Oil and gas companies are far too lax in the safety-critical field of non-destructive testing (NDT), says Desert NDT LLC CEO Larry Ames. Indeed, the memory of BP plc's disasterous oil spill from 2010, or coal extractor Massey Energy Co.'s numerous fatal accidents over the years, is still fresh in people's minds. Thus, the demand for companies like Desert NDT is high - inspection services that evaluate oil and gas pipeline systems and provide the necessary modifications or repairs to ensure safety.

Two days after announcing Ames as the new CEO, replacing former CEO Doug Frey, Desert NDT purchased Williston, N.D.-based T&K Inspection Inc. for an undisclosed price - the company's second deal since it was first acquired by Chicago private equity firm Sterling Partners last March.

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