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Our History

Jacobi-Lewis Company has evolved into a leader in the food service industry. We pride ourselves on remaining ahead of the trend on the many new products and directions developing in this exciting field. Over the years we have gathered a winning team and believe that it is the people who make the company successful. Our showrooms are staffed by knowledgeable, courteous people; our outside sales-people are available to assist you at your place of business (in most areas), and our experienced design department is outfitted with the latest CAD (Computer Aided Design) equipment to help with your project. From office personnel to equipment deliverers, we' ll get the job done.

Where it all started:

Founded in the 1940' s by David Jacobi, our company started out as a hardware store. During the 1950' s French Lewis, a salesman for a hardware distributor, decided to join the company and moved his family from Elizabethtown, NC. Within a few years the partners decided to change the focus of the business. There just wasn't anybody selling restaurant equipment in the area and David and French saw a need for it. By the 1960' s the only general hardware being sold was paint. " That was a mistake." Recalls Greg Lewis, President of Jacobi-Lewis. " There was all of the mixing and the mess. And if I didn't get the top on just right, I spent the rest of the day cleaning up my mistake."

Greg Lewis started working at Jacobi-Lewis in the fabrication division, making counters, shelves and other metal products. From there he moved into sales- calling on schools, restaurants, stores, military posts and other prospective clients. The sales experience has enabled Greg to help others choose what they really need for their kitchens. " We can' t sell you a steamer and expect you to cook bacon and eggs in it." comments Greg.

The 1980' s brought expansion to the company when a second location in Greensboro was acquired. The Greensboro and Wilmington locations both have showrooms, custom work areas, and warehouse facilities.

As Jacobi-Lewis heads into the 21st century, we are proud of our continuing relationship with NAFED (National Association of Food Equipment Dealers). NAFED is one of the industries largest multi-million-dollar buying groups, and our alliance with them translates into large volume discounts from the manufacturers which are passed on to you, our customer.

-Adapted from an Star News article

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