Strong Man Safety Products founder and president Jay Kinder passed away on June 24, with his wife Elaine by his side. Jay and Elaine founded Strong Man more than 40 years ago out of their garage, growing it into the successful business it is today.
“Jay has been my partner through it all, and his loss is the hardest thing I have ever faced,” says Elaine. “In all aspects of my life, both at home and in business, Jay has been my mentor. His ever-present kindness and respect for others is something I have always admired. My life without my partner will be forever different, but his spirit is something that will live on through me and our family every day.”
Jay’s constant dedication to service and his customers are at the foundation of Strong Man’s success. Jay made Strong Man a cutting-edge company, focusing on the newest technology and highest quality products, while never sacrificing service, a mantra he maintained throughout his entire career.
However, he always credited Elaine as the real source of his success. Elaine stepped in during the early stages of growing the business by overseeing the finances, and today still serves as the Strong Man secretary and treasurer.
The entire Strong Man family is deeply saddened by this loss.
"As our leader for over 40 years, Jay’s presence and guidance are already missed. Strong Man will continue to live on, just as Jay would have wanted. We will carry on his legacy, putting customers first and maintaining a dedication to service and the highest quality materials," a company release states.
Current vice president Rafael Martinez will assume Jay’s role as president. With over 30 years of experience in corporate environments, and years of dedication to Strong Man, Martinez knows the business and is ready to oversee the company’s further success.
“I can’t imagine Strong Man without Jay; from the first day we met, Jay and I had an instant connection, brought together by our love for good food,” says Martinez. “In my years at Strong Man, that connection grew and grew. I’m ready to honor and continue Jay’s legacy at Strong Man, something I am immensely proud to do.”