Gator's Crystal Morris with Levy's Leathers' Dennis and Danica Levy.

Gator Acquires Levy's Leathers

Gator Cases has acquired Levy's Leathers. Gator, a multi-segmented accessories manufacturer, and Levy's, a manufacturer of leather guitar straps and accessories, announced the deal on Jan. 24.

Levy's will continue to manufacture leather goods in Canada, and Gator will continue to be headquartered in the U.S., manufacturing rotomolded plastics and custom flight cases in Indiana. Gator officials said the company's expertise in product development, combined with offshore manufacturing facilities, will factor in to the increased efficiencies of both companies.

"Levy's Leathers has been my life and passion since I started it 45 years ago," said Dennis Levy, company founder. "After all these years when the time came to sell, it was an emotional decision. Gator Cases, and particularly [CEO] Crystal Morris herself, made that tough decision easier. With Gator, these customers, employees and the Levy's brand are in the best of hands. Of this I'm 100 percent confident."