Announcing New Kiefner Executive Management

Trae Miller – Kiefner President


Applus+ is pleased to introduce Trae Miller, III, Kiefner President. Miller last served as Vice President, Midstream – Energy, Chemicals & Infrastructure at CDI Corporation and brings over 20 years of leadership experience to the company. Miller, a U.S. Navy veteran, is a licensed Professional Engineer (LA, TX, and KY) and is a licensed attorney (LA and TX). Miller also supports Applus+’ strong safety culture and is a Certified Safety Professional (CSP) and holds credentials as a Program and Project Management Professional (PgMP and PMP).

Miller joined the Kiefner team in late October of this year. “It’s been my privilege to be asked to lead this iconic company,” Miller said. “Kiefner remains a fundamentally strong company with a great solid clientele. Our talented team is on the cutting edge of material analysis and research for many industries. Kiefner is known as the ‘go-to’ company by regulatory agencies and by onshore pipeline operators alike. We provide complex risk based integrity management analysis and interpretations as part of our clients’ integrity management plans and risk tolerance. Kiefner’s diverse service offerings serve almost every market where in-service degradation mechanisms or external interactions can unintendedly affect our clients’ safe and reliable operations – whether those operations reside above grade, underground, on the right-of-way, offshore, or within a facility. Kiefner also has a professional materials and welding testing lab and we have significant storage space when litigation or future testing may be required.”

Kiefner’s mission is to preempt crisis situations by leading and delivering technical assurance through specialized consulting and laboratory services. Kiefner serves the capital-intense, high-risk energy, utility and infrastructure industries and prides itself on delivering the highest quality service. Integrity is vital to the future of the industry’s assets and Kiefner’s objective is to ensure that they are safe at all levels of operation by delivering the highest level of technical assurance at any stage.

“I am humbled and honored to be a part of the Kiefner organization and to lead this company,” Miller said. “We will remain committed to delivering superior consulting services and I look forward to expanding our service offerings and capabilities to best serve you, our clients. Welcome to Kiefner!”

About Kiefner
Kiefner and Associates, Inc. is an Applus+ Company founded in Columbus, Ohio, USA in 1990. Kiefner has over 25 years of experience providing engineering and consulting services to the energy and industrial sectors. Kiefner maintains Ohio state engineering firm licensure and API credentials.
Applus+ is one of the world’s leading and most innovative companies in the testing, inspection and certification sector. It provides solutions for customers in all types of industries to ensure that their assets and products meet health and safety, quality and environmental standards and regulations.

Applus+ operates in more than 70 countries and employs 20,700 people. Applus+ operates through four global divisions, all of which provide services under the Applus+ brand. In 2017, Applus+ recorded a total revenue of €1,583 million and an adjusted operating profit of €143 million.


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Applus+ is a specialist service provider of non-destructive examination and inspection services which are critical to ensuring the safety and integrity of the energy and industrial sector. Accordingly, please be informed that Applus+ and its affiliate companies, including but not limited to Applus RTD USA, Inc., Applus Velosi America, LLC, Applus K2 America, LLC, and Kiefner and Associates, Inc. are open for business.

Applus+ is deemed as an Essential and Critical Infrastructure service provider. The services provided by Applus+ ensure our client’s continuous safe operations, delivery of essential services to our end clients in these times of need, and supports compliance with local, state, and federal regulations—include our united mandate to continue providing Essential and Critical Infrastructure services.

Operating for over 85 years, Applus+ has responded to emergency situations in high consequence areas and at times when other suppliers have been unable to perform. We believe that we have not only demonstrated value but sincere commitment to quality and service. Applus+ will continue to show its unwavering support at the request of our clients to assist in maintaining operational continuity.

We would like to let you know what measures Applus+ is taking to ensure the health and safety of our employees, clients and suppliers.  We have activated our Business Continuity Plan and the purpose of this Plan is to ensure uninterrupted service. As the situation develops, our management and protocols will be adjusted, as required.

Applus+ has taken the following measures:

  • Active implementation of Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) protocols.
  • Provided information to employees about the Coronavirus, its symptoms, and how to minimize its spread. Employees have been advised to avoid crowded areas and to limit social interaction, and have been trained on the correct hygiene, health and safety procedures.
  • Internal protocols have been implemented to follow all CDC guidelines for all who:
    • Have travelled internationally within the last 14 days
    • Have been in close contact with someone who has been confirmed infected with or is being tested for COVID-19
    • Have been in close contact with someone who is under self-quarantine.
    • Have any symptoms such as fever, coughing, and shortness of breath.
  • Effective 03/17/2020 short-term remote work guidelines for employees have been implemented.
  • Applus+ has increased the frequency of cleaning services in our facilities to ensure a clean and safe working environment.
  • Travel has been limited to essential client-required travel only, with severe restrictions in the case of high-risk destinations.

We will continue to monitor the situation in order to adapt in a timely and effective manner as the situation evolves. Our goal is to ensure that we fulfil our commitment to our clients and deliver the highest standards of service excellence, while at the same time keeping our workforce safe and healthy.

As always, you should feel free to contact us with any questions. Please email the team at for further assistance regarding the COVID-19 matter. To schedule services, continue to communicate with your Applus+ representative.

Thank you for your support and partnership,

Applus+ Management Team