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Chris-Craft Corporation (1939-1989): The Chris-Craft Corporation was based in Algonac, Michigan, and built its second plant, the largest of its kind under one roof at the time, in Holland in 1939. Reasons for building in Holland included the ample supply of woodworkers and lack of labor unions. Located at the corner of Aniline and Douglas avenues, the plant employed up to 700 workers at one time. During World War II they built military craft like the landing craft used on D-Day. After the war they returned to building large wooden cruisers and later fiberglass boats before closing the plant in 1989.

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Cruisers in Production, Chris-Craft Corporation Joint Archives of Holland

From Craft to Industry: The Boat Builders of Holland was an exhibition at the Holland Museum on display from June 14, 2013 through December 30, 2013. Materials for the exhibit were used from both the Joint Archives of Holland and Holland Museum.


From Craft to Industry: The Boat Builders of Holland was underwritten in part by proceeds from an endowed gift to the Holland Historical Trust from The Louis and Helen Padnos Foundation. This exhibition and related programming were made possible by the generous gifts of time, goods and services of Geoffrey Reynolds, Guest Curator; Grand Rapids Public Museum; David Scholten, Firehouse Boat Works; Land and Sea Upholstery; Holland Area Historical Society; The Joint Archives of Holland; Our Brewing Company.


Boat Builders of Holland, Chris Craft, Boating Industry in Michigan, West Michigan Boats, Lake Michigan, Lake Macatawa, Faculty Exhibits, Hope College, Joint Archives of Holland