How Proshop Started
The founders of ProShop ERP didn’t know they would become leaders in the manufacturing ERP world. The story of ProShop ERP started in 1993 where the founders met during college. They attended Western Washington University in the Vehicle Research Institute. Over four years, they worked on designing and building racing cars for the Formula SAE competition. Each school year would launch the design and construction of a new vehicle. Each May the team would compete with 100 universities from around the world. This shared sense of purpose to keep building things and working together as a team led to the creation of a company – Pro CNC which the founders grew for 17 years.
With the principles of continuous improvement in their collective DNA, they worked tirelessly to improve the operations and efficiency of Pro CNC by developing ProShop – a ERP system to run their machine shop. ProShop handled their shop scheduling, shop floor control, quality management, CMMS, equipment calibration and much more. The software facilitated rapid growth and many awards. During the first 10 years they focused and built ProShop just for their own company with no plans to ever commercialize it. They didn’t yet know that ProShop would become the foundation of their next company.
Customers, vendors and even auditors would tell them that ProShop was the most amazing and complete shop management software they’d ever seen, in a shop of any size. After hearing this so many times, along with repeated direct requests to buy the software, they finally got it…What they had built was bigger than Pro CNC, it needed to be out in the market. They had the opportunity to help North American manufacturers just like them to become more globally competitive. They could help business owners create more value for their communities, their employees and themselves.
In 2014 when Pro CNC was sold to an international manufacturing company, the original founders moved on to their next adventure – bringing ProShop to the manufacturing industry.