Manufacturers Near Me

October 2021 Multimedia

Not to date myself, but there is a generation or two who have never experienced life without the “talk-to-text” option on cell phones. It’s so common these days we don’t think twice about speaking into our phones, even including punctuation such as periods and exclamations marks, to send along with our messages. Sometimes what we speak into the phone comes out much different in typed form, but for the most part it’s a convenient way to communicate and yet another way to keep children (and adults) from learning how to spell correctly on their own.

One of the most common features – after text messaging of course – is to speak into our phones to search for places nearby. “Food near me” gets used quite a bit or if I’m being honest I use, “Fast food near me” a lot more often. This got me thinking about what other things I could search for beyond gas stations, which lead me to boat manufacturers in the Great Lakes.

Unless your cell phone is much more advanced than mine, speaking into it and saying, “Boat manufacturers near me” won’t pull up a very complete listing. I was only curious because there seems to be quite a few people who wrongly assume the boats found in the Great Lakes were all manufactured in Florida or overseas. While it is true there are a boat show’s worth of boats being built in the Sunshine State, you might be surprised to see the list of builders in our specific area.

Instead of speaking into my phone to find this information, I decided to do it the old-fashioned way, through actual research. Below is a listing of the top manufacturers building boats in the Great Lakes region. Like me, I’m guessing you might be surprised as well to see just how many builders we came up with.     


Connor Industries
Parry Sound, ON P2A 0C6, Canada 

Legend Boats - A Duhamel & Dewar Company
Whitefish, ON P0M 3E0, Canada

INNOVOCEAN Inflatable Boats
Oakville, ON L6L 2X5, Canada 

Ontario Yachts
Burlington, ON L7L 5L6, Canada

Rossiter Boats
Markdale, ON N0C 1H0, Canada 


Barletta Boat Company, LLC
Bristol, IN 46507

Bennington Pontoon Boats
Elkhart, IN 46514

Forest River Marine
Middlebury, IN 46540

Formula Boats
Decatur, IN 46733

Harris Boats
Fort Wayne, IN 46804

JC Manufacturing, Inc.
North Webster, IN 46555

Misty Harbor Yacht
Bristol, IN 46507

Polar Kraft Boats
Syracuse, IN 46567

New Paris, IN 46553

Starcraft Marine
New Paris, IN 46553

Sylvan Marine
New Paris, IN 46553


Crownline Boats
West Frankfort, IL 62896

Lake Holiday Marina
Somonauk, IL 60552

MasterCraft Boats of Chicago
Lake Zurich, IL 60047

Oquawka Boats & Fabrications Inc.
Oquawka, IL 61469


American Pleasure Products
Rose City, MI 48654

Andersen Boat Works
Douglas, MI 49406

Avalon Pontoon Boats
Alma, MI 48801

Cherokee Boats
Kaleva, MI 49645

Crest Marine LLC
Owosso, MI 48867

Dewitt Marine
Bellaire, MI 49615

Douglas Marine / Skater Powerboats
Douglas, MI 49406

Feighner Boat Lifts & Docks
Charlotte, MI 48813

Four Winns
Cadillac, MI 49601

Grand Craft Boats
Holland, MI 49424

Great Lakes Boatbuilding Company
South Haven, MI 49090

Hinckley Yachts
Harbor Springs, MI 49740

Inflatable Industries, LLC
Birch Run, MI 48415

Little Bay Boards
Petoskey, MI 49770

Manitou Pontoon Boats
Lansing, MI 48906

Meyers Boat Co
Adrian, MI 49221

Midlander Manufacturing/L&M Manufacturing
Hope, MI 48628

Michigan Wheel
Grand Rapids, MI 49507

Norton Shores, MI 49441

Nickels Boat Works Inc
Burton, MI 48529

Northwood Boatworks
Alden, MI 49612

Paddle King, Inc.
Carson City, MI 48811

Scarab Jet Boats
Cadillac, MI 49601

Splendor Boats
Silver Lake, IN 46982

StealthCraft Boats
Baldwin, MI 49304

Sunsation Products Inc
Algonac, MI 48001

Sun Dolphin Boats
Muskegon, MI 49440

Tahoe Pontoon Boats
Alma, MI 48801

Tiara Yachts  
Holland, MI 49423  

Van Dam Custom Boats
St, Boyne City, MI 49712


Allmand Boats
Cincinnati, OH 45232

Boat Masters Marine Inc.
Akron, OH 44319\

Celina Industries
Celina, OH 45822 

Checkmate Marine Inc.
Bucyrus, OH 44820

Dart Boat Company
Toledo, OH 43604

Duck Water Boats Inc.
New Philadelphia, OH 44663

East Manufacturing Corporation
Randolph, OH 44265

Golden Giant
Kenton, OH 43326

Riddle Boatworks Inc
Vermilion, OH 44089

Skiff Craft Wood Boats
Plain City, OH 43064

Spectre Powerboats
Bellefontaine, OH 43311

Tartan Yachts (Marine Manufacturing Group, LLC)
Painesville, OH 44077

The Wooden Boat Shop LLC
Batavia, OH 45103


1000 Island Airboats
Marion, WI 54950

AquaCraft ,Inc
Merrill, WI 54452

Bergersen Boat Co.
Lake Geneva, WI 53147

Burger Boat Company
Manitowoc, WI 54220

Carver Yachts
Pulaski, WI 54162

Cruisers Yachts
Oconto, WI 54153

Gale Marine
Galesville, WI 54630

Lake Assualt Boats LLC
Superior, WI 54880

Larson Boats
Pulaski, WI 54162

Melges Performance Sailboats
Zenda, WI 53195

Northport Marine, LLC
Gillett, WI 54124

Reacon Boats
Iola, WI 54945

Shepherd Boats
Lake Geneva, WI 53147

Sierra Boats LLC
Ogdensburg, WI 54962

Team DOTLINE Mengo Industries
Kenosha, WI 53144

TMC, Inc
Barron, WI 54812

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