AKRON—Commercial Timesharing Inc. is small, making it nimble and resourceful.
And that's exactly what it prefers to be.
Those are just two reasons the company is an ideal operation, the firm's employees said in a recent survey conducted by Best Companies Group, placing it among Rubber & Plastics News' Best Places to Work for 2020.
"Our smaller size allows every employee to be a contributor, not just another small cog in a big wheel," CTI President Troy Anenson.
Akron-headquartered CTI provides innovative controls and software along with electrical engineering services to tire manufacturers and the rubber industry globally.
"We collaborate with them to define needs and then we design, develop and deploy projects all over the world to meet those needs," he said.
It also provides and supports a specific line of tire testing and factory management products for the tire and rubber industry.
With a work force that exceeds 100, the Akron-based company employs more than 25 engineers along with a strong support staff, Anenson said.
It has a strong team methodology "that makes for a great experience in a demanding technical environment," he added. "We have a family-like atmosphere with monthly birthday treats, special work anniversaries, holiday parties and game nights."
CTI, which was founded in 1978 and became part of the Poling Group in 2001 when David Poling bought the firm, has modernized its services as technology has advanced, Anenson said. The same engineers who developed the software and controls also travel to customer sites for startup and commissioning, which allows for last-minute changes and improvements in the field.
He said that while most of the company's competitors have field service technicians who handle travel assignments for startups, they have no access to the software or authority to make changes in the field. As a result, changes could take days or weeks before they can be approved, deployed and tested.
"The CTI model makes for happier customers, especially when startup delays can affect production," Anenson said. "We build good relationships with companies. Our people care about their problems."
Anenson has a thorough understanding of what it's like to be employed at CTI. He was hired at the company as an engineer in 1989 after earning his college degree. He's been there ever since.