May 21, 2013
Mestek Inc., Cleveland, has announced that John E. Reed, chairman of the board and CEO, died May 9, 2013.
Reed began his career with The H. B. Smith Co. after earning his LL.B. degree in 1942 from Northeastern University Law School. In 1946 Reed founded the Sterling Radiator Co. After the acquisition of other climate control companies, the Peterson Roll Feed Co., and the Cooper-Weymouth press feed company, Reed National was formed in 1975 to consolidate these companies and air distribution acquisitions. In 1986 Reed National merged with Mestek Inc.
Reed was an active participant in the Hydronics Institute (now merged into AHRI) and The Better Heating-Cooling Council. He served as chairman of the Hydronics Institute twice and was the first chairman of the Better Heating-Cooling Council. He also supported such national associations as FMA Intl., AMT, and SMACNA.