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About G.G. Schmitt & Sons

A family business since its inception in 1951, G.G. Schmitt has forged its worldwide reputation for building high-quality marine hardware through innovative design, Old World craftsmanship and modern technology. This tradition of excellence, handed down from father to sons, dominates operations at our 80,000 sq. ft. headquarters facility in Sarasota, Florida with our new Aluminum Prototype Building on Whitfield Ave. 

The History of GG Schmitt & Sons

1951Gervase G. Schmitt establishes the company in the basement of his family home after Trojan Yacht reaches out for custom parts. Fascinated with the work and devotion of their father, Gervase’s 4 young sons begin learning the ropes.

1958-largeGervase G. Schmitt purchases first GG Schmitt & Sons facility located at Ranck Mill Road, Lancaster PA.

1962-1969 (2)1962-1969

1971Ron Schmitt graduates from University of Baltimore and officially begins working alongside his father and brothers.

1984Gervase G. Schmitt & Ron Schmitt are granted “Method and Apparatus for Connecting Boat Railings” patent.

1989 (2)

1989GGS moves from Ranck location to the new Old Tree Dr Facility in Lancaster, PA. With 65 employees behind them, the new location Becomes the corporate office and heart of GG Schmitt facilities.



GG Schmitt & Sons is granted “Hand Railing and Method of Manufacture” patent.

1995-1997Updated1995-1997 (2)GG Schmitt opens first Sarasota, Florida facility to accommodate the growing amount of boat builders locating to Sarasota. GG Schmitt (Sarasota) purchases Wellcraft’s metalworking equipment, work-in-progress and supplies upon Wellcraft’s liquidation.

1998-1999 (1 updated)

1998-1999GG Schmitt purchases the land for the 15th Street E, Sarasota Facility (formerly orange groves). After much hard work, development planning, and county agreements GG Schmitt breaks ground to begin the construction of the 15th Street E, SRQ facility.

2000GG Schmitt & Sons officially open 15th St E, (SRQ Facility) which remains the largest GG Schmitt & Sons facility to this day.

20032003GG Schmitt & Sons is granted patents for “Adjustable Boat Windshield Support Brace” and “T-Top Apparatus With Built-In Seat for Boats” (better known as the T-Seat).



G.G. Schmitt & Sons receive “Retractable Telescopic Boat Ladder” patent.


20172017Ron Schmitt wins the well-deserved National Marine Representative Association (NMRA) “Mel Barr Award” at the 2017 IBEX Tradeshow. The NMRA describes this award as “recognizing an individual who has contributed to the improvement of the industry,” and they were right! Congratulations Ron!

2019 (2)Patrick Industries, Inc. acquires GG Schmitt & Sons and provides GG Schmitt the ability to grow and develop more than ever. 

Patrick has 62 years of success with 190+ manufacturing & distribution facilities, 70+ growing brands and 8,000+ team members bringing a long-standing history of good business within the Marine, Recreational Vehicles, Manufactured Housing, and Industrial industries.

Patrick Industries is publicly traded and listed on the NASDAQ Global Select Market under the symbol PATK.


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