B.R. Lee, founder of B.R. Lee Industries (LeeBoy) passed away suddenly on May 9 at the age of 69.
Lee and his wife, Nelda, began making pavers in their Charlotte, N.C. garage in 1964. Over the next 36 years, he and his family built the company that today is a leading manufacturer of commercial asphalt paving equipment in the world.
The company's continued success forced them out of their garage and into larger facilities, and eventually to LeeBoy's current 20-acre site in Denver, N.C. In 2000, Lee retired from the family business and sold it to Crescent Capital of Atlanta, Ga. The Lee family still maintains a minority ownership in the business.
Lee's vision and entrepreneurial drive helped him to establish the standard for today's self-propelled commerical size asphalt paver. As his business grew, he broadened the product offering for the preparation, placement and maintaining of asphalt surfaces.
"B.R. was a man of great enthusiasm and drive," said LeeBoy President and COO Kelly Majeskie. "He lived life to the fullest and will be remembered for his guidance to the Lee family and the impact of the LeeBoy mark on thet asphalt industry."