Wednesday, April 26, 2017 – The Door County Economic Development Corporation announced today that Pro Products, Inc. (http://www.proproducts-inc.com/) is the winner of the Door County Industry of the Year Award. The annual award recognizes a local construction, service or manufacturing business that has made a substantial impact on the community and enjoyed significant accomplishments during the past year. The announcement came during the DCEDC annual investors meeting today at Stone Harbor Resort & Conference Center in Sturgeon Bay.
Pro Products, Inc. was incorporated in the year 2000, making automotive aftermarket components. In 2006, they began manufacturing precision machined components for original equipment manufacturers. Today, the firm provides Computer Numerical Control machining, small fabrications and weldments, and part assembly services. Pro Products works with all types of steel, stainless steel, aluminum, brass, copper, plastics, castings and forgings.
This successful, family-run business, led by company directors Joseph Hurley, Sandy Hurley, Jonathan Hurley and Steven Hurley, have molded the company’s marketplace well beyond Wisconsin: in 2013, 80% of their business was Wisconsin based; in 2016 80% of their business was nationwide. The company projects that a significant portion of future sales will come from overseas markets.
Pro Products, Inc. has invested significant resources in Door County, most recently in 2015 with a new 40,000 square foot manufacturing facility in the Sturgeon Bay Industrial Park, easily accessible for incoming raw materials and outgoing shipments of completed machined parts. In 2016, they added an additional 6,000 square foot warehouse space.
Considerable capital investment has also been made to acquire state of the art manufacturing equipment to be an industry leader of high quality machined goods. In addition to the facility and equipment, the company invests in their employees, providing opportunities for enhanced employment with high quality jobs, supporting families in Door County. In the past five years, Pro Products has grown from 22 employees to over 40.
A combined total of over 120 years of programming and machining experience has created a unique, skillful staff, capable of trouble-shooting and recommending creative solutions to manufacturing challenges. The long-tenured employees, coupled with the state of the art equipment, allow the company to proficiently run each part they make, with the key focus and result being a high-quality, competitively priced part for the customer, while maintaining profitability for the company.
The management philosophy centers on creating highly skilled and challenging jobs providing employment opportunities to stimulate an individual’s growth and development. They strive to identify an employee’s strengths, evaluate their potential and provide relevant training to enhance their career path. The company recently utilized the Wisconsin Fast Forward Grant program for employer-led, customized worker training. The management of Pro Products Inc. has continued an ongoing endeavor in the community to create awareness about these highly skilled career opportunities.
Pro Products, is dedicated to supporting the economic strength of the county and exhibits good corporate citizenship through local mentorship. The company also supports the technical programs at Sturgeon Bay and Southern Door High Schools with donations, directional and mentorship support.
“We are pleased to recognize Pro Products, Inc. as our industry of the year,” said DCEDC Executive Director Caleb Frostman. “Their continued growth and investment in our community are welcome indicators of optimism and excitement for a bright future. We hope that will continue for many years to come.”
This year marks the 44th year of the Door County Industry of the Year Award, first presented by the Door County Chamber of Commerce in 1973. Last year’s award winner was Therma-Tron-X, Inc. Other recent winners of the Industry of the Year Award include Jim Olson Automotive Group, Hatco Corporation and Renard’s Cheese Store & Deli.