In 1989 I took over the Dock portion of the business, and began offering additional services as Johnston Metalwork.
Over time adding Steel Frame Stairs, Ornamental Ironwork Fences and Railings, Automated Driveway Gates, and even Floating Docks.
Initially I used the same design, materials, and tooling.
But over the last twenty years I have improved the accuracy, fit, and finish with updated materials and tools.
While the basic Stanchion design has continued to work so well it has never needed improvement.
In the late 90's I was frustrated with the available poorly designed and manufactured ladders and benches.
So I started from scratch to design ergonomic, comfortable, and durable ladders and benches.
The benches were easy but the ladders required a whole new set of processes and tools which I developed and built.
It was quickly apparent that these accessories needed to be painted to really shine.
In 1999 I completed a new Powdercoating system and started painting with the most durable and environmenally friendly process.
Developed for our growing volume of Ladder sales, I soon found side jobs, and Powdercoating became an ancillary venture.
We have since expanded our system with more paint options, better equipment, and greater capabilities.
Specializing in small batching, our lead time and prices are minimal.
Scope of Impact
Docks and Dock Services continue to be our main product line.
We have completed projects all over Northern Michigan and other states as well.
Small lakes, big lakes, Great Lakes, rivers, rocky, sandy, mucky, logs, even silt has been done.
Any scale from small fishing boat access up to large association projects.
All projects are customized using our flexible system, but a few stand apart.
We have a one of a kind floating dock that ice still necessitates removing.
As well as fully permanent installations where the ice flow is minor, but still a threat.