When Terry Tomann, of Ultra Machining Company (UMC) started the company in his Minnesota garage in 1968, he had two goals in mind: providing customers with premier manufactured products in multiple industries and employees with the best working conditions possible. He even chose the company name to reflect those aspirations. The word, “Ultra,” meaning to “go beyond others,” caught all the ideas Tomann had about the future of his manufacturing business and he set about making it happen.
Tomann quickly developed a reputation for treating his people well, from providing employees with both small but often overlooked amenities, to large items that made a difference in their daily lives. Whether he had 3 or 30 employees, Tomann made it a point to personally thank his employees for a job well done.
Terry’s dedication led to results. His business began to bloom, even amongst the tumultuous times of the Oil Crisis’ and the Vietnam War, and proceeded to grow in the 80’s, 90’s and into the new millennium. But as technology grew more complex and business ever more competitive, UMC, and its new CEO, Terry’s son, Don Tomann, realized it would have to adapt to thrive.