H06-1466.20. Grand Craft Boats, LLC. Records, 1987-present. 0.50 linear ft.


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Formerly Grand Craft Corporation (1985-2005), Grand Craft Acquisition, LLC. (2005-2009), and Grand-Craft, LLC (2009-2010). Builders of fine wooden boats under the Grand-Craft name and purchased by personalities such as Robert Redford, Tim Allen, Jennifer Lopez, Kid Rock, and many others. Founded by Steven Northuis in 1979 with his father and grandfather to build replica 1930 Chris-Craft 24-foot triple cockpit runabouts. The company was purchased in 1984 by Richard and Marti Sligh of Holland, Michigan. They moved the business toward building boats almost exclusively. It was purchased by Tim Masek of TMB Industries in May 2005, but Richard and Marti Sligh stayed on to direct the design and marketing aspect of the corporation. TMB Industries ended it ownership of the business in 2009. In 2010, Jeff Cavanaugh purchased the assets of the company and renamed it Grand Craft Boats, LLC, and have continued building fine wooden custom boats. The collection includes business records such as messages from the president, Boat House Mechanics by Dick Sligh, boat show flyers, a business card, business reply card, brochures (n.d, 1987-2008, 2011), newspaper clippings (1987-present), correspondence (1996, 1997, 2003), DVD brochure (2006), Grand Craft Corporation Limited Warranty, mission statement, newsletters (1987-2006) (incomplete), owner testimony letters (1987-1996), photographs (2002, 2013), and a postcard.


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