Born in Columbus, Mississippi, a teenaged E. Gail Mize and his family moved to Chattanooga, Tennessee, where he graduated from Central High School and later majored in engineering and physics at the University of Tennessee of Chattanooga.
Gail worked for Industrial Boiler Co. and CMI Corp where he was chief engineer of the Chattanooga division. In 1972, he was in the original group of five men who formed Astec Industries. Gail was vice president and was a creative engineer who was instrumental in the development of innovative equipment for the asphalt industry.
As Astec grew, Gail served as vice president of engineering for Astec, Inc., executive vice president over sales and marketing for Astec asphalt plants, chief operating officer for Astec, Inc., and—most recently— as vice president of national accounts for Astec Industries, Inc. Across a range of responsibilities, Gail displayed an outgoing, generous spirit that drew people to him personally and professionally.
Gail was known for his insightful vision and personal commitment; he will be missed.
Although Gail passed away earlier this year, his legacy lives on—both as one of the founding members of Astec Industries and for his personal contributions to building a corporate culture renowned for putting customer service first.
In January, chairman of Astec Industries, Inc., Dr. J. Don Brock, noted: “Gail was one of the founders of the company. We grew up as next-door neighbors; we were friends for many years. Gail’s contributions to Astec are immeasurable, particularly in the early years and the growth of the company.”
Gail will be remembered not only as one of Astec Industries’ founders but also as an advocate of the industry’s overall growth. He served the asphalt industry on the National Asphalt Pavement Association (NAPA) Environmental Committee and as chairman of the Construction Industry Manufacturing Association’s Bituminous and Aggregate Equipment Bureau. He served as a liaison chairman covering endeavors of the NAPA and BAEB (Bituminous and Aggregate Equipment Bureau). Gail also served on Association of Equipment Manufacturer’s and American Road and Transportation Builders Association’s board of directors, respectively. In his lifetime, he held 15 United States and foreign patents covering heat transfer and mechanical developments.
Gail is lovingly remembered by his wife of 56 years, Ann Cheek Mize, a daughter, Lisa Mize Tester, four grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren—and his insightful vision, deep knowledge, and personal commitment will be missed by countless Astec coworkers and customers alike.BACK TO ISSUE
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