Vicki Van Zalen
Although some may think of MTC as a “West Michigan” company, we always remind our clients that we service projects anywhere in the State.
As some of you may remember, over the course of our 45 years in operation, MTC has had branch offices in various geographic locations throughout Michigan. One by one, those locations were scaled back and eventually closed due to economic reasons.
Three years ago, MTC recognized our need to once again expand operations to maintain growth in a volatile economic market and we confidently opened another branch location – this time in southeastern Michigan. When the decision was made to open a location in Ann Arbor, we realized, as a company, that we were really getting back to our roots. Ann Arbor is where our current president Steve Elliott, PE was born and my father and our founder, Raymond Elliott, PE, attended the University of Michigan and received his civil engineering degree.
Like Grand Rapids, Ann Arbor is a thriving diverse community with dedicated leaders, philanthropists and entrepreneurs who have made contributions to the success of their City. MTC understood the challenges we faced developing inroads into a consulting engineering market where we were met with long-established competition. In 2010, we were ready to take on those challenges to continue MTC’s growth.
We currently have a staff of four individuals dedicated to our Ann Arbor branch location and we anticipate continued staff growth.
Over the past year, we successfully completed a variety of geotechnical and construction materials testing projects. We maintained our relationship with the City of Ann Arbor on the Dexter Avenue and Packard Road reconstructions. New sewer lines, watermains and various utilities were replaced as well as the addition of sidewalks and curb & gutter. We assisted the City on permeable pavement projects at Willard Street and Burns Park.
During the 2012 construction season, we also established our relationship with the Washtenaw County Road Commission as we provided construction materials testing on various pavement preservation projects including Platt Road, Huron River Drive, Dexter- Pinckney Road, and Clark Road. We worked with the Ann Arbor Transportation Authority providing construction materials testing for the new Bus Garage addition and are just getting started with the Blake Transit Center project.
Along with working for several of the area’s governmental agencies, MTC has gained the trust of many local contractors as we continue to help them on private commercial projects providing our expertise in geotechnical and construction materials testing services.
MTC continues to pursue new relationships and opportunities In building our reputation in southeastern Michigan. Our current clients recognize that we adhere to our core values of Trust, Ethics, Service and Technical Leadership and understand that the quality services MTC provides contribute to a successful project that is BUILT TO LAST.