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Boat Dock Works celebrates 20 years on Lanier

By Pamela A. Keene
 
Growing up on Lake Lanier, Gainesville native Brad Wiegand has always loved the water. Twenty years ago he turned that love into a successful career. 
 
“After I graduated from North Georgia College in 1999 with a business degree, I  realized that I had an interest in marine structures, docks and marinas,” Wiegand said. “With several years of dock repairs and a few new construction projects, and soon I became a certified welder and the business just continued to grow.” 
 
By 2005, he expanded Boat Dock Works to provide shoreline erosion control and installing rip rap. “We got a couple of barges and now we are a 20-employee company. We couldn’t have grown and been as successful as we’ve been without them.” The company also builds sea walls and shoreline steps, does dredging, and offers jet-ski ports, boat lifts as well as other dock accessories. 
 
Wiegand is quick to point out that the success of Boat Dock Works is the result of many people’s hard work. “The company wouldn’t be where it is today without the great employees over the years and the customers who have believed in us. Our business has been based on referrals and word of mouth, and that’s the best kind of advertising there is.”
 
Additionally, Wiegand and his company contribute heavily to improving and protecting the lake and its resources.  “For many years, we’ve supported the Lake Lanier Association and Shore Sweep, helping remove tons of trash and debris from the lake,” he said. “Giving back and supporting organizations around the lake is good for everyone.”
 
The company also partners with the Lake Lanier Olympic venue, recently rebuilding the starter gate system for the facility. “We have been responsible for installing, operating and maintaining the system for major events, include the Pan Am Games and other high-visibility events,” Wiegand said. “We are really proud to be associated with the venue. The system is one of the few in the nation and it keeps Lanier in the forefront as one of the world’s premier destinations for competitions.” 
 
Recent projects included rebuilding the Chattahoochee Country Club marina, sea wall construction at Longwood Park for the City of Gainesville, and major upgrades at Lanier Islands.
 
Wiegand admits that docks, boating and the lake has changed since he started Boat Dock Works.
“Docks have evolved on Lake Lanier over the years,” he said. “Back in the ’60s and ’70s, docks were typically built good and heavy, then lighter materials became available and were more efficient to build. Now with the dynamics of the lake, bigger boats and the larger waves from wake- and surf-boating, and unpredictable weather patterns and water levels, we’re getting back to heavier structures.” 
 
Boat Dock Works is located at 327 High Street in downtown Gainesville in a 10,000-square-foot building. The facility includes his fabrication shop and offices. The website is boatdockworks.com. “I love this lake, both working here and playing here,” he said. “Lake Lanier is a gem and we need to protect it.”

Posted online 11.25.19 
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