Great Lakes Boat Top, one of the nation’s oldest and largest original equipment manufacturers of marine canvas covers and enclosures, said it is celebrating its 60th year in business in 2017.
William Parks founded the company in a Detroit garage. After 30 years of business with his father in the Detroit area, Ken Parks moved Great Lakes Boat Top to Tennessee to better serve a growing client list of boatbuilders.
Today the company is owned by Marine Accessories Corp. and has facilities in Tennessee and Florida. Great Lakes Boat Top also makes replacement canvas available to retail customers.
“It is a privilege to be part of a company dedicated to exceeding customer expectations for more than six decades,” company president Jim Wilson said in a statement.
“That kind of longevity speaks volumes for the quality of work of the people at Great Lakes Boat Top, as well as the solid business relationships we’ve developed with customers throughout the years.”
Wilson said the company began its year-long celebration with a special ceremony for employees that recognized them for their contributions. Ken Parks made a special guest appearance and each employee received an embroidered jacket and enjoyed a catered lunch.