Gold Coast Industries
Gold Coast Industries
1961 Jun 28 - Amond, Father and Son, Head New Culver Manufacturing Firm
(picture & underneath) CAPTAIN FRANK E. AMOND
owner and operator of the Lake Maxinkuckee excursion boats for the past 20 years , hasbranched out again in his business i
nterests . He and his super - salesman son , EDDIE AMOND
, one of the few
persons able to swim across the Lake, have formally launched Gold Coast Industries in Culver , manufacturers of aluminum and
"Fiberglas " awnings. A display room of their outstanding product s is located downtown at 110 South Main Street.
Gold Coast Industries Launched Here
Frank Amond takes pride in announcing the expansion of a new Culver business, Gold Coast Industries, manufacturers of aluminum
and fiberglass awnings.
In August of 1960, Mr. Amond purchased the Midwestern franchise from Orion, Inc., of Bay City, Mich. The main office and
factory are located in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
During the past 10 months Mr. Amond has been selling on a wholesale dealer basis throughout the Midwest, along with a
limited retail operation. Now he 'plans to penetrate the retail markets within a 50-mile radius of Culver .
His son, Edward, has recently returned from a 6-month retail training program with Hoosier Homes, Inc., Kitchens, Inc., and
Kohler-Craft Homes, Inc., all of Elwood, Ind.
Local Display Room
A temporary assembly shop has been set up in the Amond Building located at 110 S. Main St. A display room may also be
seen at the street level.
Frederick Warner, president of Gold Coast Industries in Fort Lauderdale, has been in the awning manufacturing; business since
1941 and has operated his own company since 1953. Mr. Warner is a frequent Lake Maxinkuckee visitor, being a half-brother of
George Warner and Mrs. Clyde L. Shively of Culver .
In 1960, Mr. Warner introduced the all new, one-piece, molded fiberglass awning to United States markets. The awning
has g a i n e d pop ularity throughout the South. It is made of the same material and to specifications used in world famous
The aluminum and fiberglass awnings are the modern adjustable folddown type with a tear drop design. They are referred to
as "Hurricane Shutters" throughout the Southland and are engineered to withstand a load test of 45 pounds per square foot.
Frank Amond, popu1arly known as "Captain," arrived in Culver in 1939 and previously worked for 20 years in the variety store
business, gaining experience with Kresge, Murphy, and Newberry stores along the Eastern seaboard.
Frank purchased the Ben Franklin Store in 1939 and later sold it to the present owner, Wilber (Bob) Taylor.
Operates Excursion Boats
Immediately Franik bought the excursion boats at the Culver Park and along with his energetic
wife, Emma, has operated the "Maxinkuckee Cruiser" for the past 20 years.
Mr. and Mrs. Amond plan to continue operating the boats, with their son, Eddie, being sales manager of G.C.I.
They also have a daughter, Joanne, who is now Mrs. Daniel Kennedy and a registered nurse at the Osteopathic Hospital in
South Bend. Mr. Kennedy is a clinical psychologist for the South Bend School system.
Eddie Amond is a graduate of Culver High School, where he participated in varsity athletics. He has a B.S. degree in marketing
and salesmanship from St. Joseph's College at Rensselaer. While in college, he was active in varsity athletics and social
activities, being among other things, secretary of the Debate Society.
Eddie has gained business experience ib y working with Youngstown Sheet and Tube Co. of East Chicago, Kingsbury Ordnance
near LaPorte, Studebaker Packard Corp., National CashRegister Co., Victor Adding Machine Co., and Tiffin Art Metal, all in South
Eddie Amond Sets Record
While at Victor, in September, 1958, Eddie was the 20th top salesman in North America, besides leading, branch salesman for
10 months. He won top honors in May of 1959 with Tiffin Art Metal Co.
In December, 1960, Eddie graduated in the first spot of the South Bend Dale Carnegie Public Speaking and Human Relations
On June 10 he married the former Shirley Drews Tucker of Knox, who will continue to teach this Fall as speech correctionist
in the Culver School system. The new Mrs. Amond attended Ball State, Indiana University, and is a graduate of Valparaiso Universitv.