NTS Calgary Achieves Verizon ITL Program Approval for NEBS Testing

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The Verizon Independent Testing Laboratory (ITL) certification program approval allows NTS Calgary to perform NEBS testing for Verizon's telecommunications equipment vendors.

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We are very pleased with the results of the approval audit

National Technical Systems Inc. (NASDAQ: NTSC) (NTS), is pleased to announce the approval of its Calgary, Alberta, Canada laboratory as a Verizon Independent Testing Laboratory (ITL).

Telecommunications equipment suppliers to Verizon must have their products tested to ensure compliance with the NEBS (Network Equipment Building System) specifications. NEBS is the generic requirement for the spatial environmental, EMI/EMC, and product safety of telecom equipment being deployed in the central office. These requirements are mandated by Telecommunications Operating Companies, providing them confidence that all telecom equipment has a high degree of reliability and will work under extreme environments while maintaining service for their customers.

The approval of the Calgary laboratory makes NTS the largest member of the Verizon ITL program with eight approved laboratories, and the only ITL with international locations. Other NTS Verizon ITL laboratories are located in Boxborough, MA, Tinton Falls, NJ, Plano, TX, Fullerton, CA, and Munich, Germany. The Elliott Laboratories division of NTS has facilities in Sunnyvale and Fremont, CA.

"We are very pleased with the results of the approval audit," stated Dan Cannon, Corporate Director of Quality and Regulatory Affairs for NTS. "The Verizon audit team strongly complimented best practices at Calgary in numerous areas."

Daniel McGinnis, Business Development Director, noted "Canadian telecommunications equipment manufacturers will appreciate the expertise of the staff at NTS Calgary, and will appreciate even more the cost savings that they will realize in shipping and customs fees."

Those seeking more information about the Verizon ITL program and NEBS testing at NTS Calgary may contact:

Gilles Philion
National Sales Manager - NTS Canada
Cell: (613) 612-0345

About NTS
National Technical Systems, Inc. is a leading provider of engineering services to the defense, aerospace, telecommunications, automotive and high technology markets. Through a world-wide network of resources, NTS provides full product life-cycle support, offering world class design engineering, compliance, testing, certification, quality registration and program management. For additional information about NTS, visit our website at ntscorp.com or call 800-270-2516.

The statements in this press release that relate to future plans, events or performance, are forward-looking statements that involve risks and uncertainties, including risks associated with uncertainties pertaining to customer orders, demand for services and products, development of markets for the companies' services and products and other risks identified in the companies' SEC filings. Actual results, events and performance may differ materially. Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date hereof. The companies undertake no obligation to release publicly the result of any revisions to these forward-looking statements that may be made to reflect events or circumstances after the date hereof or to reflect the occurrence of unanticipated events.

"Safe Harbor" Statement under the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995: Statements in this press release regarding National Technical Systems' business which are not historical facts are "forward-looking statements" that involve risks and uncertainties. For a discussion of such risks and uncertainties, which could cause actual results to differ from those contained in the forward-looking statements, see "Risk Factors" in the Company's Annual Report or Form 10-K for the most recently ended fiscal year.


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