In 1968, Progressive Engineering Company built its first automated abrasive grit blasting system, a departure from the company's established expertise in quality jigs and fixtures. By 1972 the company had introduced its first pneumatic blasting product designed specifically for shot peening, and changed its name to Progressive Blasting Systems to reflect its dominant product offering. Progressive moved its headquarters to its current location in Grand Rapids, Michigan in 1979, ultimately expanding the facility to include four buildings.
The firm introduced its first automated thermal spray system in 1983, and assumed the name Progressive Technologies, Inc., in 1988. Progressive's product line expanded once again in 1991, to include robotic, ultra-high pressure water jet stripping systems, and in 2000 with the introduction of the revolutionary 100HE High Enthalpy Plasma Torch.
Through nearly 50 years of continuous growth, ownership has remained constant and stable. Today, a new name—Progressive Surface®—reflects the company's core competencies. Progressive Surface applies the Procise Process® to the design, manufacture, and servicing of superior systems for shot peening, abrasive grit blasting, thermal spray coating, and ultra high pressure waterjet stripping applications. Progressive Surface machines are used around the world for the most demanding applications in the aerospace, energy, medical, military, and general manufacturing industries.