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MTC Transformers / Location: Wytheville, Va. / Average revenue: $20 million / Employees: 124 / Products and services: Transformer manufacture and repair / Tom Hough, president and owner: “We have the ability to go in and understand what was done 50 years ago.” Sticking to Basics mtc transformers is an expert in transformers – a technology that is more than 120 years old. by kelly mccabe mtc transformers says it focuses on providing customers with a high level of technical knowledge. Transformers may appear in modern applications – such as military and public transportation vehicles – but the technology itself has been around for more than a century. As a result, the number of companies that specialize in transformers is dwindling, which means MTC Transformers’ services are in high demand. A transformer is an electrical device with no moving parts that steps up and down voltage for transmission and utilization. “Transformers use a technology that has been around since about 1880, so it’s a very, very old technology and it hasn’t changed much,” 140 SPRING 2010 owner and President Tom Hough says. “We do all these archaic things like weld and bend metals and braise, but we’re doing it as a basis for products that are current.” Marking its 25th year in 2010, Virginia-based MTC Transformers works in a variety of sectors in addition to military and public transportation, including industrial and utility markets and for OEM customers. Hough says the company serves a number of niche markets around the world. The company not only manufactures transformers, but it repairs them – which makes up about 10 per- cent of MTC’s business. Repair often is the best option for high-rise buildings, in which the transformer is usually placed in the middle of the building – for instance, the 30th floor of a 60-floor building. “If it fails, the building owners scratch their heads and say it’s too heavy to get in and out of an elevator,” Hough explains. “Some service companies say they will drill a hole in the side of the building and helicopter up the new unit and get the old one out. That would cost somewhere around half-a-million dollars.” MTC Transformers’ method is much easier and cost effective. The

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Manufacturing Today - Spring 2010
Global Strategies
Cost Concerns
Growth Opportunities
Continuous Improvement
Business Value
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Akron Foundry Co.
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Bosal International
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Ginsey Industries Inc.
Imagineering Finishing Technologies
Imperial Woodworks Inc.
Innovative Lighting
Liburdi Dimetrics
MTC Transformers
Plastiques GPR
S.A. Robotics
Sunrise Windows
Positran Manufacturing Inc.
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Manufacturing Today - Spring 2010