His name was Aleseo, but everyone knew him as Ben.
Ben loved the steel business and believed in the value of our organization. He liked to say “There wasn’t anything he couldn’t do with steel.”
As the youngest of 12 children, Ben’s older brothers taught him to weld. He began his ironworking career with the DuPont Company back when they did their own construction. He was a member of local 451 and ran the apprenticeship program for many years, bringing generations of new men into the trade. After working for others, he and his wife started Murphy Steel out of his home at the age of 47 with 10 children and endless drive and determination. Murphy Steel succeeded far beyond what they could have imagined.
Ben only stopped coming to the shop daily after he turned 80. He passed away at 82.