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Mestek chairman, chief exec John Reed dies aged 97

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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 coiled-metal-processing industries.

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."

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