The Indiana-based building testing, inspection and certification company NTA, Inc. has begun construction on its forthcoming Bryan campus. The facility on Mumford Road will serve as a fire testing and product management site for the company, which strives, its leaders say, to ensure quality and safety in the construction industry.

About 30 people attended Tuesday morning’s ceremonial groundbreaking, which included remarks from local leaders and company executives.

NTA officials estimated the facility will bring between 50 and 60 jobs to the area over the next five years. David A. Tompos, NTA’s president and CEO, said that the Bryan facility — the first phase of which is expected to be completed as soon as October — will allow the company to expand its offerings.

“We’ve been regulators,” Tompos said of NTA’s work. “We’ve been a company that goes out and monitors construction, we evaluate building products, and our goal is to produce safe, conforming homes and buildings.”

“We’re doing safety testing, and what we do after that is ensure that, at the manufacturing facilities, those products are made consistently,” added Mike Luna, senior director for NTA’s building products division, of the work NTA does.

NTA’s main testing laboratory and corporate offices are in Nappanee, Indiana, about 30 miles southeast of South Bend. Tompos’ father, David R. Tompos, co-founded NTA, Inc. with Dennis Norkus in 1976.

Tompos and Luna praised the Brazos Valley Economic Development Corporation (BVEDC), the City of Bryan and the Bryan-College Station Chamber of Commerce for what the two men described as “the community and hospitality” shown toward NTA by local leaders. 

“The [BVEDC] did a great job of courting us,” Luna said after the ceremonial dirt turning. “We were looking at Dallas-Fort Worth and different areas in Texas, and here, it really felt like we were connected with the community — and with the university close by, there are resources and the talent pool to work with.”

Luna, who is from the San Antonio area and will be one of the NTA leaders based in Bryan, said that the company looked to expand to Texas due to relatively low taxes, economic vitality and its geographic centrality.

Brazos Valley-based speakers praised the company’s decision to expand to Bryan. Bryan Single Member District 2 Councilman Prentiss Madison briefly addressed attendees and praised the economic benefits of NTA’s choice to add a facility in the city.

“Right now, Bryan is thriving,” Madison said during the ceremony. “We really appreciate this, and to see things going on in [Single Member District 2], I’m ecstatic about it. 

“I want to welcome you, thank you for coming, and thank you for choosing Bryan.”

In addition to Madison, two College Station elected officials — Mayor Karl Mooney and Place 2 Councilperson Jerome Rektorik — attended the groundbreaking ceremony.

According to company officials, NTA was recently acquired by the International Code Council (ICC). According to a release, the ICC is a nonprofit that provides a range of building safety solutions, including product evaluation, accreditation, certification, codification and training.

Matt Prochaska, the president and CEO of the BVEDC, said NTA’s presence in the Brazos Valley would help the community and is an illustration of effective collaboration between public and private entities.

“This is a perfect example of the community and industry coming together to create jobs for the community and welcome another industry partner into the Brazos Valley,” Prochaska said after the event. “This type of economic development and job creation is our future growth. It creates jobs, it creates economic opportunity, and in this case, they’re in the housing industry. It’s a perfect example of public and private partnerships.”

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