PITTSBURGH William F. Sullivan, chief executive officer of William F. Sullivan Co. Inc., died April 23 at his home in West Springfield, Mass. He was 85.
Sullivan, who co-founded the Holyoke, Mass.-based company with his brother in 1953, was at the helm for 60 years. He worked from his home during the past year and stayed active in the business, which now has 40 employees and processes 80,000 tons of ferrous and nonferrous scrap each year.
"He was very good with the operations, was a forward thinker and did a lot of things before anyone ever thought of them. He installed a stormwater collection system before anyone thought there would be a need to do it," vice president Brian Powell told AMM. "He treated everyone the same, was a real honest gentleman and we still run it the same way he ran it. He was well-loved."
Sullivan entered the finished steel business in 1975 with the founding of Holyoke-based Sullivan Metals Co. Inc., which distributes new steel, stainless and aluminum.
Funeral services are scheduled for April 26. In lieu of flowers, donations in his memory can be sent to Lorraines Soup Kitchen in Chicopee, Mass.