SOURCE: West Penn Testing Group

West Penn Testing Group

March 14, 2012 09:00 ET

West Penn Testing Graduates Class of NDT Inspectors, Begins Training New Class

NEW KENSINGTON, PA--(Marketwire - Mar 14, 2012) - West Penn Testing Group (, a provider of non-destructive testing and material testing services, has certified the latest class of inspectors to graduate from its in-house training program. James C. DeChellis, West Penn's President/COO, said: "We have been aggressively staffing up our roster of trained NDT personnel to support our resource business plan and in conjunction with end-user demand."

Commenting on the trend among material suppliers and metalworking OEM to outsource more material testing to independent labs, DeChellis said, "Many customers recognize the scope of the commitment needed to stay abreast of changing inspection requirements and technologies. The expenditures in time, effort and capital can be daunting. Fortunately, West Penn has spent years preparing to meet projected demand. As a result, we now have the required capabilities in place and ready to go. For this reason, a growing number of customers are leaving it to us to keep pace with escalating requirements. We have insured that capacity in equipment and personnel are in place for timely responses to work increases."

DeChellis added that based on growing and projected demand, West Penn will be increasing the number of inspectors by 50% in 2012, compared to last year.

"Customers were behind our decision years ago to plan and invest for long-term growth," said DeChellis. "A number of our customers, some of whom are leading indicators of economic trends, shared with us the anticipated capacity requirements of their biggest customers. Recognizing that it takes months and years to ramp up highly complex capabilities, WPT planned the necessary actions to support end-customer-projected demand. We are now positioned with available capacity, cost-effective methods and reliable turnaround times versus leaving everything to chance."

About West Penn Testing Group

Founded in 1952, West Penn Testing Group (WPT) offers an extensive array of independent nondestructive testing, chemical testing and material testing services. WPT serves customers in the metals, aerospace, nuclear, commercial manufacturing, military, medical and automotive sectors. The company is headquartered in New Kensington, Penn., with operations in Pennsylvania and South Carolina. WPT is ISO-9001 and AS-9100 Registered. It is also A2LA ISO-17025 Accredited, Nadcap Accredited for ultrasonic, liquid-penetrant and magnetic-particle inspection, and is an FAA Repair Station for ultrasonic, eddy-current, liquid-penetrant and magnetic-particle inspections.

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