National Trench Safety, the Houston-based specialist in the rental and sales of trench and traffic safety equipment, trench and traffic safety engineering, and OSHA-compliant training classes, announced key organizational promotions and an addition to its team.

NTS promoted Wes Jones to the new position of senior vice-president of operational support. In this new role, Jones, an NTS veteran, will be overseeing many facets of the day-to-day business operations including safety training, the NTS University, and managing the large non-fleet assets for the company.

“As we’ve expanded our branch network, our organizational needs have evolved,” said Ron Chilton, NTS president. “As we looked at certain core business processes we had, we realized that our growth had created a need for increased focus on these efforts and Wes was the natural person to lead these initiatives.”

NTS also promoted David Beaver to the new position of vice president of United States operations. Beaver previously served as mid-Atlantic district manager for NTS and led the successful growth of key start-up operations within that district.

“We are very excited to be naming David to this new position,” said Chilton. “We feel that David’s background, proven track record and ability to manage a diverse geographical area will provide us the ability to manage our growth while maintaining our reputation for customer service that has defined our market presence.”

Beaver will be tasked with managing the company’s U.S.-based operations and will be working closely with Robert Stevenson, NTS’ vice president of sales and engineering.

With Beaver’s promotion, NTS has restructured its districts while promoting Dan Williamson to the new position of northeast district manager. Williamson is a well-known trench safety industry veteran who previously worked as NTS’ Chicago branch manager.

“Dan has done a tremendous job leading the growth of our Chicago operation since he joined our team,” added Chilton. “We have several newer branches in this Northeast District that we believe Dan’s strong product knowledge and sales focus will help us drive continued growth into 2018 and beyond.”

NTS also announced a new hire, Ray Bilby as national and key accounts manager. Bilby, a highly seasoned trench safety professional, will be charged with growing the company’s strategic account program.

“We are very pleased to add Ray to our management team,” said Chilton. “Our larger customers with operations in multiple states have routinely requested a stronger, more centralized account management platform and we believe Ray’s background and experience will be an asset to our customer base as we continue to broaden our national account program in the coming years.

“These are important moves for NTS, as we position the company for our next wave of growth expanding our domestic footprint as well as our international branch network in 2018. We are really fortunate as we have a strong, deep team of qualified managers. We’re very proud of the managers we’re promoting and adding, but equally impressed with the branch and district management team we have in place.”

NTS currently operates 32 branch locations in the United States and England. The large national footprint allows NTS to provide its national, regional and local marget customers an integrated, national branch network delivering unique engineered solutions, a high level of customer service and cost-effective shoring solutions. NTS intends to open several additional branch locations in 2018.