HISTORY & DEVELOPMENT OF RYBA MARINE CONSTRUCTION CO.
Ryba Marine Construction Co. was formed in Cheboygan, Michigan in the late 1930′s when Steve Majestic opened his doors for business under the name Majestic Marine Sales & Service, Inc. He began his operation as a marina for boat repairs and storage, but branched out in the early 1950′s with his son, Don, to include marine construction. The marine construction branch of their company became known as Straits Marine Construction, Inc. While the marina branch continued as Majestic Sales & Service, Inc., Don Majestic was active in the marine construction business for many years doing pile driving and dredging.
In 1982, Straits Marine Construction, Inc. was sold to well-known Mackinac Island businessman, Harry Ryba. Harry teamed up with Tom Morrish and Darrell “Chet” Wallace who had many years of experience in the marine construction industry and together, they expanded the company. They developed full service capabilities enabling them to bid bigger jobs in other cities. Skilled construction professionals continued the traditions of Majestic under the new name, Ryba Marine Construction Co.
Tom Morrish and Chet Wallace purchased Ryba Marine Construction Co. in 1987 from Harry Ryba and another new chapter began for the company. The company incorporated on May 1, 1987 in the State of Michigan under the official name, Morrish Wallace Construction, Inc. d/b/a Ryba Marine Construction Co. Morrish and Wallace have combined marine experience of over 60 years. In 2011, Morrish and Wallace set their eyes on retirement and turned the operations over to Morrish’s son Zac. Zac has worked at Ryba for over 18 years and has been around the family business his entire life. Zac has taken over the role and responsibility of company President and plans to continue the family business in full stride.
Presently, Ryba Marine employs an average of 45 employees and heads multiple crews. Numerous clients include the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, U.S. Coast Guard, State of Michigan, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, many municipalities, utility companies, shipping firms, and many other commercial and private entities. At Ryba Marine there is never any job too big or too small.