Henry Nagy, founder of The Spancrete Group, Inc., an architectural and structural precast provider in the midwest, died on Jan. 13. He was born on June 23, 1908, and lived to be 100 years old.

Nagy's pioneering contributions to the concrete products industry are legendary. In 1946 he founded West Allis Concrete Products, and in 1953 brought a precast concrete manufacturing machine from Germany to the U.S., building the foundation of the company he called Spancrete.For more than three generations and continuing today, Spancrete has grown from Nagy's initial vision, hard work and dedication into a worldwide precast and construction leader.

The company is an example of multi-generational innovation and leadership, and is a fixture of the Midwest business community. Spancrete precast concrete has been used in notable Milwaukee-area landmarks and roadways such as the Bradley Center, the Petit National Ice Center, and the recently completed Marquette Interchange project.

Nagy was an innovator and entrepreneur, making friends and influencing lives on many levels around the world. His humor and warmth were appreciated by people everywhere, and his knowledge and common sense were well-respected.

While his business accomplishments are numerous, Nagy's greatest roles were those of a beloved husband, caring father, adored grandfather, and esteemed friend.In lieu of flowers, the family suggests a donation to Lutheran Social Services, the Robert H. Nagy Family Foundation, P.O. Box 828, Waukesha, WI 53187, or a charity of your choice in Nagy's memory.