National Trench Safety, Houston-based specialist in rental and sales of trench and traffic safety equipment, trench and traffic safety engineering, and OSHA-compliance training classes, has opened a new branch operation in Cleveland, the company’s 29th location.

“We are very excited to be expanding our presence in the Midwest,” said Ron Chilton, president of NTS. “Cleveland is a large market with an economy that has shown signs of strengthening over the last few years. Coupled with our existing presence in Chicago, the Cleveland location will allow us to improve our response capabilities in both markets as we continue to serve our growing Midwestern customer base.”

The Cleveland branch will be managed by Dana “Buck” Buchholzer, an industry veteran and successful entrepreneur. Buchholzer operated a successful, multi-location trench safety business, Midwest Underground in the Ohio market for many years before selling his interest in the business.

“Dana is one of the most recognized trench safety figures in Ohio, and in our industry,” Chilton said. “Dana is a very creative industry veteran that knows his customers’ needs and more importantly he has the passion to be the best at whatever he does. Dana has already made significant progress introducing NTS and our comprehensive, robust product offerings, including complex site specific systems to many of the customers in the area.”

NTS plans to add more branch locations in 2017.