The year was 1954: The average cost of a new car was $1,700. Gas was 22 cents a gallon and Elvis Presley had just released his first commercial record. Dwight Eisenhower was sitting in the Oval Office, and Twining, Inc. opened its Long Beach office and laboratory on Airport Way.
The years following have seen the geotechnical, construction inspection and materials testing company grow from 15 employees in a single office to more than 400 workers in a dozen locations in four states.
Today, Twining, Inc. is a California industry leader with some of the region’s most iconic structures on its list of projects, including the recently-opened Wilshire Grand Center in downtown Los Angeles, the tallest building west of the Mississippi River.
Among the company’s longest-standing clients is the Long Beach Unified School District, where Twining inspectors and engineers have certified the safety of dozens of school buildings over the last 30 years.
"We take pride in our reputation for quality, reliability and expertise," said Steve Schiffer, Twining’s vice president of Business Development. "This is especially critical when it comes to helping school districts like Long Beach meet strict regulatory and safety standards."
According to Schiffer, public school buildings have some of the most stringent requirements for seismic, fire and other safety requirements.
Companies like Twining certify that schools meet the state’s geotechnical engineering, materials testing and construction inspection requirements. Recent Twining projects in the district include auditoriums at Jordan, Polytechnic and Wilson high schools, as well various projects at Cabrillo High School and Lafayette, Burcham and Dooley elementary schools.
At its Southern California laboratory in Long Beach, Twining inspectors test a wide variety of building materials, including structural steel, masonry, concrete and fireproofing. They also evaluate soil to assist engineers in managing soil erosion and sediment control, as well as design and implement industry protocols for vibration testing, window pressure and cyclic loading.
"We are the eyes and ears of the building owners and designers to confirm that all state and federal codes are met," added Schiffer. "As members of the community, we have not only a professional but also a personal stake in public safety."
Edward M. Twining, Jr., chairman and fourth generation owner of Twining, Inc., affirms his commitment to the Long Beach community. "Our family has been a proud member of this community for more than sixty years," he said.
"We have always believed in giving back to our community through our memberships in organizations such as the Long Beach Rotary Club, Cal State Long Beach, St. Mary Medical Center, the Chamber of Commerce and Jr. Chamber of Commerce."School Bond Programs Back to This Issue Past Issues Archive Subscribe Now