MESSAGE FROM PRABHAT K. JAIN, CEO
Longest serving transformer manufacturing CEO in the world. Leading growth for the long term!
Over the last 45 years, Virginia Transformer has become the 4th largest manufacturer of power transformers in North America. The company was established in 1971, in Roanoke, VA, and started manufacturing drive isolation transformers for the mining and steel industries that require a high level of engineering expertise. The business grew on the foundation of strong technical talent across all functions in the company. Current management took over the leadership of business in 1982 and the product range and market coverage has expanded rapidly ever since.
Increasing to 10 MVA units in 1989 allowed the company to serve heavy industry and utility power applications and includes dry type specialty pad mount transformers up to 15 MVA, 35 KV. Currently the company has 4 plants in North America, and has the capability to manufacture up to 500 MVA, 345 KV class units. The company continues to offer solutions for transformer design across a broad spectrum of utility, industrial, renewable energy and commercial applications. This gives us the widest product range and the broadest application experience in both the industrial and utility markets. Thus today, VTC is the premier designer and manufacturer of power transformers in North America. Moving forward into the 21st century, we are applying our engineering skills to build a transformer that will last for 69 yrs. that will support the electrical transmission and distribution system in North America. With our expansive equipment and overlap of range between the plants, VTC is the most viable “one stop shop” for large power projects offering premium delivery on time.
Our rapid growth has come from solid technical strength in all areas of our business. Today, the company employs 1000 people – 100 of those are engineers, with graduate and post graduate degrees in multiple areas of specialization. Continuous improvement in design and manufacturing processes has reduced our defect rate to 1% of transformers shipped. Our combined staff experience in designing transformers is 300+ years, and there are more than 15,000 designs on file in our archives, providing an extensive resource for selecting the optimum solution for any power transformer application. Our customers tell us that our technology, processes, and people are the best in the industry.
We foresee that our business will continue to grow, based on developing relationships with customers, entering new markets, and providing no fault customer service. Virginia Transformer and Georgia Transformer will continue to provide innovative, optimized solutions for electrical power.
- BS Mechanical Engineering – India 1965
- MS Material Science – Villanova, PA 1970
- MBA – Lynchburg, VA 1981
- 1965 – 1968 : Hindustan Motors, India – Machine shop foreman in auto manufacturing plant
- 1968 – 1970 : Graduate Assistant – material Lab – Villanova part time work as tool and die marker and electronic assembly
- 1970 – 1977 : Robinson Helpern, Plymouth Meeting, PA – Started as Product Engineer and then Division Manager of the transducer manufacturing company – received a patent for High temp Accelerometer
- 1977 – 1982 : General Electric Co., started as Senior Design Engineer and later Design Manager of the variable speed drive system manufacturer
- President of VTC since 1982.