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.     

CANADA

Connor Industries
Parry Sound, ON P2A 0C6, Canada
www.stanleyboats.ca 

Legend Boats - A Duhamel & Dewar Company
Whitefish, ON P0M 3E0, Canada
www.legendboats.com

INNOVOCEAN Inflatable Boats
Oakville, ON L6L 2X5, Canada
www.innovoceans.com 

Ontario Yachts
Burlington, ON L7L 5L6, Canada
www.facebook.com/OntarioYachts

Rossiter Boats
Markdale, ON N0C 1H0, Canada
www.rossiterboats.com 

INDIANA 

Barletta Boat Company, LLC
Bristol, IN 46507
www.barlettapontoonboats.com

Bennington Pontoon Boats
Elkhart, IN 46514
www.benningtonmarine.com

Forest River Marine
Middlebury, IN 46540
www.forestriverinc.com

Formula Boats
Decatur, IN 46733
www.formulaboats.com

Harris Boats
Fort Wayne, IN 46804
www.harrisboats.com

JC Manufacturing, Inc.
North Webster, IN 46555
www.jcpontoon.com

Misty Harbor Yacht
Bristol, IN 46507
www.mistyharborboats.com

Polar Kraft Boats
Syracuse, IN 46567
www.polarkraft.com

SmokerCraft
New Paris, IN 46553
www.smokercraft.com

Starcraft Marine
New Paris, IN 46553
www.starcraftmarine.com

Sylvan Marine
New Paris, IN 46553
www.sylvanmarine.com

ILLINOIS

Crownline Boats
West Frankfort, IL 62896
www.crownline.com

Lake Holiday Marina
Somonauk, IL 60552
www.lakeholidaymarina.com

MasterCraft Boats of Chicago
Lake Zurich, IL 60047
www.mastercraftboatsofchicago.com

Oquawka Boats & Fabrications Inc.
Oquawka, IL 61469
www.oquawkaboats.com

MICHIGAN

American Pleasure Products
Rose City, MI 48654
www.aquacycleusa.com

Andersen Boat Works
Douglas, MI 49406
www.askiff.com

Avalon Pontoon Boats
Alma, MI 48801
www.avalonpontoons.com

Cherokee Boats
Kaleva, MI 49645

Crest Marine LLC
Owosso, MI 48867
www.crestpontoonboats.com

Dewitt Marine
Bellaire, MI 49615
www.dewittmarine.com

Douglas Marine / Skater Powerboats
Douglas, MI 49406
www.skaterpowerboats.com

Feighner Boat Lifts & Docks
Charlotte, MI 48813
www.1800boatlift.com

Four Winns
Cadillac, MI 49601
www.fourwinns.com

Grand Craft Boats
Holland, MI 49424
www.grandcraft.com

Great Lakes Boatbuilding Company
South Haven, MI 49090
www.greatwoodboats.com

Hinckley Yachts
Harbor Springs, MI 49740
www.hinckleyyachts.com/contact/sales

Inflatable Industries, LLC
Birch Run, MI 48415
www.duxboats.com

Little Bay Boards
Petoskey, MI 49770
www.littlebayboards.com

Manitou Pontoon Boats
Lansing, MI 48906
www.manitoupontoonboats.com

Meyers Boat Co
Adrian, MI 49221
www.meyersboat.com

Midlander Manufacturing/L&M Manufacturing
Hope, MI 48628
www.midlanderhoists.com

Michigan Wheel
Grand Rapids, MI 49507
www.miwheel.com

Nauticraft
Norton Shores, MI 49441
www.nauticraft.com

Nickels Boat Works Inc
Burton, MI 48529

Northwood Boatworks
Alden, MI 49612
www.northwoodboatworks.com

Paddle King, Inc.
Carson City, MI 48811
www.paddleking.com

Scarab Jet Boats
Cadillac, MI 49601
www.scarabjetboats.com/us

Splendor Boats
Silver Lake, IN 46982
www.splendorboats.com

StealthCraft Boats
Baldwin, MI 49304
www.stealthcraftboats.com

Sunsation Products Inc
Algonac, MI 48001
www.sunsationboats.com

Sun Dolphin Boats
Muskegon, MI 49440
www.sundolphin.com

Tahoe Pontoon Boats
Alma, MI 48801
www.tahoepontoons.com

Tiara Yachts  
Holland, MI 49423 
www.tiarayachts.com  

Van Dam Custom Boats
St, Boyne City, MI 49712
www.vandamboats.com

OHIO

Allmand Boats
Cincinnati, OH 45232
www.allmandboats.com

Boat Masters Marine Inc.
Akron, OH 44319\
www.boatmastersmarine.com

Celina Industries
Celina, OH 45822
www.celinaindustries.com 

Checkmate Marine Inc.
Bucyrus, OH 44820
www.checkmatepowerboats.net

Dart Boat Company
Toledo, OH 43604
www.dartboatcompany.com

Duck Water Boats Inc.
New Philadelphia, OH 44663
www.duckwaterboats.com

East Manufacturing Corporation
Randolph, OH 44265
www.eastmfg.com

Golden Giant
Kenton, OH 43326
www.goldengiantmarina.com

Riddle Boatworks Inc
Vermilion, OH 44089
www.riddleboatworks.net

Skiff Craft Wood Boats
Plain City, OH 43064
www.skiffcraft.com

Spectre Powerboats
Bellefontaine, OH 43311
www.spectrepowerboats.com

Tartan Yachts (Marine Manufacturing Group, LLC)
Painesville, OH 44077
www.tartanyachts.com

The Wooden Boat Shop LLC
Batavia, OH 45103
www.woodenboatshop.com

WISCONSIN

1000 Island Airboats
Marion, WI 54950
www.1000islandairboats.com

AquaCraft ,Inc
Merrill, WI 54452
www.aquacraftinc.com

Bergersen Boat Co.
Lake Geneva, WI 53147
www.bergersenboatco.com

Burger Boat Company
Manitowoc, WI 54220
www.burgerboat.com

Carver Yachts
Pulaski, WI 54162
www.carveryachts.com

Cruisers Yachts
Oconto, WI 54153
www.cruisersyachts.com

Gale Marine
Galesville, WI 54630
www.galemarine.com

Lake Assualt Boats LLC
Superior, WI 54880
www.lakeassault.com

Larson Boats
Pulaski, WI 54162
www.larsonboats.com

Melges Performance Sailboats
Zenda, WI 53195
www.melges.com

Northport Marine, LLC
Gillett, WI 54124
www.mirrocraft.com

Reacon Boats
Iola, WI 54945
www.reconboats.com

Shepherd Boats
Lake Geneva, WI 53147
www.shepherdboatco.com

Sierra Boats LLC
Ogdensburg, WI 54962
www.sierraboats.com

Team DOTLINE Mengo Industries
Kenosha, WI 53144
www.driftermarine.com

TMC, Inc
Barron, WI 54812
www.pontoonfactory.com

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