Lewis Marine acquired by private equity investor

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Fort Lauderdale-based Lewis Marine Supply, Inc., has been acquired by a Fort Lauderdale private equity investor. An online statement said that the business will continue to operate as Lewis Marine Supply. It will remain in its 85,000 square foot facility on 32nd Street in Fort Lauderdale.

"We look forward to building on the longstanding Lewis Marine legacy of supreme service and customer dedication,” said Chelsea Beyer, its new president, in the statement. “We are making significant investments in inventory and technology to meet our customer needs and re-establish strong growth."

The firm’s previous owners, the Lewis Family Ft. Lauderdale Partnership, had filed for Chapter 11 reorganization in January for businesses connected to Lewis Marine. According to a South Florida Business Journal story on January25, the company planned to reorganize its debts.

Beyer said Lewis Marine Supply will remain a worldwide distributor that works with over 300 manufacturers. It sources more than 20,000 products.