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Made in Eastern Iowa: AMTEK Microwaves

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This week for Made in Eastern Iowa, we’re taking you inside a Cedar Rapids based company with a global influence. AMTEK products are helping to heat up the food preparation industry around the world. They’re not products that appear in a typical American kitchen.

“It’s used in the cruise ship industry. They can temper boxes of all kinds of proteins, vegetables and fruits, so they can get it ready to serve in the cafeteria,” said Stephen Rogers. “About 37 percent of our sales are international. So we have sold product in 32 different countries and 39 different states in the United States.”

The systems use transmitters designed and built in house to temper and thaw out meat, cook bacon and more.

“This is what generates the 75 thousand watts,” Rogers said, showing off a piece of the machinery that makes up the microwave transmitter. “Product would go through the oven. And you can do box after box after box.”

The microwaves have multiple purposes. “This can be pressurized,” said Rogers, showing TV9 a large machine. “You can in fact pasteurize and sterilize the product going through it.”

The company started in 2004 with 4 employees, and has grown to more than 50. The plan is to grow more.

“We have a couple of big projects that we’ve quoted that when they come in we’ll add a lot of jobs.”

AMTEK is a one-stop shop, doing it all in house. “We fabricate all the parts, and make everything so we can keep our prices very very competitive,” said Rogers.

AMTEK’s products usually take about 6 weeks to make and can cost several hundred-thousand dollars. Many of their biggest clients are based in Russia and China.

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