William R. Jones, CEO of Solar Atmospheres Inc. received the Heritage Award at the Metal Treating Institute (MTI) Fall Meeting in Las Vegas, Nev. This prestigious award is given in recognition of the individual’s lifetime commitment to the betterment of the commercial heat-treating industry with one or more notable accomplishments. Only nine people in the 78-year history of MTI have ever received this award. MTI President Buster Crossley presented the award by introducing Jones as an “icon in the world of heat treating.”  Jones, a fellow of ASM International, holds numerous patents related to vacuum furnace design and application. He has also authored numerous technical articles and white papers on the subject.