Since 1988, we have operated a fabrication and repair business for the agricultural, municipal, manufacturing
and commercial industries. We specialize in stainless steel and also work with mild steel and aluminum.
Pierre and Darla Chouinard established Pro-Tran late in 1988, to do business in metal fabrication and
welding. Pro-Tran is short for Professional Transportation repair. The leased buildings containing
some equipment to start the business were located in Hindsboro, Illinois. Shortly after starting the business
we purchased the facility from Bill Kauffman, Darla’s father. Bill Kauffman, owner of Bulk-Tek Sales and
Leasing, Inc. helped Pro-Tran by sending overflow work and lending guidance on repair and fabrication procedures.
With this influence, Pro-Tran was headed in the direction of tank and trailer repair. As experience was
gained and equipment acquired, various and interesting fabrication and repair projects became possible.
In 2002, Pro-Tran relocated to a new facility in Charleston. The modern facility has improved efficiency
and allowed us to grow the business.
Pro-Tran has come a long way since 1988. We now perform short run production type work for local industries
as well as major restoration to damaged and wrecked tank trailers and various equipment.
We look forward to many more opportunities providing services to the transportation and manufacturing
industries, agricultural, commercial and to independent customers as well.