Grand Rapids Awning

Local company offers awning options for outdoor enjoyment

April 12, 2012 // 0 Comments

Grand Rapids Awnings reopened this year, enjoys long, colorful history David Bayne, president of Grand Rapids Awnings and sister company Muskegon Awning & Fabrication, knows how much Michigan residents appreciate our outdoor living spaces and recreation. His company is the largest awning and fabrication business and has been serving homeowners, boat owners and business owners for more than a century. It was around 1890—as the story goes—when an 18-year-old English boy, Horace Schipp, saw a way to make a living by serving both the residents and businesses of Muskegon, Mich. He began repairing feed sacks, harnesses and awnings, and eventually launched a business that would evolve over the years to become Muskegon Awning & Fabrication. Through the end of 19th century, the 20th century and the first decade of the 21st century, the company weathered depressions, recessions, wars and more. Various owners and their families, all as dedicated as the company’s founder, continued to lead and grow the business, expanding services, product lines and facilities to meet the needs of a diversity of customers. Today, Muskegon Awning and Fabrication and sister company Grand Rapids Awnings serve homeowners, boat owners and business owners in Grand Rapids, the Michigan Lakeshore, the state, the region and beyond. “We’ve opened Grand Rapids Awnings in order to be more convenient and accessible to Grand Rapids’ homeowners and business owners,” said Bayne. “For over a century, Muskegon Awning & Fabrication has been serving the region, and we believe we’ve lasted this long because of our commitment to providing our customers with quality products and superior service. As part of that commitment to our Grand Rapids customers, we’ve opened Grand Rapids Awnings.” The business is located at 3150 Plainfield Ave., Suite 1, and is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday; 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesday; 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday; closed on Sunday. The company is the largest fabricator of awnings in the area, employing 14 full-time people. Bayne said most of the employees have been with the company in excess of 15 years. “This is the nice thing about having a number of people on our staff,” Bayne said. “We have more than one person qualified to complete the work. There are technical […]