Member Spotlight: Big Rays
The Big Ray’s story begins in the 1940s as World War II made its way to Alaska. Glenn Miller and Howard Cruver started outfitting Alaskans with military surplus cold weather gear including boots, pants and parkas. The partners ran the business until 1988 when they sold the business to their sons Mike Miller, Mark Cruver and friend and employee, Monty Rostad.
Under new ownership, Big Ray’s continued to invest in Alaska and grew with the mining, oil, construction and fishing industries. Success has been attributed to listening to our customers and outfitting Alaskan workers in quality brands that work. Big Ray’s has been working for Alaska through statehood, the great Alaskan earthquake of 1964, the discovery of oil on the Kenai Peninsula and in the arctic at Prudhoe Bay and the construction of the Trans-Alaskan Pipeline. Big Ray’s has stayed committed to outfitting Alaskans across the state.
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