UMC prides itself on being a visionary in the ever-changing precision manufacturing industry to continue to meet its customers’ needs.

By Janice Hoppe-Spiers

Terry Tomann founded Ultra Machining Co. (UMC) in 1968 in his family garage with the goal of growing his business into a premier manufacturing operation. He chose the name “Ultra” because it means “going beyond others.” Coming up on its 50th anniversary next year, the company takes pride in never wavering from that philosophy.  

“My dad wanted to create something different than what he’d seen at other shops,” second-generation owner and CEO Don Tomann says. “He was a skilled machinist and a visionary with the ability to take risk. To me, his legacy is about seeing the opportunity in situations where others don’t, and manifesting t he courage and determination to keep pushing things forward.”


Kountry Wood Products combines traditional methods with state-of-the-art equipment to make high-quality cabinets.

By Jim Harris

Kountry Wood Products founder, owner and CEO Ola Yoder has seen the company grow during its 20 years of existence from operating in his barn to producing more 1.4 million kitchen cabinets a year in more than 250,000 combined square feet of factory space.

Yoder established the company in 1998 as a maker of picture and mirror frames for major retailers and cabinet doors for the RV industry. Before starting Kountry Wood, he worked for 26 years at a manufactured housing company.


Belshaw Adamatic’s new OVEN-2020 offers more features and energy efficiency.

By Alan Dorich

After nearly 100 years, some companies might be tempted to rest on their laurels, but Belshaw Adamatic Bakery Group chooses to stay fresh with new products, including its new OVEN-2020. “What we’ve done is created the most energy-efficient oven on the market,” R&D Manager Chris Brock declares.

Based in Auburn, Wash., Belshaw Adamatic manufactures donut fryers and production equipment, and custom-engineered bread and roll lines for bakeries, quick-service restaurants, supermarkets and concession operators. Founder Tom Belshaw started the company in 1923 when he saw the opportunity to make donuts using a more sanitary robotic system.


AP Exhaust Technologies has designed, manufactured and supplied high-quality exhaust and emissions products for 90 years.

By Bianca Herron

AP Emission Technologies is a leading global manufacturer of automotive, light truck, and heavy-duty exhaust and emissions products. For 90 years, the Goldsboro, N.C.-based company has continued its tradition of providing high-quality mufflers, exhaust pipes and catalytic converters to commercial customers and auto service professionals.

The company attributes its success to several acquisitions in recent years. In 2011, AP Exhaust acquired Catco and ANSA Automotive Import Exhaust, which helped to extend its product line. The company acquired a competitor, Imco Maremont, in 2013 and its 2015 acquisition of Eastern Catalytic not only helped to provide customers with more product choices for their business needs, but also created synergies in terms of design and manufacturing technologies.

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