ABINGTON, Pa. (May 7, 2003) — Frederick J. Presti, 76, founder and former president of Presti Rubber Products Inc., died April 27 at a hospital in Abington.
A native of the Baltimore, Md., area, Mr. Presti served in the Navy during World War II, then earned a bachelor's degree from the Eastern College of Commerce and Law, which later merged with the University of Baltimore.
After a long career in the rubber and plastics industries—including a stint in the 1960s as plant manager of Carlisle Tire & Rubber Co. in Carlisle, Pa.—Mr. Presti founded Presti Rubber Products in New Britain, Pa., in 1977. The company, a specialist in outside and inside retreading envelopes, was acquired by Robbins L.L.C. in 2002.
Mr. Presti also founded Hoke Rubber Products in Fayetteville, N.C., in 1984.
He is survived by his wife, five sons, three daughters, and 14 grandchildren.