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Barrett-Jackson – Now there is a name everyone that is a car enthusiast knows.

Personally I’ve watched countless auctions on television and have always been mesmerized at the beauty of some of the cars that roll across the auction block. I think part of the what always compelled me to watch the auctions was that no matter what type of cars you are into, there is something for every genre at Barrett-Jackson. You can see sports cars, classics, luxury vehicles, concepts, one of kinds, custom builds, and oddities all in one spot. It is the showcase of all things automotive and brings in some of the most immaculate vehicles in the world. The next auction takes place in Scottsdale, Arizona January 10-18, 2015 and I can say that we are excited to be a part of it!

TMI AutoTech will have a booth set up in conjunction with Forman Motorworks showcasing the Ariel Atom. The display is being set up as I type this and I will be heading out Wednesday along with David, our vehicle sales representative. There will be an Atom 3 on display as well as an exhibition for showing off the engine and turbo set up for the New 365bhp Atom 3S. INDE Motorsports Ranch will also have a SPEC:RACEATOM set up in their section in the outdoor area. It should be an exciting event with a lot of people in attendance and I look forward to introducing many people to the Atom. So if you’re heading to Scottsdale next week, come by booth 26 and check us out!

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2015 will be an exciting year at TMI AutoTech! Now I can’t give away all the exciting details but as we move into our 8th year we are poised for some exciting new opportunities.

As many of you reading this likely know…The Ariel Atom keeps us busy as we manufacture the car in-house from the ground up. This past year we invested in new CNC machining equipment in addition to many new skilled staff members to bring the cars to life. 2015 will see the first Atom 3S owners take delivery of the insanely quick turbo powered Atoms. Can’t wait for this!

New projects other than the Atom also await us in the New Year…from various components that we engineer for others and manufacture to a new project that we are excited to announce in the near future.

In preparation for the coming year this week (besides being ChristmasJ) is always busy as we clean and organize for the future. The warehouse is being re-arranged as I type, the machines are getting cleaned and new cutting fluid added, and our marketing team is busy planning the events calendar.

Look to see TMI AutoTech out at more events in the coming year…and also with exciting news along the way.

Oh – and last but not least in preparation for 2015 we have to finish out 2014 by counting inventory. Ugh…..back to the grind…where was I at…1,2,3,4,5,6,7,…

Hope you had a great Christmas – and have a Happy New Year.

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Every year I am not sure why I am amazed at how time has flown by…….but it always surprises me how quickly the year slips away. Thinking about this I started to reflect on what accomplishments happened this year…..and I came up with an informal list of cool things that occurred at TMI AutoTech in 2014.

  •           Built the 68th Spec Race Atom car
  •           Sold chassis AA30227 for Atom 3s (and counting……)
  •           Completed the 4th full season of the VIR Cup Spec Race Atom race season Presented by Honda Racing/HPD
  •           We were invited to compete at exhibition races with the SCCA at both the Summer Speedfest and the American Road Race of Champions
  •           Released the Turbo Charged 365hp Atom 3S to the world in October - (I had the pleasure of test driving it at the drag strip and around VIR) J
  •           Expanded internal capabilities with the addition of numerous new staff members; we are up over 20 people now!
  •           Expanded our internal machining capabilities with a new 4-axis CNC mill
  •           Launched TMI Motorsport Service division to look after Atoms as well as a wide variety of track and exotic cars

I know there is more….but those items stand out as the most memorable……but what also sticks in my head as memorable is the number of hours everyone at TMI AutoTech worked to get things moving; from future planning to daily jobs our staff worked hard. Thank you.

2015 has many new and exciting projects in the works, in addition to a continued effort to keep the Ariel Atom at the top of the heap. Stay tuned…….ATOM3s clipped black whitelogocd

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“Desire is the key to motivation, but its determination and commitment to an unrelenting pursuit of your goal – a commitment to excellence – that will enable you to attain the success you seek.”

Mario Andretti

We all want something – that new 100 inch television, the new golf clubs that promise to lengthen your drive by 500%, the new cell phone that will make your life 1000 times easier – but how do we fulfill these desires, and more importantly, are we focused on the right things?

In my first month here at TMI AutoTech I have had some time to reflect on the path that brought me here. I desired to be out of retail sales, to have greater responsibility, and to make a better living for me and my growing family. But desire was not enough; it was only by understanding why what I desired was important to me that I was able to realize the source of these desires and work towards my goal – stability, contentment, satisfaction in work and in my personal life.

Mario Andretti hit the nail on the head; it is not only desire that leads us to success, it is hard work, determination, and most importantly “a commitment to excellence” that allows us to attain it. This commitment to excellence is woven into the very fabric that makes up TMI AutoTech. From the ground up every component is hand crafted to exacting standards, whether it is something huge like the chassis or something miniscule like the nuts and bolts holding it all together. Our desire is to build each and every Atom to an exacting standard; this desire is gratified only through the determination and commitment to excellence portrayed by each member of our team, day after day.

For more information about the Ariel Atom or any of our offerings here at TMI AutoTech, give me a call at (434)822-9130.

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There is a lot that goes into the manufacturing of an Atom, but have you ever really stopped to think, just how much? Sure, there are a lot of labor hours in fabricating the chassis, component installation, and overall vehicle assembly; but what I'm talking about are the parts that make up these extraordinary vehicles.

TMI AutoTech has upwards of 5,000 different part numbers in our system that can be used in the production of an Atom. That's right, between individual parts and what goes into different sub-assemblies, there are more than 5,000 part numbers to keep up with. So let's meet the people that keep up with the organizing, storage, and purchasing of the parts and materials that go into building the Atom.

Richard Clark – Warehouse Associate

Richard has been employed here for three years, his duties include the shipping and receiving of just about anything that comes through the doors at TMI AutoTech. As you may imagine, Richard stays very busy checking in items to make sure they are correct and in good condition, as well as putting items away for storage and finding warehouse space for everything from bolts and washers to a complete Atom. Rich grew up around racing and enjoys being in a position within motorsports.

Shelia Kirk – Purchaser

Shelia's is responsible for creating purchase orders for items as well as acquiring new suppliers. She has been with the company for 5-years and interacts with vendors on a daily basis, which is the favorite part of the job for her. So whether it's ordering office supplies or machine oil, Shelia is the person to go to here at TMI AutoTech.

If you want more behind the scenes information on the Ariel Atom make sure to "Like" our page on Facebook and to follow us on Twitter.

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