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Some History

Groundbreaking HDD Innovation

Since our establishment in 1992, Pro-Drill has continued to provide quality custom tooling solutions to our valued customers. Applying innovative thinking to our products and manufacturing methods ensures our tooling is strong enough to stand up to the toughtest HDD applications.

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It was summer time 1974. Allan W. Brown, a farm boy from southwestern Manitoba had just graduated high school and was looking at a whole life ahead of him and was making that decision we have all made. “What do I want to be when I grow up?”

"The Judge"

By the spring of 1975 Allan had graduated from Assiniboine Community College with a certificate and a dream of being a machinist. Allan began work with a machining and repair shop In Virden, Manitoba known as Grant’s Welding. Allan worked, learned and grew along-side many mentors until 1988 when he decided he was ready to be more. Allan ventured out and built his own shop and designed “The Judge”. Built with blood, sweat and tears and fueled by testosterone, “The Judge” was the final voice at truck and tractor pulls across the nation. The countries best self-propelled pulling skid.

Bigger, Better, Stronger and Faster

Being an achiever, Allan wanted more creations, more challenges. In 1992 Allan began building drilling rigs for the Horizontal Directional Drilling (HDD) world. From the ground up Allan always had an idea to make it bigger, better, stronger and faster than anyone else had. A true innovation specialist had come to life.

Innovative Thinking

After a time Allan had begun to build a network of support staff around him. To be the best was their only requirement. With a staff of 8 to 10 people the decision to streamline to producing just the tooling for the HDD industry was next. Making a few products that are the best is better than making a hundred products that are just like all the rest. Innovative thinking and responding to your customer’s needs is just one more step in the walk of success in making Pro-Drill Industries Ltd. who they are today, the “Leaders in a Boring World”.