The History of Otter Creek Awnings, Sunrooms & Custom Closets
The Early Years 1976-1980
1976: Max Eaton, a Middlebury, VT native and Middlebury College graduate, founded Otter Creek Awnings in the basement of the Eaton’s home.
1977: With a 4’ x 6’ sheet of plywood on two sawhorses, $250 in his pocket, two Singer sewing machines, and a small credit with a distributor of awning fabric and supplies, Max Eaton was in business. His sister Nancy is pictured here sewing in the Eaton family’s basement.
1979: Max’s brother Tim Eaton joined Max in 1977 to help grow the business.
The Growing Years: 1980’s – 1990’s
1981: One of Otter Creek’s first facilities in Middlebury.
1984: In 1984 Otter Creek transitions into a larger facility on Exchange Street in Middlebury and later expands the welding facility and office space. The commercial manufacturing division remains nearby to this location today, on Pond Road in Middlebury.
1985: Increasing new business through trade shows and professional associations is an integral part of our growth in the 1980’s.
1994: In 1994 Otter Creek introduces the 3-Season Patio Room, which proves to be a success story from the start. Elizabeth Warren, the original “Patio Room Lady”, is shown here with one of her early sunroom design projects.
Recent History 1997 to the Present
1997: In 1997 Otter Creek expands to Williston with a 5,000 square foot showroom to serve Chittenden County.
2002: Due to popular demand, the Extended-Season sunroom follows the 3-Season Patio Room in 2002, allowing year-round comfort and design.
2005: In 2005 Otter creek launches custom closets to complement our line of high-end home improvement products.
2007: In 2007 Otter Creek’s custom closet division participates in a nationally televised charitable effort on behalf of a Vermont family.
2008: Todd Warren, President of Otter Creek since 1997 and Vermont native, and Elizabeth Warren, the original “Patio Room Lady” become the new owners of Otter Creek.
Today: Our customers help shape and strengthen our mission every day. Our Mission is: to provide exceptional products and impeccable service in a fun, friendly and professional way that our customers will remember.