If you haven’t already heard, 2015 marks MTI’s 25th Anniversary of business. 25 memorable years of ventless innovation and implementation of creative solutions. Our goal has been and will continue to be striving for excellence in both quality and service, which is why we’ve made so many changes in our 25 years in business. Changes to our machines, changes to our offices, changes within the food equipment and ventless industries… it’s all seemed to happen so fast and yet nothing happened over night. So today we take a look back at what 25 years has meant not only for our company, but also for the industry as a whole.
Let’s start at the very beginning, its 1990 and the first ever AutoFry FFG-10 is developed and sold. The FFG-10 was the result of a common restaurant complaint: I want to fry food, but I can’t afford a full hood or vent system. MTI took the problem of pricy venting and came up with a solution that not only benefitted those who could not afford venting, but also those whose locations physically could not include vents. Places like mall kiosks, c-stores, and mom and pop corner stores took notice and soon the FFG-10 was in commercial kitchens across the country.
By 1995 the FFG-10 had made waves within the food service industry. People were beginning to recognize the benefits of ventless and the quality put into every MTI machine. Just one year later the MTI-10 was introduced as an upgraded version of the FFG-10, with easier controls, updated design and additional fry basket capacity. This new machine became the basis for every AutoFry since.
Fast forward to 1997, and MTI notices growing desire for larger frying units. The MTI-10 was an excellent starter unit, but what about places of high volume? Clearly, one size would not fit all and so in 1998 MTI introduced both the MTI-5 and MTI-40E. The MTI-5 being a smaller basket unit and the MTI-40E being the larger floor model unit with double baskets and independent functions. At the same time, we had become increasingly aware of a need for another ventless cooking unit. Something for those who didn’t wish to fry food, and thus the AirMaster oven was born.
Fast forward again, the Y2K scare came and went, Harry Potter becomes a household name, and internally, we realize our AutoFry machines need to be available for both right and left side dump preferences. By 2003 MTI-10 is released with both a right and left dump option, and kitchen designing becomes that much easier. Just two years later, after countless requests for a double sided countertop machine, the MTI-40C is introduced. The 40C was and still is the only countertop ventless frying unit that has two frying baskets that can work together or independently depending on the store volume.
Come 2007, our current marketing manager is just graduating from high school. Meanwhile MTI-10 gets the boot, replaced by the slightly larger and easier to use and program, MTI-10X. 2007 also marks the year SimpliFry technology is added to all machines. SimpliFry, a heat/time compensation technology, allows users to achieve the same level of fried perfection no matter what the size of the batch is.
In 2012, the AirMaster becomes the MultiChef 5500 and gets some upgraded keypad functions along with added cooking space. Just two years later the MultiChef 6500 is released after customer requests for a larger oven and the two units become our standard oven line.
One last press on the fast forward button and we end up at today. We’ve gone from a single machine manufacturer to producing an entire line of ventless cookware. In 2014 we launched our online web store that allows users to buy filters and maintenance pack with ease. And just this year we introduced two new filtration units, the Semi-Automatic Oil Filtration System for the 40E and the AutoFilter for all AutoFry units. Our dedication to kitchen innovation has brought us this far and it’s only just the beginning. Stick with us for 25 more years and who knows what we have in store for you!
Check out our timeline below for a visual of our company’s history, or if you’d like to actually venture back in time, check out these two AutoFry promo videos from 1996.