We had the opportunity to speak with Tom Krol, President and CEO of IMET, to find out a little bit more about what makes his business unique. IMET Corporation transforms new product concepts into reality by providing all-inclusive or a la carte product development solutions. Its full range of services includes contract manufacturing — especially PCB assembly – as well as emphasis on electronics engineering during the product development stage. Utilizing the skills and specialties of an in-house staff of engineers, IMET is uniquely positioned to “build success” for its clients by producing their products with a  focus on marketability.

IMET was selected as the Chamber’s 2014 Manufacturer of the Year award winner, and they will formally accept the award during our 31st Annual Excellence Awards Celebration on November 20, 2013, from 6:00 – 9:30 p.m. at The Crystal Tea Room in Philadelphia.

Q: What makes IMET special?

A: Ever wonder what it’s like to look into a crystal ball? IMET’s three assembly lines produce a wonderland of futuristic electronics that diagnose and treat medical issues. Other products we assemble enrich users by entertaining them or making their lives easier and longer. By doing so, they also make IMET a very special place indeed!

Q: What did it mean to receive the Manufacture of the Year Award from the Chamber?

A: Receiving Manufacturer of the Year Award was like receiving a standing ovation from the Chamber’s more than 5,000 member companies. It has put us in a very special group of people who I’ve long admired, respected and am especially proud to be associated with. We are confident that this honor will be another tool to give our customers confidence in IMET and its continued long-term growth.

Q: What is the biggest challenge you face when running your business?

A: My biggest challenge is getting to do everything I’ve planned and finding time to get things done. There are too many unforeseen items that come up to sap my time and prevent me from getting to the important stuff.

Q: Why have you kept IMET in the Philadelphia region?

A: Why would IMET leave a place with a marketplace as huge as ours — consisting of an industrial base that stretches along the entire eastern seaboard – one that has affordable livability for me and our employees and has unlimited sports, entertainment and cultural venues? There’s no place like Philly. Even out-of-towners who’ve m