B & E Marine
Ronald Bensz and Roland Evett founded B&E Marine in 1953, working first from Evett's basement. Both men shared a passion for the water, Bensz as a hydroplane racer and engine mechanic. By the spring of 1954, they leased a parcel of land on Trail Creek, a canal adjacent to Lake Michigan and built a 560 square foot building and that is now part of B&E Marine's continuously growing complex in Michigan City, Indiana. Today B&E employs 35 full-time and a number of seasonal workers expanding to 10 buildings covering 100,000 square feet, two hoists, two ramps, two fuel docks and 70 permanent slips.Their commitment to community is strong, with B&E Marine donating the use of a boat to Catholic Charities and Michiana Resources for fund raising efforts. Rodney Bensz serves as a board member of the Michigan City Rotary Club and is actively involved in Countryside Church. Barry Bensz has served as president of the Michigan City Urban Enterprise Association, Chamber of Commerce board member, President and board member of a LaPorte County 4-H committee and Senior Leader of a LaPorte County 4-H Club.Civic pride and commitment to excellence is an ideal embraced by the men and women who are long-time employees of B&E Marine. Their ideas and steadfast devotion to making Michigan City and LaPorte County the best community in the country is what will help guide B&E Marine as the company embarks on its next 55 years in business.