Edward R. Jay, a pioneer in the field of electric heat for the asphalt industry, passed away peacefully January 21 in Seattle, WA.
Born in Nebraska in 1925, Jay moved to Seattle in 1939. He and Jackie, his wife of 64 years, began their business careers in the late 1950s at Process Company, which began operations in 1947, in Seattle. Jay and his partner, Rudy Hentz, were the inventors of a new patented electrical element that became the mainstay of both Process Heating Co. heaters and the industry as a whole.
Ed retired in 1990 to Whidbey Island, WA, turning the company over to sons Ron and Rick.