Chesterfield-based ITAC has grown its engineering services to 26 states

Chesterfield-based ITAC has grown its engineering services to 26 states

Richmond Times Dispatch | JOAN TUPPONCE Special correspondent |Sep 10, 2017

The North American headquarters of the nutrition and care division of Evonik Corp. in Hopewell benefits from working with engineering-and-design-build industrial contractor ITAC.

“We do a lot of hazard assessments with the focus on increasing our process and environmental safety. ITAC has participated in these assessments and often brings to our attention items that we would have overlooked had we done them fully ourselves,” said David DelGuercio, Evonik’s senior vice president and general manager.

“They have experience in many areas that are relevant for us as well as a highly experienced staff, which we need,” DelGuercio said.

Chesterfield County-based ITAC, short for Industrial TurnAround Corp., works with industrial and manufacturing sectors providing services including engineering, procurement, contracting and construction.

“Most of our customers are industrial manufacturing plants,” ITAC President Jon Loftis said. “Those plants have to shut their operations down once or twice a year for upgrades and maintenance required on systems and equipment.”

During shutdowns, ITAC helps with engineering and pre-outage planning as well as the implementation of the work during the outage. It also does upgrades and brings the operation back online after work is completed.

Founded by CEO Sidney Harrison Jr. in 1988, ITAC started out as a firm providing turnkey projects to the local market.

“As we grew, we became more regional and expanded,” said Loftis, one of the company’s three majority owners along with Harrison and Rick Starnes, the company’s senior vice president.

ITAC is licensed in 26 states, from Texas to Maine. In addition to its Chester headquarters, it has an engineering office in Raleigh, N.C., and construction offices in Chesapeake; Lugoff, S.C.; and Aurora, N.C.

“Virginia, North Carolina and South Carolina are our main markets in the industrial and manufacturing industries,” Loftis said. “But even though they are our main markets, some of our larger projects have taken us to Illinois and Alabama.”

Tyler Charles, project manager for Carter Machinery Co. in Salem, has worked with ITAC on projects for about 10 years.

“They are always very professional, and they do quality work,” Charles said about ITAC. “They have knowledgeable employees, and they have a broad scope of experience that covers a multitude of industries.”

Insurance broker Matt Gough, a partner at Ames & Gough in McLean, described ITAC as “very professional and knowledgeable” in the industry. “They always dig in and understand exactly what they are getting into,” he said.

ITAC has seen average growth in revenue of 12 percent each year for the past 10 years.