Our Story
When Frederick D. Lake founded the F. D. Lake Machinery Co. in 1948, it is unlikely that he could have imagined that it would not just survive, but flourish into the next century, becoming one of the largest distributors and fabricators of rigging and lifting products in the state of Michigan. Begun as a broad range construction and mill supply, the company grew to represent over 150 product lines. Fred was joined, and later succeeded by his son, Morton Lake.

By 1971, Mort was ready to retire. His son, Jack, had other interests, so Mort approached, and subsequently sold the business to, his friend and supplier, Stan Carlsen. Stan, a former regional representative of the Wire Rope Corporation of America, was founder of All-Types Rope and Sling Products - a Chicago rigging house which provided lifting slings to F. D. Lake.

At the time, there were a number of industrial supply houses serving western Michigan, but the only true rigging house was in Detroit. Stan envisioned a brighter future for F. D. Lake as a specialty rigging house. The business took a new direction.

Initially, all lifting slings were supplied by All-Types. As the business grew, fabricating and warehousing capabilities were expanded to allow F. D. Lake to fabricate slings in Grand Rapids. In 1976, having outgrown its 36th St. location, Stan's daughter, Caryl, and his son-in-law, Walt, bought the land on Lousma Drive at the corner of Roger B. Chaffee Blvd., where the family business thrives today.

Since 1984, Caryl has owned and been actively involved in the business. She credits President and General Manager, Mike Posey, and the dedicated F.D. Lake staff with it's continuing success.
All of us, management and staff, thank you, our valued customer, for your business and support. We hope to continue servicing your rigging needs now and for many years to come.
Our Goal
Our goal is to use our knowledge and experience to help you find effective, innovative solutions for your rigging or material handling problems. We are determined to provide exceptional value and quality in the products and services we offer. We will continue to stay up-to-date on the latest technology and safety regulations. Our expertise, resources and prompt, friendly service distinguish us as an excellent source for the equipment and supplies you need.
We want you to be safe.
We you to be profitable.
We want to help you do it economically.
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Shipping expenses will be charged from the point of origin. A penalty of 1.5 % per month will be added to all past due accounts. Cash or anticipation discounts are not allowed. Prices are subject to change without notice. We reserve the right to bill at prices in effect at the time of shipment. Prices do not include sales, use, excise, or similar taxes, all of which shall be paid by the purchaser.
Warranty / Liability
Fabricated Products
F.D. Lake warranties the products it fabricates for commercial and industrial use to be free from defects in materials and workmanship for 90 days from the date of purchase. At its option, F.D. Lake will repair, replace or refund the purchase price of any product which fails to conform with this warranty under normal conditions of use and service.
Distributed Products
All statistical information contained in this web site or our printed materials, pertaining to strength and proper working loads of material, tools, or devices is derived from tables supplied by the manufacturers of those products and is reprinted by us for the convenience of the buyer. We assume no responsibility by this reprint and pass along only such warranties for products supplied to us as the manufacturers of those products extend.
There are no implied warranties of merchantability or fitness. In no event shall F.D. Lake be liable for incidental or consequential damage. We will in no case accept responsibility for the results of products misused or used under improper working conditions. Liability in all events is limited to, and shall not exceed, the purchase price paid.
Returns & Exchanges
An authorization number must be issued by our office for all returns. Credit will not be issued for custom built items. Only unused, stock items with a purchase date of six (6) months or less will be considered for return. Authorized returns will be credited at cost less a 15% restocking charge. All returns must be shipped to F.D. Lake freight prepaid. Any supplier charges resulting from the cancellation of an order placed by F.D. Lake on behalf a customer will be billed to that customer.
Shortages & Damaged Goods
Claims for shortages or errors in delivery must be made within two (2) days after receipt of goods. From the time goods are transferred to a carrier, all risk of damage to those goods shall be upon the purchaser and the carrier. All damage claims must be made to the carrier by the purchaser. F.D. Lake will assist where practical in securing satisfactory adjustment of those claims.
Additional Products
Information on product models or styles not shown in this catalog, additional product specifications, and manufacturer's catalogs are available on request from our customer service department.
We represent over 150 manufacturers of rigging, material handling, and fall protection related products. Even if you don't see the item you're looking for in our catalog or on our site, we may still have it in stock, or be able to locate it for you. Give us a call. We'll be happy to try and help you find it.
Product dimensions and specifications are subject to change without notice.
616-241-5639 800-442-9189 Fax 616-241-5638
3313 Lousma Dr. SE   Grand Rapids, Michigan 49548
© 2001 F. D. Lake Co.    Additional art used by permission.

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