• Mon - Th: 8am - 5pm, Fri: 8am-3pm
  • 995 Utah Street, Berwick, La. 70342
  • 985-385-3310

History of Hanko’s Metal Works

Hanko’s Metal Works is a family owned & operated business based in Berwick, La. Started in 1985 by Harry “Hanko” Hoffpauir, we have served the marine industry for 27 years and still going strong.

While working as a yard superintendent overseeeing the construciton of offshore platforms and other major projects, Hanko decided to build himself an aluminum boat. After completion, his first boat drew so much attention and offers to buy, he sold it. While building his second boat for himself, word was beginning to spread about Hanko’s aluminum boat. Soon people from all around were getting in line to have him build an aluminum boat for them. Hanko then realized he had a passion for building aluminum boats for others.

Despite a local economic depression, Hanko took a big risk by putting everything on the line to turn his passion into a full time business. It started off with two employees and has grown to over 35 employees. Hanko’s two sons Hanko and Heath always helped around the shop in the early days and have since joined their father’s side at Hanko’s Metal Works.

To date, Hanko’s Metal Works, Inc. has thousands of customers throughout the USA and internationally. Hanko’s also developed some of the first oilfield gauging boats, vee barges, high perfomance fishing and family boats. Our product line is used daily in the real world by real people. We have re-powered most of our products many times over. Boats built in the mid-80’s are still in use today. We are the #1 aluminum boat builder in Louisiana. Just ask around! Satisfaction is guaranteed!