In 1952 three brothers emigrated from Europe, bringing with them the upholstery trade.
In 1957 they opened their own furniture manufacturing plant named Klemm Brothers
Upholstery and Furniture here in Bay City, at one point having up to 30 employees.
In 1968 it changed to Luxury Upholstery, downsizing to less than 10 employees.
upholsterers in the surrounding area came to us to buy from our large supply
inventory. Within 10 years the transition from upholstery to wholesale ensued, and
in 1978 Great Lakes Fabrics came to be. The second generation was brought into the
business in 1985. Having been around upholstery all their lives, each has an
abundance of upholstery knowledge to help answer our customers inquiries. Since it's
inception Great Lakes Fabrics, Inc has enjoyed steady growth, expanding its customer base
to include more of the Midwest. Now today with the Internet and the ability to post
complete and updated catalogs at all times, it's time to present our company
We pride ourselves on our fast and friendly customer service.
Thank you for taking the time to look us over,
we look forward to hearing from you.
Irma and Joe Klemm, Founders.
You'll never find better.
and Irma, Mom and Dad,
the boss and THE BOSS!
These two are the people that made all this possible.
Without their perseverance, guidance and yes, lots of sweat,
none of this would be possible!
If you'd like to see what Joe has been up to since
retirement Click Here