emtek stands for Engineered Mat Technology.

The emtek product was first developed at the University of Maine in 2001. The original research and design work was intended to produce a high strength wood composite made from a low grade hardwood resource from residential and light commercial building applications. The product that resulted not only achieved high strength from low grade material, but was also highly durable in industrial environments by nature of the laminated hardwood. The ultimate marketplace became aggressive industrial environments that used wood in structural applications.

The emtek product is now produced in Sheridan, Arkansas.