MTI Baths Russell Adams and Kathy Adams receiving a plaque from Sugar Hill, Ga., Mayor Gary Pirkle (center). All photos credited to Sara Speert Photography.
MTI Baths turns 25 this year, and as part of its anniversary celebration, several guests were recently invited to tour the Sugar Hill, Ga., showroom, manufacturing plant and Woodword Mill House, the company’s guest space that features its products in seven bathrooms.
Gary Pirkle, mayor of Sugar Hill – ranked the third best place to raise a family in Georgia – opened up the day’s festivities by bestowing a plaque of appreciation to MTI, now a $20-million-plus company. As part of its week-long silver anniversary celebration, MTI is auctioning its Intarcia soaking tub on eBay and donating the proceeds to the Chattahoochee Riverkeeper, an environmental nonprofit dedicated to protecting and preserving the Chattahoochee River.
“We are standing less than five miles from the river, and we are among the four million people who depend on the river for water supply,” said Russell Adams, president of MTI Baths. “Given that water is so vital to our company, we felt this was a fitting partnership.”
The Intarcia tub with designer Matthew Quinn
The Intarcia soaking tub, designed by Matthew Quinn of Design Galleria Kitchen & Bath Studio in Atlanta, is placed on an inverted pedestal and features a classic, elegant design. The freestanding tub is crafted from MTI’s Engineered Solid Stone, a poured mixture of organic materials and binding agents that look and feel like natural stone.
An MTI Baths employee talking about the company's hand-made products
MTI is proud to be an employee-owned company, and most of its 144 employees have been there for more than 10 years. Its bath products are handmade, and we had the chance to watch two acrylic tubs being formed while on the plant tour. More than 40 percent of the materials used in manufacturing the acrylic tubs and shower bases are post-industrial-recycled material. In lieu of spot testing, MTI tests all its products before putting them on the market or sending an order.
At the end of the tour, visitors were encouraged to have lunch and tour the company’s Woodward Mill House, which was designed by Audrey Newsome. At the end of the day’s festivities, MTI’s CEO Kathy Adams shared a few words about the company’s long history and success story.
“Our corporate culture has remained consistent, and it is the one factor that has led to our success,” she said. “Our team shares our stated values and a common language, and it will carry us through as we face the next phase of our corporate life – as we become just through survival, a long-term, sustainable business.”