ATS, originally named Applied Devices, Inc. was founded in 1965 by Norman L. Carroll, a manufacturing engineer of Westinghouse Atomic Fuel Division Plant located in Cheswick, PA.
Norman L. Carroll, Founder of ATS
Our History: The founder of ATS, Norman L. Carroll, is a Kansas native who spent 15 years working as a manufacturing engineer at the Westinghouse Atomic Fuel Division plant in Cheswick, Pennsylvania. This field presented a number of unique testing and quality control applications for which Norm was constantly struggling to find suitable equipment, including various ultrasonic, eddy current, radiographic, and destructive tests. When equipment could not be found, solutions often had to be developed in-house. This situation led to Norm's departure from Westinghouse in order to create his company, called Applied Devices, in 1965.
"The Barn," original ATS manufacturing facility
A handful of employees initially worked in a refurbished barn that served as the company's engineering, marketing, and manufacturing facility. In the beginning, the company's foremost customer was the Westinghouse plant where Norm had been working. His thorough knowledge of the industry's needs made Applied Devices an invaluable resource to that organization. As time went on, a standard line of products began to be developed, including universal testing machines, creep/stress rupture test frames, furnaces, and ovens, as well as an unmatched line of testing accessories. By far, however, the majority of projects continued to be unusual custom equipment which no one else would build, and the word quickly spread around the industry: This company can do almost anything.
As business continued to grow, the name of the company was changed to Applied Test Systems to more accurately describe the corporation's specialty. ATS continues to be active in numerous ASTM committees in keeping up with the ever-changing testing world.
Current ATS Corporate headquarters in Butler, Pennsylvania
It wasn't long after that when the company also began to sell outside the United States and recently has even been awarded for its excellence. Pennsylvania State Senator Jane Clare Orie wrote in a letter of recognition for the 2004 Export Excellence Award:
“[ATS] has grown and expanded to become the foremost company in the United States in the field of creep testing equipment...Firmly established as a leader in the United States, Applied Test Systems, Inc. has also become involved internationally, with new nanotechnology sales to Taiwan…”