PVC building products veteran Jeffrey Nesbitt died June 22 at age 70.
Nesbitt, a native of Akron, Ohio, spent a large portion of his career with GAF Materials Corp. of Wayne, N.J. He also worked for Armstrong World Industries and in 2007 helped form Sensibuilt Building Solutions LLC, a maker of cellular PVC building products in Bloomfield, Conn. Sensibuilt later merged with Fiber Composites LLC of New London, N.C.
Nesbitt, a graduate of Stanford University in Palo Alto, Calif., held seven patents in PVC building products and was credited with developing a flax-reinforced cellular PVC technology now owned by Azek Building Products Inc. of Moosic, Pa.
He also was involved in the construction of several vinyl-siding plants in the 1970s and 1980s. Recently, he was a partner in IPT Proguard, a Lancaster, Pa., supplier of ultraviolet-light-curable coating for architectural exteriors.
Long-time colleague Crail Gordon described Nesbitt as “a tremendous man in all attributes and aspects.”
“Jeff's foresight and fortitude were second to none,” Gordon said in an email. “And the [products] he has patented or just wanted to help with have had tremendous impacts globally.”
Nesbitt was “a real leader in the PVC industry … [and] was an innovator from the very beginning,” said Sylvia Moore, technical development director for PVC maker Shintech Inc. in Houston.
A resident of Lititz, Nesbitt is survived by his wife, Susan. His family has requested that any donations be made in his name to the American Heart Association in Lancaster, Pa.