About Us, Our History and Our Custom Boat Building Background
Hike Metal Products around 1964
Since 1958, and through the early years of our ship building, we enjoyed a modest but steady growth supporting our local fishing industry with new vessels and on-going repairs.
During the late 1970’s and early 80’s we recognized the need to re-define our corporate goals , and the strategies by which we were to achieve those goals. This in part included diversity and expansion of our product range of boats, ships and vessels we could build, including the delivery and after sales service of these for both domestic and global clients. Our facilities were re-structured and up-graded in order to offer our customers the most modern, well equipped and efficient shipbuilding, boatbuilding and repair operation on the Great Lakes. This up-grading resulted in essentially the “re-birth” of the company into the world class boat builder we are known as today. Centrally and strategically located on the north shore of Lake Erie near Detroit USA and Windsor Canada with direct access to the St Lawrence Seaway, we are ideally situated to access key suppliers throughout North America , and also deliver our custom built vessels to customers globally.
With over 180 vessels in service worldwide since 1958, one of our greatest assets today is our team of highly skilled personnel, many having been with the firm since its’ inception, passing down their craftsmanship skills to newer generations. We maintain a “family” of “Master Boat Builders”.
Stressing individual creativity and initiative, we have cultured an attitude of both pride and performance in every new boat or ship built, or repair turned out. This is evident through out each phase of the work process . Our team continues to improve, raising the standard for both quality and value. We have grown to be a manufacturer with one of the largest portfolio’s of rugged, high performance custom built boats, ships and vessels in the world. Our reputation is now internationally renowned for versatility, quality, reliability and competitiveness. We’re proud of our company and the quality vessels we build, but we’re especially proud of our people who build them. The value we have placed on human resources has been a rewarding one, one which we attribute our continuing success.
We eagerly look forward to your inquiries. Whether your planning new construction or in need of a repair or refit, you can be assured of our commitment to integrity and quality in every job we do.