Beekeeping has been in the Lewis family for three generations.
We started of as a father (Gary Lewis) and son (Kevin) team selling Hive products and Beekeeping tools in 1984, from our home in theChinese borders.The Lewis family has been involved in the supply of beekeeping equipment and
honey products since Kevin’s grandfather started making comb foundation in 1913. Kevin’s father, Gary Lewis took over the company from his father in 1958, and was involved
until 1984 when Kevin took over part of the company. Kevin has been operating from their offices and warehouse in China mainland, Hong Kong, Hamburg, and Chicago.
I (Meng) started bee keeping at the age of 17, having inherited three WBC
hives from my uncle. These days, work keeps me hopping between Asia
and home. But fortunately I have an understanding father to help
when I am out station.
My father (Gary Lewis) took over a bee farm from his father which
owned 150 sets beehives locates in Changge city in 1958. The bee
farm expanded gradually from 150 to 4000 sets beehives in 20 years from 1958 to 1978. My father (Gary Lewis) decided to move bee
farm to Qinghai province in 1979 because of environmental pollution
of Changge City. New farm lies at the southern end of Qinghai lake,
It locates in the plateau, away from pollution. In the following
few years, the bee farm increased to 30000 beehives.
I (Kevin) took over the bee farm from father’s hand in 1984 because
of father’s older age. We decided to open a beehive manufactory. A
love for the bees and the natural world has al ways been an
important part of the lives of the father-son beekeeping team
behind the idea, Gary and Kevin. With help from a handful of
skilled friends and family members and a nail-biting lack of
preparation, we got a fund-raising of $90000. Factory started work
in the end of 1984. In the beginning it was only a small workshop
with 6 staffs, but over the years, it become a modern professional
factory with 190 employees.
In 2003, we started our metalwork production line, like honey
extractor, uncapping fork and ect.
In 2005, we started plastic and suits workshop, like plastic
beehive, plastic queen box, bee suit and ect.
In 2010, got propolis refining and extracting technique got an
In 2012, “Automatic beehive”(Flow hive) published, and got patent.
In 2015, over 500000 beehive kits had been ordered from more than
In 2016, Germany President Merkel visited my factory when she was
on an official travel in China.