National Trench Safety, a national specialist in the rental and sales of trench and traffic safety equipment and OSHA-compliant training classes, has opened a new branch in Manassas, Va., just outside of Washington, D.C.

“Our new Washington D.C. area branch is a significant move for NTS, which will allow us to continue to strengthen our coverage and service footprint along the East Coast,” said Ron Chilton, president of NTS. “The Washington D.C. metropolitan area is one of the largest in the nation and is home to one of the most robust construction markets in the United States. The area has an extensive amount of capital improvement projects planned over the next few years, which represent significant opportunities for NTS.”

The Washington D.C. operation, which will be located in Northern Virginia, will be a full-service trench and traffic safety location. Pat Hewitt, a veteran construction equipment rental and trench safety specialist will spearhead the sales growth for the location. “We’re very fortunate to have someone of Pat’s caliber and experience to establish NTS’ presence in this market,” said Chilton. “Pat has a very strong business relationship with many of the key contractors in the market, which will be a big plus for the new branch.”

Connie Hewitt has also joined the company as branch manager. “Connie has a strong operational background that will be important as she begins to not only establish the branch in the market, but develop her team,” added Chilton. “She also understands the market along with the demands of the position and she is focused on the operational challenges to ensure our customers get the equipment they need, when they need it, on time, every time.”

The Washington D.C. branch is the 25th branch location for National Trench Safety in the United States. NTS now has operations in Alabama, Arizona, California, Florida, Illinois, Louisiana, Nevada, North Carolina, South Carolina, Texas, Virginia and Utah. The company plans to open at least one more branch in 2015.

National Trench Safety is based in Houston.