Pro Tools Now Celebrates New Georgia Facility

March 11th, 2020 by Emmariah Holcomb

“Our new Georgia factory began manufacturing Pro Tools Now products in December of 2019, and it has taken a ton of work and money to convert the buildings that we purchased into our very own custom factory,” said Bob Williams, Pro Tools Now owner, as he reflects on opening a new facility.

According to Williams, the company purchased a facility comprised of four buildings that totaled 3.4 acres. The four buildings make up one acre, leaving 2.4 acres for future projects. “Total square footage under roof is 15,500 square feet I really love to build things and now have space to keep me busy for quite some time,” Williams added.

Three molding machines for Pro Tools Now

The new facility is the home to up to seven employees on busy days, according to Williams. The new factory manufactures the company’s product lines it has developed over the past two decades. In addition, the company now has the capability to expand the ways it creates and produces new products, according to Williams.

“Pro Tools Now, now does CNC machining. We can now conceive something over breakfast, create a 3D design of the conception that morning and produce aerospace quality professionally finished parts that afternoon,” said Williams. “We have invested very, very heavily in capital equipment and do not believe any of our competitors are anywhere close to possessing the capabilities that we now possess!”

The Need

Prior to the Georgia location being operational, the company had been using a contract molder in Denver, Colo., for 18 years, but found it was difficult to further expand.

“As our product line of over 70 unique SKU’s grew it became difficult for our contract molder to keep up with demand. In 2017 we were convinced that we needed a new factory that focused only on Pro Tools Now products,” recalled Williams.

Pumping out Go Doctors

Goals

Williams highlighted both long and short-term goals he has for the new facility which include:

  • Short term – build up inventory levels so the company can fill its orders promptly to meet our customers’ growing demands; and
  • Long term – advance ideas into fresh new Pro Tools Now products.

Rough Transition

The road to opening the doors in Georgia wasn’t always smooth, as Williams recalled having to “fight tooth and nail” to accomplish everything in addition to a learning along the way.

“We have experienced a steep learning curve figuring out how to get the three-phase power needed to our building. But in the end the townspeople of Bowdon Ga., saw we were developing too slowly and came around to lend a hand,” Williams recalled.

He noted the city’s manager even sent the city’s electrician to them to help the company get in the right direction, which came after Pro Tools Now was unsuccessful with 10 previous electrical contractors.

Programing 300 ton molding machine

“It is truly wonderful having a hometown that supports you,” said Williams. “We now have local folks lying in bed at night dreaming up ways that we can do things better. Our success is meaningful to our hometown … in 38 years as an independent businessman I have never experienced anything remotely close to this. Jefferson County Colo., could give a flying rip what we do or what happens to us.”

“It is wonderful having our own factory now, and being a meaningful part of our community, enjoying the lush abundance of flowering plants shrubs and trees that make our new home a truly tantalizing,” he added.

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