Southampton, PA NewAge Industries announces the passing of Raymond E. Baker, who founded the company in 1954. Baker, who was 91 years old, died peacefully at his Florida home on Thursday, January 28, 2010, following a brief illness.
Baker began his business career after serving as a medical technician sergeant in the U.S. army during World War II. He was a successful District Sales Manager for the Singer sewing machine company but found he wanted more challenges. He started NewAge Industries, Inc. and imported hardness testing equipment from Italy. During one of his many business trips to Europe, he came across an interesting new product braid-reinforced PVC hose. Baker began importing the hose, which he named Nylobrade®, and introduced it to the U.S.
With his strong work ethic and skills, Baker grew both the hardness testing machine and hose sides of his business over the following decades. In 1998 Baker sold the company to his youngest son, Ken, and maintained his position as Chairman of the Board until his death. Today NewAge Industries manufactures plastic tubing and rubber hose for a variety of industries. Its AdvantaPure division targets the pharmaceutical industry with high purity products and RFID devices and technology. The company that Baker built is now a leader in tubing and hose manufacturing, holds several patents, and sells products worldwide.
An avid tennis player into his 90’s, Baker believed in exercising the brain as well as the body. He was an ardent reader and gardener and took great care in eating healthy. His other interests included jogging, walking, volleyball, and skiing, and he was a lifelong member of the Philadelphia Ski Club.
Baker was a kind, gentle man who was well liked and respected. He often showed his sense of humor and zest for life. Baker’s many photo albums and scrapbooks of holidays, vacations, and weddings displayed his creativity and love of family. Raymond Baker touched the lives of many in a positive way and will be greatly missed.
From NewAge Industries, Inc., 145 James Way, Southampton, PA 18966; phone 800-50-NEWAGE (800-506-3924) or 215-526-2300; fax 800-837-1856 or 215-526-2190; e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
About NewAge Industries and AdvantaPure®
In business since 1954, NewAge Industries manufactures and fabricates thermoplastic and thermoset tubing and hose. The company offers one of the broadest product lines of tubing, hose, and fittings in the U.S., and its custom extrusion and fabrication services are unrivaled. NewAge Industries maintains an inventory of over ten million feet of tubing and hose and prides itself on same-day shipment of 98% of orders for its core product lines. In 2006, NewAge initiated an ESOP (Employee Stock Ownership Plan) for the benefit of both its employees and customers.
The AdvantaPure division of NewAge Industries specializes in clean products for the pharmaceutical, biomedical, food, beverage, chemical, and cosmetic industries. All products are manufactured, stored, and shipped using the cleanest methods possible to ensure unsurpassed product purity.