Norm Sauey Sr., chief executive officer of expanded polystyrene molder Cellox Corp., died June 29 from kidney cancer. He was 80.
``It kind of caught us all unexpectedly,'' said Cellox President Steve Paske, who said Sauey, who lived in Fort Lauderdale, had been full of life and energy. ``He was hard-working and firm, but he was fair. He was kind and decent, humble and generous. He was a man's man who had the Midas tough for picking the right people to run his companies.''
Still, Sauey shunned the limelight and hesitated to take credit for his choices.
``He made it look like anyone could do it when in fact, he was the only one who could do it,'' Paske said.
Sauey began as a tool and die maker when he was 16, making his mark in the plastics industry through several well-known firms, including blow molder and injection molder Flambeau Corp. in Baraboo, Wis., A-1 Tool Corp. of Melrose Park, Ill., Triangle Tool Corp. in Milwaukee and Cellox in Reedsburg, Wis.
``His work was his play and he was very lucky that way,'' Paske said.