GP Strategies Corporation, was founded in 1959 under the name National Patent Development Corporation (NPDC) as a venture capital firm focusing on technology companies. In 1960 it went public.
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In 1986, NPDC purchased majority ownership of General Physics Corporation (“GP” or “General Physics”), which was established in 1966. Originally, GP provided technical services to the Navy Submarine Nuclear Power Program in the areas of operations, safety, and training. Throughout the 1970s and 1980s, GP expanded its service offering and industry focus through internal investment and acquisitions that expanded its reach into environmental, energy, IT, and other government markets.
In 1998, NPDC changed its name to GP Strategies Corporation. In 2003, GP Strategies decided to focus on its training, engineering, and consulting business operated by GP and embarked on a plan to spin-off certain non-core assets to stockholders. In November 2004, GP Strategies spun off its non-core assets into a separate corporation which was named National Patent Development Corporation. In September 2005, GP Strategies completed the spin-off of all of its non-core assets with the spin-off of its ownership in GSE Systems.
From 2005 to 2011, GP Strategies was a holding company, consisting solely of its wholly-owned operating subsidiary, General Physics. Effective January 1, 2012, GP Strategies merged with and into General Physics, eliminating the holding company structure. General Physics was the surviving legal corporation and was renamed GP Strategies Corporation effective with the merger. Following the merger, there were no material changes to the company’s financial position, business operations, state of incorporation, directors, executive officers, or management.
Today, GP Strategies serves a variety of industries, including aerospace, automotive, pharmaceutical, financial, healthcare, electronics, food & beverage, energy, metals, process industries, petrochemical, and telecommunications, as well as state, local, and federal governments. Its service offerings have also grown to meet the needs of its customers. GP Strategies delivers training, performance improvement services, training business process outsourcing, lean consulting and operational excellence consulting, engineering, construction management, homeland security services, and many other services that improve an organization’s operating performance and competitiveness.