Ohio’s largest pontoon boat dealer, Atwood Lake Boats Inc., has been sold to Michael Valot of New Philadelphia, whose family has owned the business for 21 years.
Michael, who was a minority shareholder in the company, will acquire ownership of all of the shares from his father, Brian Valot, on October 1. The property includes the two marinas on Lake Atwood including the West Marina and Lighthouse Bistro near Mineral City and the East Marina and Dock Grill near Dellroy.
The property also includes all buildings and equipment and 700 water docks as well as the lease of the marina land with the Muskingum Watershed Conservancy District.
“Our customers will not really notice any difference in our operations,” said Michael. “My father will continue to play a consulting role, and we will continue to focus on providing excellent customer service, making excellent use of our substantial investment in infrastructure, equipment and docks, all of this. aimed at creating a better experience for our customers. “
“Michael has been in the marina since he was able to walk,” Brian said. “He became a full-time employee in 2006 and we started formulating a transition plan in 2012, so he’s fully prepared to be the sole owner.
Atwood Lake Boats was founded in 1963 by Gary Spahr, who sold it to Brian in 2000 after Brian and his wife, Chris, were employed there for many years. Last year, the company ranked 16th on Boating Industry Magazine’s Top 100 North American Maritime Operations list after being regularly named to that list since 2009.
Atwood is a dealer of Barletta, Harris, Sylvan and Rossiter pontoon boats; Mercury, Yamaha and Suzuki outboards; and a large collection of accessories and clothing.
Building a customer base in Atwood Lake and throughout Ohio has enabled their growth to become the state’s largest pontoon boat dealer, as well as the largest boat, parts and rental service. the state. Atwood employs 24 year-round, increasing to 36 during navigation seasons.
The two Valots credit an excellent relationship with the Muskingum Watershed Conservancy District and its continuous park improvement programs for helping to support the success of the business.
“MWCD parks continue to undergo more and more improvements,” said Michael. “They bring more people to the area every year, which has really helped Atwood Lake Boats grow for almost 60 years. Now we believe this will also have a positive influence for us in the years to come. “
To learn more about Atwood Lake Boats, visit www.atwoodlakeboats.com or call West Marina at 330-364-4703.
Submitted by Whitemyer Publicité