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NTA’s Deal, Manufactured Home Industry End Around?

 

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This is a deal done in July that was sent to us as a news tip which MHProNews has intended to spotlight, but other issues have kept it on a back burner, until now.

Let’s begin with the NTA’s media release, which will be followed by a brief analysis.

 

NTA joins the International Code Council’s family of solutions

The acquisition will add laboratory and testing capabilities to the Code Council
service offerings and will foster innovation by streamlining the time-to-market for product manufacturers

 

Washington, DC, July 12, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) —

The International Code Council [ICC] announced today that it has acquired NTA, a leading provider of testing services, product certification, inspection, engineering, off-site construction plan review, and code evaluation. The Indiana-based company will significantly expand the services the Code Council provides by adding major laboratory and testing capabilities.    

NTA currently serves residential and commercial builders, code officials, manufacturers and suppliers throughout the building industry. The company has offices and a testing laboratory in Nappanee, Indiana, and will soon break ground on a new testing campus in Bryan, Texas. Additional information about the new facility will be available soon.

“NTA joining the Code Council will bring their exceptional testing capabilities to our suite of services,” said Code Council Chief Executive Officer Dominic Sims, CBO. “This acquisition helps us to better fulfill our building safety mission and serve our members and clients.”

NTA maintains one of the largest manufacturing inspection workforces in the market, and its inspection professionals currently hold hundreds of Code Council certifications. Its network of auditors enables it to provide review and inspection of in-plant quality control procedures, ensuring consistent quality of products for code compliance.

“Since its founding in 1976, NTA has stood for quality and integrity,” said David A. Tompos, President and CEO of NTA. “We are a family-owned company, and entering into this partnership makes us a member of a larger family of companies. We are proud to be a part of the Code Council and are excited about the opportunities this relationship will open up for both companies.”

“ICC Evaluation Service (ICC-ES) is thrilled about this new acquisition,” stated ICC-ES President Shahin Moinian, P.E. “We are a global leader in technical evaluations of building products, and the addition of NTA to the family of solutions will allow us to further streamline the time-to-market for product manufacturers by offering testing services in house.”

Representatives from the Code Council and NTA signed the agreement today at the University of Notre Dame in Notre Dame, Indiana.

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About the International Code Council

The International Code Council is a nonprofit association that provides a wide range of building safety solutions including product evaluation, accreditation, certification, codification and training. It develops model codes and standards used worldwide to construct safe, sustainable, affordable and resilient structures.

About NTA, Inc.

NTA provides code evaluation, product certification, inspection, engineering, off-site construction plan review, and testing services, as well as independent quality and standards compliance verification for many building products.

— End of NTA ICC release. —

 

This acquisition is noted for potential future analysis purposes. Why? 

Because HUD Code industry research of the last few years have revealed a variety of ways that manufactured housing potential has been thwarted, often via weaponized operations.  To be clear, there is no specific evidence currently that such is the case with this NTA ICC deal.

That said, this is mentioned so that manufacturers and others who are directly impacted by this should monitor the consequences of this deal, to guard against possible harm to the independents of the HUD Code manufactured housing industry. If you see something, say something.’  Provide MHProNews with news tips on this issue or any others as they make sense that do, have, or could impact manufactured homes and other types of factory-built housing.  Tips can be on or off the record. 

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