A-1’s uncompromising commitment to employees, customers and the general public,” said Slater.  “Partnering with ATIS significantly increases the resources available to our employees and customers, and I look forward to enhancing our team’s services and continuing ATIS’s growth through the effective allocation and deployment of these additional resources.”

ATIS launched operations in January 2013 and has grown to over forty-five employees.  Headquartered in St. Louis, Missouri, the company is currently providing safety inspection and test witnessing services in more than eighteen states.  With plans to significantly expand its geographic footprint, ATIS is seeking to hire qualified candidates and make select acquisitions throughout the country.

“This is a pivotal acquisition for ATIS and firmly establishes our presence in a robust and growing third-party inspection market,” said J.A. Marchack, who joined ATIS Elevator as President in February of this year.  “Acquiring A-1 further enhances ATIS’s ability to offer a superior multi-jurisdictional inspection program to an underserved market, and we are very excited about this acquisition.”

“Under Charlie’s leadership, A-1 experienced double-digit revenue growth in each of the past 3 years,” said Chip Smith, Chairman of ATIS.  “In addition to having a successful track record managing A-1, Charlie has been deeply involved in elevator safety organizations, and he developed significant expertise on national safety code and third-party issues.  His experience and reputation will be instrumental in ATIS’s future growth plans, and we look forward to a long and rewarding partnership with Charlie and his team.”

ATIS Makes First Acquisition

acquisitionATIS Elevator Inspections, a subsidiary of American Testing & Inspection Services, is pleased to announce it has acquired Palmetto Safety Inspections, LLC.

Founded in 2011 by Jerry Butler, former Chief Elevator Inspector for South Carolina, Palmetto Safety Inspections provides inspection services for elevators, escalators, moving walks, lifts and other means of mechanized conveyances throughout the southeast. Butler, who has joined ATIS Elevator Inspections as Vice President, started his elevator career in 1976 and became a certified elevator inspector with NAESA in 1984.

“This is ATIS’s first acquisition and it marks a significant milestone in our growth strategy,” said J.A. Marchack, President of ATIS Elevator Inspections. “In addition to expanding our geographic footprint, this transaction adds significant expertise to our team and allows us to continue improving upon our best-in-class services.”

ATIS was founded in late 2012 and has grown to over thirty-five employees. Headquartered in St. Louis, Missouri, the company is currently performing safety inspection and test witnessing services in more than fifteen states. With plans to significantly expand its geographic footprint, ATIS is seeking to hire qualified candidates and make select acquisitions throughout the country.

“ATIS has assembled a very experienced and knowledgeable workforce, and they share my same commitment to customers and public safety,” said Butler. “ATIS’s rapid growth is a testament to this dedication, and I am excited about what this partnership means for my clients.”

ATIS Adds J.A. Marchack as President & CEO

ATIS Elevator Inspections (“ATIS Elevator”), a wholly-owned subsidiary of American Testing & Inspection Services (“ATIS”), is pleased to announce J.A. Marchack has joined the firm as President and CEO.

ATIS currently performs safety inspections and test witnessing for elevators, escalators, and other conveyances as required by Authority Having Jurisdictions. Since its launch in January 2013, ATIS has grown to over thirty employees and is performing inspections in over sixteen states. With plans to more than triple in size within two years, the company is looking to hire Qualified Elevator Inspectors and is pursuing several acquisitions to expand its geographic footprint.

“J.A.’s reputation in the elevator inspection industry has grown to iconic proportions over a forty-year career, and we could not be more pleased that he has decided to take the helm at ATIS Elevator,” said Chip Smith, Chairman and CEO of ATIS, the parent company of ATIS Elevator. “We have been successful in quickly building a national footprint, and J.A.’s leadership will be invaluable as we continue this growth and establish ATIS as the premier inspection agency.”

J.A. started his career with Chenoweth-Kern Elevator Service in 1971, which was acquired by Montgomery Elevator in 1981. In 1983, he joined National Elevator Inspection Services, where he served as President from 1989 to 2012. During his career, J.A. built the largest elevator inspection business and played an instrumental role in developing many of the country’s third-party inspection systems. J.A. has served on several elevator safety boards, and he currently sits on the Missouri and Georgia advisory boards.

“ATIS Elevator has quickly established a reputation for providing exceptional service and an unparalleled working environment,” said Marchack. “I am excited to help develop and execute the company’s strategy to grow its elevator inspection business and help expand the third-party inspection market.”

“Attracting someone like J.A. to our organization speaks volumes about the quality of our team and the merit of our strategy,” said Colin Smith, President and COO of ATIS Elevator’s parent company. “In addition to accelerating growth at ATIS Elevator, having J.A. on board will enable us to get more aggressive with ATIS’s strategy to expand into new service verticals within the broader testing, inspection and certification industry.”

ATIS Performs First Third-Party Inspection In Mississippi

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St. Louis, Missouri (November 2013) – ATIS Elevator Inspections, a division of American Testing & Inspection Services, is pleased to announce one of its Qualified Elevator Inspectors performed the first licensed elevator inspection under the new Mississippi Conveyance Safety Act. Gary Brewer, District Manager for ATIS, received Mississippi’s first elevator inspector license and inspected one elevator and a dumbwaiter in the Governor’s Mansion on November 5, 2013. Pictured above, Mr. Brewer is receiving Mississippi’s first elevator inspector license from Joseph Ammerman, Chief of Staff and Special Assistant to the Insurance Commissioner.

ATIS is headquartered in St. Louis, Missouri and is one of the largest providers of periodic safety inspection and test witnessing services for conveyances, including elevators, escalators, moving walks, lifts and dumbwaiters. “ATIS continues to make significant strides towards becoming America’s premier inspection company,” said Chip Smith, Chairman and CEO. “Our strategy is founded upon hiring the best people in the industry and treating them, our customers, and the general public with the utmost integrity, respect, and professionalism. Being the first mover in a new market like Mississippi and participating in this historic event help affirm that this simple strategy can work.”

First Annual Meeting and Picnic

ATIS hosted its first Annual Meeting and Picnic over the weekend of September 20-22. Many of ATIS’s thirty-two employees and their families were able to attend – some of the employees in attendance are pictured here. The weather turned out to be perfect, and ATIS looks forward to hosting more than sixty employees and their families in the fall of 2014.

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