Long-Lewis Western Star is dedicated to creating mutually beneficial business partnerships with our customers where our products, services, and efforts serve as a critical enabler to their success - organizationally and individually - in their efforts to support the distribution needs of our country; and to build a value based organization which enhances the welfare, well being, and growth of our team members and their families.
In 1887, Mr. William J. Long opened the Cornice & Iron Works in Bessemer, AL. With the success and growth of the company, Mr. Long's Cornice & Iron works grew into the Bessemer Hardware Company. In 1895 Mr. Long and Mr. Lewis merged their hardware stores to form the Long Lewis Hardware Company. With continued growth of the company a new product line was added, the harness and buggy. As the country moved into the automobile era, buggies were replaced with the "Horseless Carriage." Long Lewis Hardware Company was awarded the Ford Franchise by Henry Ford in 1915. Thus Long-Lewis began its ascent into the "Industrial Age" where it has remained in the attack to this day!
In 1986, Mr. Vaughn Burrell became the President/CEO of the Long Lewis Company. Previously, Mr. Burrell had been the General Manager for 22 years. Under his direction, the company was awarded a Sterling Franchise in 1998. Seizing the initiative and realizing the trucking industry was a fast-paced, ever-expanding industry which demanded dedicated professional sales and product support, Mr. Burrell split the Ford car and light truck business from the Medium and Heavy duty truck dealership and established two full service dealerships in Bessemer and Huntsville. The Bessemer facility has undergone, and remains under, renovation with current efforts focused on the Service and Parts facilities.
Starting in the vehicular business after his return from the Korean War, Mr. Burrell has been a driving force by successfully operating and building "Quality First - Customer Always" organizations. Like Bear Bryant, Vince Lombardi and Eddie Robinson, his standards of conduct and character based principles have stood the test of time and consistently built winning organizations and teams.