In the 1880s John Gallager was a shoemaker. When that industry became more automated, he couldn't afford to upgrade to the new systems. and it put him out of business. But he knew how to sew canvas, so when a friend asked him if he could make him an awning, so began his new trade.
Fast-forward 130 years. Gallagher Tent and Awning is still serving the midwest through their home base in Madison, Wisconsin. Making it one of Wisconsin’s longest family held companies, running into its fourth generation of ownership. And they are still good at what they do (just awarded the Industrial Fabric Association International’s first place.)