History
Schmidt Boat Lifts & Docks is a family owned and operated company that has been working with waterfront equipment since 1986.  We strive to provide a large selection of quality products, reasonable prices, and good service provided by qualified, dedicated staff.  If this is what you are looking for, then you’ve come to the right place.

In 1972, Dennis & Linda Schmidt purchased Jacobs Barn Equipment from Linda’s father, Wally.  It was renamed Schmidt Barn Equipment and was operated out of Dennis and Linda’s home for several years.  The company grew rapidly through the 70’s, and many of the first employees are with the company still today.  As the farm industry changed, the company was renamed in the 80’s to Schmidt Buildings & Equipment to better describe the many different services offered.  Schmidt Buildings & Equipment specializes in agricultural equipment, construction, concrete work, and welding fabrication.  It was through the welding shop that Schmidt Boat Lifts & Docks was born.


In 1986, after having not visited their family cottage for several weeks, Dennis and Linda went there to find their boat full of water.  By the following weekend, Dennis’s brother, Lyle, had welded the first “Easy Way” boat lift.  The following year the neighbor asked about a lift, and the welding shop fabricated two units for sale.  The boat lift business continued to grow, and we began working with Hewitt Roll-A-Docks and Lifts, RGC manufacturing, and Eklof docks – all companies that you will still find in our showroom today.  Through the years we have found that no one manufacturer can manufacture equipment for every need.  Therefore we have added many more well- known manufacturers like Pier Pleasure, Porta-Dock, and Floe.  We have continued to always watch for better equipment and superior ways of doing things to make things easier for you, our customers. 


In 1998, both the farm business and the waterfront equipment business had grown enough that more space was needed.  Dennis and Linda purchased land and built the location on Highway 41 in Kaukauna.  This provided a badly needed indoor showroom for the boat lift business along with another growing division of Schmidt Inc., Schmidt Fence and Deck.  In 1999, Schmidt Boat Lifts & Docks was incorporated.  Since that time, several additions to the 41 location have allowed us to now hold the largest inventory of waterfront equipment in the area.  We also have an onsite welding shop, punch presses, and a cnc custom fence router. 

After working in the company since childhood, Dennis and Linda’s sons, Andy and Neal, began working into ownership in 2004.  Andy works as general manager of all three companies along with some sales, and Neal works as sales and showroom manager for Schmidt Boat Lifts & Docks.   


In 2008, Andy and Neal purchased land for Schmidt Boat Lifts & Dock’s Lakewood showroom and set up a display there.  In 2009, the new building was built, and the Lakewood location was opened as a seasonal sales office and pick-up point.  With our family cottage being in that area, we felt that it was a good place to expand to further assist our customers in that area.  With this new facility, we are even more committed to the boat lift and dock business, and to you, our valued customer.


In 2013, Andy and Neal purchased land for Schmidt Boat Lifts & Dock's Waupaca showroom.  This store opened in March of 2014.


From 2004 through 2015, Schmidt Boat Lifts & Docks has been the Nation’s Largest Hewitt Dealer.  We have been in the top ten RGC dealers, and the top 10 Paddle King dealers.  In order to service our customers better, Schmidt Boat Lifts & Docks operates a mobile barge service, three jon boats, an atv, portable welders, and several stocked crew trucks.  In addition, we use all of our own staff that are fully insured, and highly qualified.  We have eleven people on our crews, with an average of 7.5 years of experience.  We offer annual installation and removal services for those who have purchased equipment here.