TrenchSafety Has New Ownership
by David V. Dow on September 16, 2016
This is how it all began. Pictured above is the total of TrenchSafety’s initial inventory in mid-1994 — a used forklift, and used delivery truck, a couple of stone misers, and some aluminum and steel trench shields.
My wife Melissa and I launched TrenchSafety and Supply in 1994 with the vision that we wanted to build a successful business that could have a positive effect on job site safety and profitably — a place that was fun to work, but was serious about helping contractors and utilities work more efficiently . . . and safer.
After 23 years of building TrenchSafety, and opening offices in three major Mid-South markets — Memphis, Nashville, and North Little Rock — we have sold the company to Underground Safety Equipment of Scottsdale, Ariz. The purchase was finalized on Friday, Sept. 16, 2016.
Underground Safety Equipment has four offices and yards — in Denver, Salt Lake City, Kansas City, and San Antonio — in addition to its headquarters office in Scottsdale. www.UndergroundSafety.com
This is a natural, positive, and evolutionary step for TrenchSafety. We are delighted that an organization the calibre of Underground Safety sees our staff and company as important to their growth. The future is bright for TrenchSafety.
Howard Nute, President of Underground Safety Equipment, said that TrenchSafety presented them with an excellent opportunity to acquire a dynamic and profitable company, and expand their growing company into geographic areas adjacent to their current service areas. He said that TrenchSafety’s people make the company what it is today.
“You have a team that are all experts in the arena of excavation and underground safety. We’re fortunate that we can add them to Underground Safety Equipment.”
The TrenchSafety staff will remain in place, as will the company name, TrenchSafety and Supply. And they have asked me to stay around to ensure business continuity over the coming years.
As you know, TrenchSafety is all about creating solutions that help contractors and utilities work safer, more productively, and more profitably. From time to time over the years we’ve been approached by companies interested in acquiring us. The opportunity to join with Underground Safety Equipment was the right fit for the TrenchSafety team.
Melissa and I have spent most of our professional lives in the construction equipment and materials business. Melissa’s family, in fact, has been involved in the construction industry dating back to the early 1900s. In 1993, we attended a industry trade show where we had the opportunity to talk with several shoring and shielding equipment manufacturers. When we returned to Memphis, we called on contractors, utilities, OSHA people, and equipment distributors in other parts of the U.S. It didn’t take us long to see the need in the Mid-South for a distributorship that focused on underground safety and training.
In June 1994, we opened TrenchSafety and Supply, Inc., in a un-air-conditioned job trailer, with a used delivery truck and one other employee. Since then, the company has grown steadily — in its geographic service area, its product and service offerings, and its staff.