National Trench Safety, Houston-based trench safety rental giant, has hired Steve Brinkley as branch manager for the company’s Burlington, N.C., location. Brinkley will also oversee the Raleigh, N.C., branch for the next few months.

“Steve will have an immediate impact as we build on positive momentum in the Raleigh market and officially launch a rental operation in Burlington,” said Ron Chilton, president of NTS. “Steve has a solid background in the trench safety industry, as well as in the local North Carolina markets that will make him an immediate asset to our customer base.”

Brinkley has worked in the equipment rental industry for the past nine years, as branch manager for Coble Trench Safety and Blueline Rentals, formerly Volvo Rents in the Greensboro, N.C., market. “Steve’s addition immediately strengthens our overall branch network in the mid-Atlantic region,” Chilton added. “We have strong performance expectations for the Raleigh and Burlington locations as we continue to strengthen our presence along the East Coast.”

NTS currently has 21 branches in Arizona, California, Florida, Illinois, Louisiana, Nevada, North Carolina, South Carolina, Texas and Utah. The company plans to open more facilities in 2014.