Starting as an Engineering Trainee in 1960, Lew worked in positions of increasing responsibility at Levi Straus until he became Director of Engineering for the Youthware Division. He designed and started fourteen new production plants and coordinated eight major plant expansions, resulting in a doubling of production capacity and realizing an annual cost savings of over $2,400,000.
At Big "D" Sewing Machine Company, Lew served as President and General Manager until 1981, where he slashed receivables by $50,000, cut aged receivables over 60 days from 51% to 15%, and raised sales from $7,000 per month to over $120,000 per month.
As the Vice President of Engineering Services at Hathaway Shirts/Division of Warnaco, Inc. from 1982-1984, Lew developed and improved the effectiveness of the Industrial Engineering Group, implementing profit improvement projects that resulted in yields of over $400,000 annually. He also implemented a re-engineering program at the New York Neckware facility, yielding in excess of $350,000 annually.
Lew acquired Frontier Distributers in 1984, where he serves as President and General Manager. Sales have increased substantially, and the latest manufacturing machines have been installed. Lew has transformed the Company from a pure distribution operation to a manufacturing/distribution operation. The Company delivers quality products in half the time of its major competitors.
Frontier Distributers acquired Phillocraft, Inc. in 2004.