|Joseph Garske, Founder of Par Aide|
This year we finally made our way north to Lino Lakes to visit Par Aide Products, Inc. The owner of Par Aide, Steve Garske along with Dan Brown, Scott Melling and Mike Hillard were gracious hosts. Par Aide has a long history in the golf industry and you would be hard pressed not to find a Par Aide product on just about every golf course in the world. Steve spent the first hour of our excursion explaining the history of Par Aide and how their business has evolved throughout the years and then gave us an in depth tour of the manufacturing plant. Par Aide was started by his late father, Joseph Garske in the 1950's and has been a leader in the industry ever since.
|Steve Garske showing us a raw cast version of the ballwashers|
|A traditional red Par Aid Ballwasher|
|Assembling ballwashers by hand.|
|Applying a powder coat of red paint to flagsticks|
The majority of all products manufactured by Par Aide is done so right there in their 35,000sqft facility with only a staff of 30 full-time employees. Not a very big facility for a company that has such a global influence in the game of golf. Following our tour we were able to enjoy a nice lunch together. Since Steve is a big race car fanatic and our Mechanic Ken Diethert drag races on the weekends, they really enjoyed the company of each other exchanging race talk for the duration of the lunch. I have to believe this was the highlight for both of these guys :)
Thanks to Steve Garske and the guys at Par Aide for taking the time to show us their facilities. It sure is wonderful having all of these major manufactures in the golf industry right in our back door.