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Sugar Hill company celebrates 25 years

Sugar Hill Mayor Gary Pirkle presents MTI President Russell Adams with a city proclamation honoring MTI Baths, covered on the back with 25 pennies -- one from each year the company has been in business. (Special Photo)

Sugar Hill Mayor Gary Pirkle presents MTI President Russell Adams with a city proclamation honoring MTI Baths, covered on the back with 25 pennies -- one from each year the company has been in business. (Special Photo)

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An MTI Baths sales associate leads a tour of the sink manufacturing facility. (Special Photo)

On Tuesday, MTI Baths in Sugar Hill celebrated its 25th anniversary with an event at its headquarters for media and dignitaries. In addition to a factory tour and an address by CEO Kathy Adams over lunch, Sugar Hill Mayor Gary Pirkle made a proclamation.

Started as a small family business in 1988, the company now has 144 employees and revenue exceeding $20 million. The employee-owned company has gained national recognition for its innovation, awardwinning designs and passion for outstanding customer care.

MTI was founded by engineer-turned-entrepreneur J.C. Henry. His goal was a simple one: to make the best whirlpool tubs on the market. He named the company “Mr. Tubs” and began buying tubs from other manufactures and plumbing them with whirlpool systems. However, he quickly grew dissatisfied with the available quality and decided to take matters into his own hands.

He bought a defunct bathtub manufacturing facility in 1990 and began producing his own tubs. Within a few short years, the company was creating a higher quality acrylic tub than the majority of the industry.

MTI Baths has built a reputation of quality custom bath products that can be made and delivered in seven days or less.

­ ­— From staff reports