Butech Bliss honored as friend of KSU Salem
SALEM — Kent State University at Salem recently held its annual awards ceremony, during which students were recognized for their academic excellence, scholastic achievements and service to the campus. Also during the event, Butech Bliss was presented the Friends of the Campus award, the highest honor presented annually to non-students.
The award recognizes community members and businesses that support increasing access to higher education in Salem and surrounding communities.
Matt Butts, senior vice president of advancement at Kent State University, presented the award to John Buta, president of Butech Bliss, along with his wife, Robin. Also recognized, but unable to attend the ceremony, was Jock Buta, executive vice president at Butech Bliss.
Butech Bliss is an active supporter of Kent State Salem’s campus and, especially, the Rural Scholars program. Through hands-on workshops at the Butech Bliss facility and on the Salem Campus, the Butech team participates in programs that teach engineering, mathematics and life skills to the scholars.
John Buta has served as a member of the Kent State Salem advisory board and Jock Buta served as a member of the Business Advisory Council for the Kent State Columbiana County campuses’ business degree programs.
“Kent State is just one of several community and regional organizations that benefit from Butech’s tradition of making our area a better place to call home,” stated David Dees, dean and chief administrative officer for the Columbiana County campuses. “We thank Butech Bliss for being such willing partners in helping Kent State Salem increase educational opportunities for our students, ensuring the campus has state-of-the-art teaching and learning facilities and investing in our Rural Scholars. This positive impact on our academic programs and educational outreach only strengthen the fabric of the communities we serve.”
Located in Salem, Butech Bliss was founded in 1985 after combining two companies into one. Bliss was a company with a long heritage of building heavy duty mill equipment for ferrous and non-ferrous metals producers, going back more than 130 years.
Butech was a company with a small manufacturing shop, focused on developing machine technologies for the metals industry. It became world renowned for its scrap choppers, side trimmers, shears and hydraulic roller levelers.
Now, the Butech Bliss facility is known around the world for its innovative scrap chopper technology, as well as its design and manufacturing capabilities in coil processing; mill equipment construction; extrusion, forging and melting; and contract manufacturing.