Our History

In the 40’s, Emanuel Bolduc began an auto trim & upholstery shop with just a sewing machine and determination in West Hartford, Connecticut called Bolduc Auto Upholstery. 

As time went on, his son Ted would come to work with him and one day purchase the struggling business with his wife Barbara.

The year was 1984, and amidst pressures from corporate expansion around his small shop on Park Avenue in West Hartford,, Bolduc Auto Upholstery’s principal owners opted to move their operation to a small town in Florida called Vero Beach. 

Purchasing a local auto trim business by the name of Robert’s of Vero, the second generation owner of Bolduc Auto Upholstery, now with 2 children, settled in to the small town of Vero. Over the first several years the name was changed to Atlantic Auto Trim & Glass, Inc and the product & service offerings grew from Bolduc Auto upholstery’s modest line to now include shade sails, pergolas, marine canvas, fabrication and upholstery.  2001 brought back their oldest son, Jeff, to help with growth potential in the sprouting town of Vero Beach.

Today, as the third generation owner, Jeff continues to be sure that the products and services offered covers a wide range of fabrication needs including fixed/retractable awnings and tension/shade structures to complete marine & contract upholstery and canvas fabrication as well as the original line of automotive trim, convertible tops and custom interiors. Much has changed over the last 60 years since the beginnings of Atlantic, but the continued focus on customer service and providing a top notch product has not.

We are thankful to all of our loyal clients since 1984 in Vero Beach. For those who have yet to visit, we invite you to experience the difference that has not only stood the test of time, but has grown over three generations.

Thread Selection: Only as Strong as the Weakest Link

Thread is the most important aspect of any marine, awning, drop screen or shade sail project as it has to endure the harsh Florida sun day in and day out for many, many years. Too many times, canvas shops opt to cut costs by utilizing a sub-par thread only to have the project needing to be re-stitched after only a few years. With today’s fabrics engineered to last up to 10 years, the choice is clear: Use a thread that is guaranteed to last in writing. SolarFix® PTFE thread will not lose any significant strength due to UV or chemical exposure, unlike conventional polyester, nylon and cotton products. See below for a 5-year comparison chart. SolarFix® is the thread of choice for all of our canvas covers, biminis, dodgers, roll-up curtains, shade sails and awnings.

thread selection

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