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KTA-Tator Celebrates 70 Years

Tuesday, May 7, 2019

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Coating consulting, inspection and services company KTA-Tator Inc. (Pittsburgh) has announced the celebration of its 70th anniversary.

The employee-owned company serves to assist clients in selecting ideal coating systems for protecting various plant infrastructure and equipment, and obliges full-service consulting, inspections and testing in addition to aids in increasing life expectancies of existing coatings and reducing life-cycle costs.

About the Company

Founded in 1949 as a sole proprietorship, KTA has developed new concepts within the corrosion and coatings industry, while also expanding its niche in third-party independent inspection services in coating applications, and steel and concrete fabrications.

“My father started the company to help his clients, primarily chemical facilities, fight corrosion through the proper selection and installation of protective coatings," Ken Tator, Chairman of the Board, told PaintSquare Daily News. "I started with the company full-time in October 1968 with plans to assume leadership of the company in [five]-or-more years upon my father’s retirement.

"But the planned transition never occurred. My father had a fatal heart attack on January 11, 1969, and before I was prepared, I owned a company. We survived because of the support of the existing and subsequent employees, and my father’s friends and ultimately my friends in the industry, who were quick to offer sage advice and a helping hand, for which I’m eternally grateful.”

The company’s external mission, “To provide customer-driven innovation, cutting-edge technology and world-class delivery for the protection of our customers’ assets and the world’s infrastructure,” is accomplished through its various services, including:

  • Coatings specification development and failure analysis services;
  • Environmental health and safety consultation and compliance programs;
  • Coating condition assessments and painting cost estimates (KTA CAPP System);
  • Support services for contractors pursing or maintaining their SSPC certification under the SSPC Painting Contractor Certification Program; and
  • Disaster recovery inspection services, and commercial building envelope assessments and inspections.

KTA currently employs over 300 full-time employees, which includes over 130 NACE-certified coatings inspectors and more than 70 certified welding inspectors.

KTA also recently acquired Elzly Technology Company (an independent subsidiary) in March of this year, adding the latter company’s coatings, corrosion engineering and cathodic protection services to KTA’s lineup of asset protection offerings.

What’s Happening Now

During the year of its 70th anniversary, the company plans to break ground on a new 48,000-square-foot corporate headquarters building and laboratory in Pittsburgh. The new development will be located at RIDC Park West and is slated to be move-in ready November 2020.

A book recounting on the first 70 years of KTA is also slated to be published by Technology Publishing Company, and is expected to be released by the second quarter of 2019.


Tagged categories: Asia Pacific; Business management; Business matters; Business operations; Coating Business; Coating inspection; Consultants; Consultants; Corrosion; EMEA (Europe, Middle East and Africa); Good Technical Practice; Inspection; KTA-Tator; Latin America; North America; PaintSquare App - Commercial; Testing + Evaluation; Z-Continents

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