A Chat with Sugarhouse Presidents

April 22, 2021

Our 80th Anniversary Celebration continues with a chat with our current president, Mike Peterson, and SH’s former president, Walt Peterson.  We asked Walt what he thought his dad, and SH founder, would think of celebrating 80 years in business. This is what he shared with us: In 1991, we celebrated the 50th anniversary of Sugar… Read More


Our 80th Anniversary Celebration continues with a chat with our current president, Mike Peterson, and SH’s former president, Walt Peterson. 

We asked Walt what he thought his dad, and SH founder, would think of celebrating 80 years in business. This is what he shared with us:

In 1991, we celebrated the 50th anniversary of Sugar House Awning and Canvas Products.  My father, Walter Peterson Sr. was then 87 years old and I remember talking with him about what an amazing thing it was to see his little startup business reach that milestone.  He worked many long, hard days to keep the business afloat in the early years, and was justifiably proud to see the fruits of his efforts.

To celebrate those 50 years, we ran a large newspaper ad and invited customers and friends to come to celebrate with us.  We were then located in Sugar House, at 2005 South 1100 East, in a 10,000 square foot building.

Fast forward another 30 years and here we are celebrating our 80th anniversary.  The company has re-branded itself as SugarHouse Industries, reflecting the very diverse nature of our goods and services.  I’ve never doubted the business would continue to carry on and even thrive.  The leadership at SugarHouse is very much focused on caring for the employees (SugarHouse family) as well as providing world-class products and service to its customers.  I just couldn’t be any prouder of the company today.

Watch the interview below to hear Walt’s first memory of working at SugarHouse, what it has been like to pass the business on to his son, and other memories of the last 80 years.

SugarHouse Ind. has served its clients in the Intermountain West since 1941. In that time, we have become Utah’s largest provider of awning, boat tops, and specialty canvas covers. After nearly 80 years, our focus is still to provide customers with the highest quality products and the best prices. We remain a family-owned company, and we remain committed to putting a personal touch into everything we do. That’s why we make every product that we offer in our 30,000 ft2 facility in Midvale, Utah.