Coating Industry Loses a Leader
"A consummate professional with a big warm heart" is just one of the tributes being paid to Scott B. Rice, a KTA-Tator Inc. vice president who was killed Monday (Sept. 9) in an automobile crash near Pittsburgh, PA.
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.
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.
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.
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. today (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.
Tributes posted on that page recall Mr. Rice as a "wonderful boss, a great friend and teacher" and a "consummate professional with a big warm heart." Another said of the Rices: "You would be hard pressed to find two more positive and outgoing people."
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.