Michigan Modern: Design the Shaped America
Plastic Fantastic: The Fiberglass Boatbuilding Industry in Holland, Michigan is a chapter concerning the use of fiberglass reinforced plastic (FRP) to build boats starting in the 1940s. In the 1950s boat builders discovered that fiberglass would allow them to design boats that would lead to new boat sales and increased profit margins for years to come. This technology steadily spread throughout American boat manufacturing plants, including Holland, Michigan, placing the town among the leaders in the industry.
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Repository citation: Reynolds, Geoffrey D., "Plastic Fantastic: The Fiberglass Boatbuilding Industry in Holland, Michigan" (2016). Faculty Publications. Paper 1424.
Published in: Michigan Modern: Design the Shaped America, First ed. October 1, 2016, pages 199-205. Copyright © 2016 Gibbs Smith, Layton, Utah.