With a diverse array of services, engineering firm responds to serve growth in healthcare facilities as well as other industries, including insurance.

The economic development engines in the Columbus Region are steadily chugging away, and CTL Engineering is one of the companies delivering the necessary steam to keep things moving along the rails.

The company, which provides engineering consulting, inspection, testing and analytical laboratory services, has been headquartered in Columbus for 45 years. It also has offices in India, West Virginia and Indiana.

But this region possesses many advantages that contribute to the area's success and growth, says C.K. Satyapriya, president and CEO of CTL.

"It is a broad-based economy and capital of the state with one of the largest universities and research entities that provide opportunities in both service and manufacturing," he says. "Even so, one thing about Columbus is that it is an extremely well-kept secret, but it is a great place for bringing up a family."

CTL, which employs 140 here and 300 throughout the organization, is also pretty broad based. It provides the typical service found in many engineering firms but it also offers a great deal of diversity. It delivers telecommunication and IT services, product testing, metals and soil testing, chemical analysis and, for the past 35 years, forensic sciences analysis that includes the reconstruction of vehicle accidents, among other services.

"We determine why accidents occurred and then become expert witnesses for attorneys," Satyapriya says.

CTL doesn't just figure out how accidents play out. "For insurance purposes, when people buy products we do product testing, like how candles might burn."

Another segment that strengthens the Columbus Region and with which CTL has been actively engaged is the healthcare industry. CTL has been involved in work to expand The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center and building the James Cancer Hospital, Nationwide Children's Hospital, Mount Carmel towers and the OhioHealth Dublin Methodist Hospital.

Satyapriya credits Columbus 2020 with providing much of the spark that has helped to grow the region and bring in new business.

"There are a lot more hospitals and medical-related facilities as well as the transportation market that will continue in the Columbus Region," he says. "Also, there is more construction work in the central city as opposed to the suburbs and that seems to be a trend that will continue."

CTL has been employee-owned for the past 25 years, with workers owning 79 percent of the organization. While his company's growth has been steady over the years, it has been more difficult recently to find the right people to employ, Satyapriya says.

"In terms of staffing it has been a little bit of a struggle in terms of experience and expertise," he says. "We have turned to hiring more people from the universities and then training them ourselves."

A more steadfast economy now than in the past few years has helped CTL, but because of the organization's variety of services, general economic difficulties have had less of an impact, Satyapriya says.

"We can selectively and easily change course because of our diversity," he says. "People recognize the value of hiring us more based on relationships than anything else and the diversity of the services we offer."