John Zofko Jr. took Flying lessons from
(Ernie Hall taught the person who taught Billy Mitchell
how to fly.)
Aircraft Components of Benton Harbor, MI (to the best of our
knowledge) purchased Windshield molds from Heathkit.
1963 Cessna 172D (N2382U) for his private use.
||Great Lakes Aero Products
was Born. The windshield and window
manufacturing division of Aircraft Components of Benton
Harbor, MI. was purchased. In the purchase, we
received some molds, drawings and the basic equipment to
make the parts. Approximately 1000 Sq Ft. of
space was rented at 915 Kearsley Park Blvd in a back room.
||John quit General Motors (Buick) as an Engineer
for the Special
||Great Lakes Aero Products moved to 2412 Davison Rd. This new Building was some 2400 sq ft and it
was "larger than would ever be needed."
the attached building for some extra storage, approximately
1000 extra square feet.
||Purchased the entire 22,000 square foot Building on 915 Kearsley Park
||Moved Offices and Production
back to 915 Kearsley Park Blvd.
||Became incorporated, changed name to Great Lakes Aero Products, Inc.
According to the
production report at GAMA
for new aircraft, Great Lakes Aero Products is the worlds single largest
manufacturer of windshields and windows for NEW aircraft* made from by
independent source. We
currently manufacture windshields and windows for approximately 33%+ of
all NEW Type Certified Non-pressurized Piston aircraft worldwide.
10,000 FAA/PMA parts are now approved for more than 1,000
A small fire broke out in a storage
area of 915 Kearsley Park Blvd Building. This happened
on the Sunday morning prior to leaving for the EAA
Airventure. Fortunately due to a building fire
supressant system the fire was contained to a small area and
the effected area of the building was primarily used as a
storage area for personal artifacts and unused equipment.
There were no dies or molds that were permanently damaged
from the fire. The suspected cause of the fire was
Construction finally complete on restored building.