By Don Creason, posted on Sep 18, 2012 / RodAuthority.com
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Pratt and Miller recently opened their new 25,000 square-foot restorations facility. The new building is located just a mile down the road from the company’s headquarters in New Hudson, MI. The restoration operations which were occupying six thousand square feet at their main facility have been moved to this new building but all other company operations will remain at the original headquarters.
Although in business for over twenty years, the company has only been doing restoration work for about two years, applying their engineering knowledge and talents for building award winning racers to the rod, custom, and restoration industry. The restoration business is booming for Pratt and Miller and the explosive growth, as well as demand for their services necessitated this enormous expansion of the company’s restoration operations.
The new building features an impressive 21,000 square-feet of working area and 4,000 square-feet of office space. This is an increase in working space of over 300% for the restoration division compared to what they were utilizing at the company’s main headquarters. The new working space allows as many as thirty to thirty five cars to be worked on at a time.
It also allows for the Restoration division to have many different aspects of the build process to stay in house. There are fabrication, tear down, final assembly, repair, paint and upholstery areas all located in the same facility.
The company recently held an open house as a stop on the 2012 Street Rodder Road Tour. This youtube video was uploaded by Pratt and Miller and gives an overview of the shop itself with several glimpses of some really cool projects that are in the works.
Not only did we spot the CNC machine but other details make this place really shine. There’s the ample lighting and epoxy coated floors finished with a shine to enhance light reflectivity and improve lighting efficiency. There’s also plenty of storage for parts and pieces both new and in progress. There’s an overhead boom system capable of lifting and moving an entire car and we e also noticed the only pillars or support beams for the structure either run around the perimeter or directly down the center. This not only allows for more floor space, but allows projects to be moved around more easily and decreases the chances of an incident involving a project, or part having an unfriendly meeting with a structural element of the building.
The company is known for its fabrication and engineering skills and this is made even more evident as eighteen seconds into the video we spotted a Fadal CNC machine on the right of the screen. Throughout the video you will spot multiple projects that are in various stages of completion showing off different talents of the Pratt and Miller crew.
We had a lot of fun going through and hitting pause on each different frame to see how many projects we could catch. At twenty seconds you can catch a quick glimpse of what is clearly a racing application on a jig or fab table, still being assembled. In the frame at twenty one seconds we spotted a Tri-Five Chevy (foreground), a ’32 Ford, an old Chevelle (dead center) and a C5 Vette way in the background. Fun, fun, fun – we can’t wait to see what they come up with next! Stay tuned for more on this ever growing operation and their killer hot rods.