DOT Hazard Classification Services

APT is proud to announce that the United States Department of Transportation (DOT) has designated APT as an approved examining agency. This means that APT is authorized to provide Competent Authority Approval services for explosives. With this designation, APT becomes only the sixth company in the United States authorized by DOT to evaluate, examine, and test explosive substances and articles to determine their hazard classification for shipment.

As part of this approval and in accordance with the Code of Federal Regulations, six APT employees were certified by DOT as authorized expert examiners and APT was approved to perform testing at various locations throughout the country. The testing can be performed at any of APT’s partner test sites, including Redstone Test Center (RTC) in Huntsville. APT anticipates that this new approval will bring a significant amount of new work to the Huntsville area. APT’s other partner test sites are the Naval Surface Warfare Center Dahlgren Division (VA), Naval Surface Warfare Center Indian Head Division (MD), Eglin Air Force Base (FL), and National Technical Systems Camden (AR).

W. Pete Yutmeyer, APT’s Chief Operations Officer, was quoted as saying, “This is an exciting day for APT. Our personnel are among the most knowledgeable and experienced in the country in the area of explosive safety and we are eager to put our expertise to work for DOT.”

>> Click here to go to the DOT Competent Authority Approval Services home page.

APT Supports MDA’s Largest Ever Flight Test

APT is proud to have provided key planning and execution support to Flight Test Integrated (FTI)-01, MDA’s largest ever flight test. For more information about the test, click the headline link below.

A Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) interceptor is launched from Meck Island on its way to an intercept of a ballistic missile target during MDA’s historic flight test on Oct. 24, 2012 (Oct. 25 on Kwajalein).

A PATRIOT Advanced Capability 3 (PAC-3) interceptor is launched from Omelek Island during MDA’s historic integrated flight test on Oct. 24, 2012 (October 25 on Kwajalein).
Photos: Courtesy of Missile Defense Agency.

APT Employees Shave Heads in Support of a Friend & Colleague Undergoing Chemotherapy

APT really is a great place to work.  Over the past few months, our friend and colleague, Brad Monk (pictured front and center), has been undergoing chemotherapy treatments for Hodgkin’s Lymphoma.  Several of his colleagues stated that when it became time to shave his head, they would shave theirs as well.  Then they actually did!  It turns out that with the right support group, humor can be found in even the toughest of situations.

A-P-T Research, Inc. Makes the Inc. 5000 List Again

APT is proud to again announce placement on the Inc. 5000 List. The Inc. 5000 List measures revenue growth in nationally based companies, and has industry specific rankings. The 2012 Inc. 5000 List measured revenue growth from 2008 through 2011. With an overall ranking of 3,731 and a 45% growth rate, APT has been ranked as 39th amongst companies in the engineering industry.  APT has now achieved the distinction of being ranked on the Inc. 5000 List for four of the past five years.

NASA Awards Contract for Kennedy Space Center Safety and Mission Support Services to A-P-T Research, Inc.

NASA Kennedy Space Center (KSC) announced on Wednesday that APT has been awarded a $36M contract for Safety and Mission Assurance Services (S-MASS II).

The APT S-MASS II Team will provide mission assurance, engineering, and risk assessment in the disciplines of safety, reliability, and quality within KSC and all KSC sites. “APT is a company that has grown steadily throughout our 22 year history, and we are excited to be in a position to prime a contract of this size.  Safety and Mission Assurance are core disciplines of our company, and the work we will be performing for NASA is a perfect fit for KSC’s launch operations,” said Tom Pfitzer, APT Corporate President. APT will prime the contract and work with teammates ManTech International Corp., SAIC, GP Strategies Corp., Davis Strategic Innovations, Inc. (DSI), and Cummings Aerospace to deliver high quality support to NASA’s operations.  The work will support Development and Operations activities for NASA programs and projects at KSC.  The four year, $36M contract will be one of APT’s largest contracts.

“We’re thrilled; this contract will increase the growth of our company,” said Meredith Hardwick, APT’s Vice President of Contracts and Accounting.  To perform the contract work, APT is creating a new Space Coast division led by Jimmy Rudolph, Vice President, which will be based in Cocoa Beach, FL. In light of Government cutbacks and the entry of the private sector in the field of space exploration, the launch facilities at the KSC hold exceptional appeal for future space launches.  The possibilities for expansion and growth offer significant opportunities for APT to provide safety and quality for this growing customer base.

Beautification Award

APT was selected as a recipient of a City of Huntsville Beautification Award! Thanks to everyone who came out and helped with the planting project this year.  All the hard work certainly paid off.

Explosive Safety Siting Field Support Contract

APT is pleased to announce we were awarded the Explosive Safety Siting (ESS) Field Support IDIQ contract from the Naval Facilities Engineering Command in Port Hueneme, California.  With teammates ProWest & Associates and Karagozian & Case, our team is one of three winners of this contract.  This contract is intended to provide support to Army, Navy, Marine Corps, and Air Force explosives safety site planners who prepare explosives safety site plans and create Site Approval Request Packages.

APT Delivers Largest Proposal Ever

We are pleased to announce that we have completed and delivered our largest ever proposal to SMDC in competition for the TESTLA Award. APT’s Team included Hardware Developers and Test Execution Services companies who came together seeking this award. We thank all of these teammates for their support in this endeavor. Our teammates include:

Visit from Congressman Mo Brooks

APT Officers were pleased to host a visit from Congressman Mo Brooks on April 12, 2012. The meeting included a short presentation of capabilities and issues by APT President, Tom Pfitzer, and a Q&A session updating APT employees on current political and policy issues. APT appreciates the support of our Congressman!

APT Seeks TESLA Small Business Prime Role

We are pleased to announce our intent to offer a small business bid as the prime contractor for the Test Execution Services and Launch Augmentation (TESLA) contract, which includes two Full and Open, and one Small Business Reserve Award. Companies interested in joining APT’s TESLA Team should contact Mr. Shawn Boykin at or 256.327.3373.