A Better Boat1971
Lowe was founded in 1971 to build high value aluminum boats and canoes to fit a family's boating needs.
Lowe has been building top-quality boats since 1971 – however, The family heritage in aluminum watercraft goes back much further. Dianna Lowe, co-founder of Lowe Industries, was the daughter of J.B. Appleby, considered by many to be the father of aluminum boating. Dianna and her husband Carl Lowe founded Lowe Line in 1971 in Lebanon, Missouri -- building jon boats and canoes:
"We brought in local people and trained them on-site. We didn't bring many people in from outside the area. An experienced welder shows a beginner the technique after working many hours. The beginner practices–on his own time–by welding scrap metal. When he gets good enough, he goes on the line. Interestingly, boys who had worked at something which requires manual skills–shoeing horses or playing a musical instrument–often made the best welders."
- Carl Lowe, Cofounder Lowe Industries
J.B. Appleby and his son-in-law, Carl Lowe, were in the boat building business together for nearly a decade before Carl started his own company.