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Tuesday, 07 September 2021 15:11

All-American from Concept to Collision Repair Shop: Pro Spot a Proud U.S. Manufacturer

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A small glimpse of the Pro Spot headquarters’ Training Center. A small glimpse of the Pro Spot headquarters’ Training Center.

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Growing up in Sweden, Ron Olsson believed his future would one day lead him to America. After moving to California, he founded Pro Spot International in 1986, introducing the collision repair industry to resistance spot welding, which OEMs already used while building vehicles.

Since its inception, Pro Spot equipment has “always been manufactured in the U.S., under one roof, from start to finish,” Olsson said. “We’re proud to be the only American-made spot-welding manufacturer. Living in this great country means something, and our distributors and customers can take pride in using products made in the USA.”

 

For the past 20 years, Pro Spot’s catalogue of products has come to life in its 60,000-square foot facility in Carlsbad, CA. From design and engineering to prototyping, and then manufacturing and shipping its products, Pro Spot “dreams up everything we do right here. On-site engineers design our equipment on a CAD program, and after testing the prototypes, we manufacture the product,” Olsson explained.

 

Spot welder cylinder

Ryan Swanson showing off a fresh spot welder cylinder made in the five-axis Doosan mill turn.

 

Originality and adaptability are key components to Olsson’s business philosophy. He places much emphasis on the ability to engineer and manufacture all Pro Spot equipment under one roof.

 

“We have to be fast-acting in this industry, and having everything in-house provides us with instant access to engineering and the production line when we need to react,” he said. “With everyone in the same building, feedback reaches the right team quicker, allowing efficient adjustments when needed, without relying on another facility’s response times. That’s priceless in this industry.”

 

The adaptability Pro Spot enjoys by having the entire process under one roof was paramount while contending with the global pandemic.

 

“We reacted and adapted quicker than other manufacturers because we control everything on-site,” said Olsson. “During the worst of the shutdown, Pro Spot supported our distributors by...


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