I am Michael Leonard, the owner of MTL Services. First of all, I wanted to say thanks to the food industry and all of the people and companies I have been honored to work with throughout my career since 1986. I could not have been more blessed than to be a part of this great industry.
I graduated in Mechanical Engineering at NC State University in 1981 and spent time the first eight years in engineering & project management. I entered the food industry in 1986 with Square Food Processing Machinery introducing the Belt Grill to the U.S. market until joining in Frigoscandia (JBT FoodTech) in 1989 for 8 ½ years.
In 1989 I assisted in building a small spiral company, Freezing Systems that later became RMF Freezers.
In 2005 we started MTL Services and began purchasing, refurbishing and selling spiral freezers. We have sold spirals internationally in Dubai, India, Turkey, Argentina ( 2 units), Guatemala & Mexico.
In 2010 Brakebush Brothers & Fieldale Farms assisted in expanding MTL Services offerings by consigning their excess equipment to include the equipment upstream from the spiral including Stein fryers, Stein & MP batter & breading equipment, Stein oil filters, FPEC tumblers, refrigeration screw compressors, etc.
We have a 12000 ft2 warehouse in Cartersville, GA to house the purchased & consigned equipment for sale.
Our customers for purchased, consigned and sold equipment include Pilgrim’s Pride, Koch Foods, Redi-Serve, Crestwood Farms, McCain Snack Foods, Cargill Meat Solutions, Keystone Foods, Cargill Kitchen Solutions, MAS Enterprises (Dubai), EgeCanet (Turkey), Congelatos Artico (Argentina), Fieldale Farms, Albertville Quality Foods, Bob Evans, Global Reliance (India), Gold Creek Foods, House of Raeford, Rainforest SeaFood (Jamaica), Prime Pak Foods, etc.
In 2011 I received a call from a new company being formed called Food Process Solutions (FPS). After meeting at their new facility in Vancouver, BC, Canada, it was obvious to me that the company would be a phenomenal success and I became a representative when the company had zero sales. Jeffrey Chang, the President, and I traveled together for over a year and the company has been successful even beyond my expectations with sales over $30 million in 2015 and is the now considered a leader in food freezing technology & manufacturing in the North America. They now have offices in Europe & China.