January 17, 2014 | By Jerry Fallstrom, Orlando Sentinel
— Since 1952, Electron Machine Corporation has been "kind of hidden here in Umatilla," said C.A. Vossberg, president and general manager.
But on Tuesday, the small company with 20 employees that has operated without fanfare will emerge from the shadows.
Electron Machine will receive the Governor's Export Excellence Award for 2013 from Gov. Rick Scott. The longtime manufacturer will be recognized as part of Governor's Innovators in Business Awards to be presented at the governor's mansion.
"This award doesn't have anything to do with me," Vossberg said. "It's about the people that work here. We have a very loyal staff. Most of our employees have been here for more than 20 years. We have one that celebrated his 50th anniversary last year. We have a dedicated workforce."
Electron Machine designs and manufactures industrial measuring and control instruments for the pulp and paper, food and chemical-processing industries. The company's instruments are used by manufacturers to make sure that ingredients, for example, are precisely the same for each can of soda or half-gallon of ice cream.
In 2012, more than half of Electron Machine's business was done internationally. Vossberg said China is an increasingly important customer, as is Japan. "We have kind of a niche market that we fill," he said.
The company was founded in 1946 in Long Island, N.Y., by Vossberg's grandfather, Carl Vossberg Jr.
In 1952, Electron Machine moved to Umatilla and developed an instrument vital to the citrus industry to ensure consistency in frozen concentrated juice.
At a County Commission meeting this week, Commissioner Leslie Campione said, "It's really great notoriety for our county to have a company like Electron Machine growing and doing the things they're doing."