NEW YORK John E. Reed,
chairman and chief executive officer of Mestek Inc., died May
9. He was 97.
Reed spent much of his 75-year
career as chief executive officer of Mestek, which consists of
several dozen operating companies involved in the HVAC,
architectural products, metal-forming and fabricating, and
Stewart Reed, vice chairman and
chief operating officer of the Westfield, Mass.-based company,
described his father as a man who was wholeheartedly dedicated
to his firm. "Mestek was always more than simply a business to
him; it was his life and his creation," he said in a statement.
"It was personal, and he cared deeply at many levels."
John Reed founded Sterling
Radiator Co., where he pioneered hydronic finned-tube
radiation, in 1946. Through a series of acquisitions, he formed
Reed National in 1975, which then merged with Mestek Inc.
Reed was an active participant
in a number of associations, including the Association for
Manufacturing Technology and the Fabricating
Manufacturers Association, which honored him with a
lifetime achievement award.
"Whether in his office or on the shop floor, Mestek was
home. John Reed touched many of us in a profound way; he will
be long remembered," Stewart Reed said. "We can honor his
memory by fulfilling his vision: a world-class American
manufacturing company with a bright future."