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Industry Mourns KTA Executive

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

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The coatings industry is mourning the sudden loss of KTA-Tator Inc. vice president Scott B. Rice, who perished Monday (Sept. 9) in a traffic accident near Pittsburgh.

Mr. Rice, 53, Vice President and Corporate Business Development Manager of Pittsburgh-based KTA, was driving on Interstate 79 early Monday with his wife, Cindy, when dual tires from a truck in the oncoming lane came off the vehicle and slammed into the Rices' car.

Scott and Cindy Rice
Photos: KTA-Tator

KTA-Tator vice president Scott Rice was killed in the crash. His wife, Cindy, Steel Group Business Development/Project Manager for KTA, was injured.

Mr. Rice was killed instantly, according to KTA-Tator officials. Cindy Rice, Steel Group Business Development/Project Manager for KTA, was hospitalized overnight and treated for lacerations.

'Respected Professional, Dear Friend'

"Scott has worked in the coatings industry for over 30 years," said KTA-Tator president Kenneth Trimber.

"Those at KTA who had the pleasure of working with Scott for over 20 years have lost a very dear friend. He was very active in both NACE and SSPC and was a well-known and respected professional.

"He will be sorely missed by all who knew him."

In addition to his wife, Mr. Rice is survived by four children—Rob, Jaimie, Kristyn, and Jon—ranging in age from 21 to 27. The Rices' first grandchild is due in the spring of 2015.

Distinguished Career

Mr. Rice served in a variety of administrative, technical, and management capacities in his decades with KTA. His positions included overall management of the various design- and construction-phase coating consulting and inspection services provided to diverse clients nationwide.

Mr. Rice provided project management, coatings consulting, technical support, and inspection services on various projects involving bridges, locks and dams, tanks, and architectural structures. He was Coatings Group Manager of KTA before his most recent position.

Scott B Rice

KTA-Tator Inc. president Kenneth Trimber said Scott Rice would be "sorely missed by all who knew him." Mr. Rice had been with KTA more than 20 years.

As Vice President of Business Development and Marketing, Mr. Rice was responsible for the company's nationwide business development effort, which included serving as mentor to corporate staff, facilitating multi-disciplinary proposal efforts, and representing KTA at national conferences.

He held a bachelor of science degree in Earth Science from Clarion University of Pennsylvania.

Arrangements and Memories

Arrangements are being handled by the Schellhaas Funeral Home, 5864 Heckert Road, Bakerstown, PA, 15007, 724-443-1505.

Friends and family may call from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday (Sept. 11) and from 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. Friday (Sept. 12). A funeral service will be held at 1:30 p.m. Saturday (Sept. 13) at Bakerstown United Methodist Church, 5760 William Flynn, Gibsonia, PA, 15044, 724-443-3184.

Friends, co-workers and colleagues are invited to post condolences and memories about Mr. Rice at a new memorial page on KTA's website.

In addition, a memorial fund for Mr. Rice's family has been established through PNC Bank. Donations may be made to the Scott B. Rice Family Memorial Fund, c/o KTA-Tator Inc., 115 Technology Drive, Pittsburgh, PA 15275, 412-788-1300.


Tagged categories: KTA-Tator; Marine Coatings; North America; Obituaries; Personnel; Program/Project Management; Protective Coatings

Comment from Sue Howarth, (9/10/2014, 8:25 AM)

how tragic. very sorry for your loss

Comment from Tom Schwerdt, (9/10/2014, 8:58 AM)

I'm having trouble even processing this, Scott was such a presence. My thoughts are with his family.

Comment from Daniel Savage, (9/10/2014, 9:33 AM)

So sorry to hear about this. God’s comfort be with Mr. Rice’s family and his KTA family.

Comment from RICHARD SMITH, (9/10/2014, 5:47 PM)

Scott was a great friend and he will be missed by so many of us. God bless Scott and his family.

Comment from Warren Brand, (9/11/2014, 8:11 PM)

I had the pleasure of speaking with Scott many times over the years and had met him a handful of times. I didn’t know Scott very well, but I do have a story that tells you about the man he was. He and I were at the SSPC show last year, and the owner of a company there tracked me down and ultimately hired me to do some work for him in a business development capacity. I found out later that it was Scott’s kind words of support about me that lead the owner to hire me. I tracked Scott down and thanked him and, he of course, played it off as if it were nothing. The older I get the more I value kindness above most other things. I’m sure Scott was an outstanding, competent professional, but what will stay with me was his kindness. Scott’s sudden and tragic passing is a reminder to me of the importance of being kind and of being grateful for each and every day. I think he would be pleased with these thoughts. My deepest condolences go out to all of those at KTA, his friends and his family.

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