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Savannah business to purchase Rozier Ford

Savannah business to purchase Rozier Ford

Savannah business to purchase Rozier Ford

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A business family with Bulloch County roots stretching back into the 1930s will soon acquire another business with a rich local history.

Walter Lewis, the president of J.C. Lewis Ford in Savannah, confirmed Wednesday that his company agreed to purchase Rozier Ford Lincoln, a Statesboro dealership owned by Frank Rozier.

"I got a call from Frank Rozier ... and felt it was a good fit for our organization," he said. "We have to go through the formal process with Ford and it may be two to three weeks before we close the deal."

Repeated efforts to reach Frank Rozier were unsuccessful Wednesday afternoon.

Lewis said inventory may be increased at the Statesboro dealership, but current employees will remain on board. "We would be happy to maintain what these folks have done," he said, adding that Rozier Ford has developed a strong, reputable business.

"This is a very good operation, and very good people," he said.

Expanding inventory, combined with access to inventory at the Savannah site, will provide customers with an increase in products available, Lewis said.

Phyllis Thompson, the president of the Statesboro-Bulloch Chamber of Commerce, said the deal should benefit the community, which has enjoyed a relationship with the Rozier family for some time. She added that Rozier and the business are members of the chamber.

"Statesboro and Bulloch County are viewed as having a welcoming business environment," she said. "We are a regional draw in our area. I am familiar with the excellent business reputations of both organizations (Lewis and Rozier) and am pleased with them both."

She said she expects a positive impact by the deal.
"Frank Rozier has given so much to this business community" and Lewis' presence in the area will be welcomed, she said.

The Lewis family has traces its roots back to Statesboro when Walter Lewis' great uncle, S.W. Lewis, owned a Ford dealership on North Main Street "back in the '30s and '40s," he said.

Actually, S.W. Lewis opened the Ford Motor Company agency in Statesboro in 1923, according to "Statesboro: A Century of Progress," a historical collection published in 1969 by the Bulloch Herald Publishing Company.

According to that source, S.W. Lewis also purchased the Brooklet Motor Company dealership around that time.
He died in 1938, and in 1945 the employees organized a company and purchased from his estate the S.W. Lewis Inc. Ford agency in Statesboro as well as the Brooklet dealership.

In 1957, Frank Rozier's father, F.C. Rozier, along with Sylvester Parrish, bought the Brooklet agency and changed its name back to the Brooklet Motor Company.

Frank Rozier became involved in his father's company and later became owner of Rozier Ford in Statesboro, according to "Statesboro: A Century of Progress."

Holli Deal Bragg may be reached at (912) 489-9414.


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