Michigan’s Walstrom Marine announced the acquisition of Grand Bay Marine as part of its ongoing effort to expand its operations across the Great Lakes region. Founded in 1997, Grand Bay Marine is owned and operated by Liz Carney and her family. With locations in Traverse City and Charlevoix, Grand Bay Marine has positioned itself as the country’s largest retailer of the Regal Boat brand.
Carney and her husband, Kevin, will assist in the ownership transition. Their daughter, Rachael Milliman, will serve as general manager of the Grand Bay Marine Traverse City location. Tom Ervin, president of Walstrom Marine, will oversee the overall Grand Bay Marine business. Grand Bay Marine’s 38 employees will remain with the organization post-acquisition.
In addition to being a boat retailer, Grand Bay is a full-service marine dealership offering service, storage, parts and pro-shop gear from its showroom. Grand Bay focuses on premium sporting boats and offers a wide range of brands, from Regal and Starcraft to Godfrey, Bayliner, Robalo and Berkshire. Grand Bay Marine also offers heated and cold indoor and outside storage during the winter months.