NewAge Industries announces the passing of Raymond E. Baker, who founded the company in 1954. Baker, who was 91 years old, died peacefully at his Florida home on Thursday, January 28, 2010, following a brief illness.
Baker began his business career after serving as a medical technician sergeant in the U.S. army during World War II. He was a successful District Sales Manager for the Singer sewing machine company but found he wanted more challenges. He started NewAge Industries, Inc. and imported hardness testing equipment from Italy. During one of his many business trips to Europe, he came across an interesting new product —braid-reinforced hose. Baker began importing the hose, which he named Nylobrade®, and introduced it to the U.S.
With his strong work ethic and skills, Baker grew both the hardness testing machine and hose sides of his business over the following decades. In 1998 Baker sold the company to his youngest son, Ken, and maintained his position as Chairman of the Board until his death. Today NewAge Industries manufactures plastic tubing and rubber hose for a variety of industries. Its AdvantaPure division targets the pharmaceutical industry with high purity products and RFID devices and technology. The company that Baker built is now a leader in tubing and hose manufacturing, holds several patents, and sells products worldwide.
An avid tennis player into his 90’s, Baker believed in exercising the brain as well as the body. He was an ardent reader and gardener and took great care in eating healthy. His other interests included jogging, walking, volleyball, and skiing, and he was a lifelong member of the Philadelphia Ski Club.Baker was a kind, gentle man who was well liked and respected. He often showed his sense of humor and zest for life. Baker’s many photo albums and scrapbooks of holidays, vacations, and weddings displayed his creativity and love of family. Raymond Baker touched the lives of many in a positive way and will be greatly missed.