Manufacturing 2023: PRABHAT JAIN
CEO, VIRGINIA TRANSFORMER, ROANOKE
Jain has been CEO of Virginia Transformer, the continent’s largest U.S.-owned power transformer manufacturer, since 1982, 14 years after he arrived from India, mechanical engineering degree in hand. Over the past 40 years, Jain grew the company from 35 employees to more than 2,700 across five plants. Last fall, it opened an additional manufacturing facility in Chihuahua, Mexico.
In 1965, Jain started as a machine shop foreman at Hindustan Motors in India, and he also worked at Robinson Halpern as a product engineer, later becoming division manager. There, he received a patent for a high temp accelerometer. He earned his master’s in material science at Villanova University and an MBA at Lynchburg University.
Jain has been a supporter of local charities and recently established a scholarship for high school graduates in the area.
TRAITS I ADMIRE: Integrity and thoroughness
ONE THING I’D CHANGE ABOUT VIRGINIA: Ensure there’s an educational system to continue to support growth in manufacturing in the state.