Company History & Information

History: Mid-Michigan opened it's doors to the public in the summer of 1988 out of Gordon Smith's garage. After being a teacher for seventeen years and being laid off, Gordon thought it was time to go on his own. Gordon was certain he wanted to go into business for himself but at the time was unsure of what he was going to do.

By chance, on a trip to Disney World with his family, Mr. Smith met a gentleman by the name of Ken Deal from Wisconsin who had a successful truck tarp business. Mr. Deal invited Gordon to Wisconsin to take a look at his business and offered to give Gordon advice for his own company.

Soon after his return, Gordon met Tammy Thorpe. At the time Tammy was employed at The Tent & Tarp Shop. After a few meetings Tammy decided to leave The Tent & Tarp Shop and work full-time out of Gordon’s garage. Both Tammy and Gordon worked side by side to build Mid-Michigan Canvas & Awning into a thriving business. Three years later Gordon would purchase land adjacent to the I-75 Expressway where our 10,000 sq ft. manufacturing facility would be built. The new location would not only allow a much larger area for manufacturing truck tarps and would also enable Mid-Michigan to expand into a much larger product line.

In 2008, Tammy and Richelle Thorpe would purchase Mid-Michigan Canvas & Awning from Gordon Smith continuing to provide unparalleled customer support and service to the public.

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