J.C. Henry founded our company in 1988. He was a self-made man, a driven entrepreneur and resourceful in developing unique manufacturing processes still used today. Against sound advice, he started a company in the challenging financial climate of a time when the interest rate was over 20% and his own age was nearing 60. This spirit of risk-taking was inspirational and integral to MTI’s culture. He relentlessly pursued the highest quality of product as the only acceptable outcome.
His goal was a simple one: to make the best whirlpool tubs on the market. He named his 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, his company was creating a higher quality acrylic tub than the majority of the industry.
However, one element of the conventional whirlpool still dissatisfied Mr. Henry – the build-up of soap residue and deposits of varying types left behind in the whirlpool plumbing lines. Through a great deal of trial and error and by adding a few custom-made parts, Mr. Henry created the world’s first self-cleaning whirlpool. He obtained a patent for the product, and until this day the Fill-Flush® whirlpool cleaning system is still the best, most thorough and most efficient whirlpool cleaning system on the market. Under his leadership, the company grew rapidly, offering high quality and an unprecedented degree of customization for tubs.
As the years passed, the company earned a reputation for innovation and began to pursue high-end showroom sales as well as hotel projects. When Mr. Henry decided to retire in 2002, he wanted to leave the company in trusted hands that would continue his legacy of quality and service. Beyond this, he was concerned for the employees’ continued employment. So he declined several outside offers and instead sold his company to a group of 25 employees, who mortgaged all they had to raise the cash. At that time the company was renamed MTI Whirlpools and embarked on its current mission to become the best in the world.
In December 2003, MTI continued its history of innovation by becoming the first tub manufacturer to offer a Lifetime Warranty. Until this day MTI’s Lifetime Warranty on its Designer Collection tubs is still the most comprehensive in the industry. Since then, MTI has obtained multiple new patents, garnered dozens of awards for new products and design excellence and been featured countless times on popular primetime HGTV and DIY programs.
In 2011, MTI’s name was changed to MTI Baths to more clearly communicate the breadth of MTI’s product offerings. MTI products are offered through an exclusive network of kitchen, bath and plumbing showrooms throughout the country.