Your partners in motion

With over 170 years of combined experience in a variety of industries and markets, our leadership team brings unique perspective and expertise to every customer request. Together, we’ve helped organizations solve some of their biggest and most complex challenges through our full-service product development, motion technology, and value-added manufacturing services. We’re passionate about motion and even more passionate about meeting business objectives and accelerating growth through innovation. We welcome the opportunity to turn your manufacturing roadblocks into successes. Meet the experts who are ready to solve your next big challenge.

Fred Sutter
​CEO/President - 35+ years

​Fred has over 35 years of experience creating value by building high performing teams, developing and executing winning strategies, launching new technology, and implementing operational excellence. His entrepreneurial, hands-on style combined with his experience running $60M–800M divisions for world-class public companies like Emerson Electric, Graco, and Carlisle Companies provides the foundation for MTA’s unique, high performance work environment.

Todd Backer
VP Operations - 35+ years

Todd has over 30 years of experience building and leading high-performance teams in developing, commercializing and manufacturing leading edge technology products across multiple industries. Through his people first, hands-on style combined with an operational excellence focus derived as a Six Sigma Master Black, he has led multi-site global organizations in delivering world class products and performance at companies including Seagate Technology, Rice Lake Weighing Systems, Motorola, and Red Wing Shoes. Todd holds multiple patents in design and process technology as well as two BS degrees in Chemical Engineering and Metallurgical Engineering from the University of Minnesota, and an MSE degree in Materials Science and Engineering from the University of Texas.

Eric Donaldson
VP R&D - 35+ years

Eric has extensive experience in research and development, project management, and product commercialization for various companies including 3M, Remmele Engineering, Reell Precision, Kodak Imaging, Pacific Resources, and Imation. He holds over 20 patents and advanced technical degrees in Agronomy & Plant Sciences, Engineering Technology, and Agricultural Engineering from the University of Minnesota.

Steve Sowada
VP Sales - 30+ years

Steve has over 30 years experience in domestic and international business development, with businesses ranging from $10M–$120M in size. He has a proven track record for developing and executing growth strategies in the IT and medical device industry with sales teams from 10–160 employees. Steve’s past experience includes Micro Display System, LaserMaster, Medcare Products, and Secondary Solutions.