Bishop Marine Electric: The Legacy
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In 1963, Luther Lou Bishop, a former member of the United States
Navy, established Bishop Marine Electric, Inc. in Miami, Florida.
Specializing in marine electrical power generation and distribution, Lou
brought a wealth of experience and knowledge to the marine electronic
As the company accelerated at incredible rates over the next 20 years, Lou
involved himself in numerous facets of the marine industry, focusing
particularly on the sales and service of electrical power producing
equipment and water desalinization systems on yachts. He began building
diesel electric plants from 15kW to 30kW and even rewired yachts for
celebrities like Frank Sinatra.
Bishop Marine Electric became one of the first companies ever to build
marine generators with Lima Electric brushless alternators, a breaking
concept in the late 1960s.
First joining the Bishop Marine Electric team as an installer in 1980,
Greg Bishop succeeded his father as president of the company upon his
retirement in 1983. As competition increased, Greg redirected the company
toward the electric side of business.
In 1984, Greg Bishop introduced the Variable Frequency Drive to the marine
industry. Bishop Marine Electric was the first to use this product for
driving AC motors at variable speeds without overloading the motor.
Over the past 20 years, Bishop Marine Electric, Inc has been on the
cutting edge of the technological era of information. Bishop Marine
Electric is currently working side-by-side with Atlas Marine Systems, Inc.
and Alaska Diesel Electric, Inc. to establish capability to monitor all
generator functions via one communications cable.
Today the guiding principles of Lou Bishop continue to guide the company
toward excellence in the marine industry.