Former MGP Ingredients CEO dies

The former CEO of third-party spirits producer MGP Ingredients, Cloud L ‘Bud’ Cray Jr, has died aged 96.

MGP Ingredients said the company was “saddened” by the death of chairman emeritus Cray,  who died on Wednesday morning, 27 January.

He was hailed for helping to “guide the transformation” of MGP from an “industrial alcohol manufacturer” to a “leading maker” of premium distilled spirits and specialty wheat proteins and starches.

Cray retired as a director of MGP Ingredients in August 2015. He had been a board member since 1957 and served as chairman from 1980 until 2005 and also in 2014.

From 1962 to 1980, Cray worked as president of MGP before taking up the position of chief executive officer of the company from 1980 to September 1988.

He first joined MGP in 1947, enjoying an almost 70-year-long career with the company in numerous executive positions and as a director.

The statement continued: “Mr Cray was a generous resident of our headquarters community of Atchison, Kansas, where he provided countless resources to help make Atchison a better place.

“We extend our deepest sympathy to his daughter, MGP chairman of the board Karen Seaberg, and the entire Cray family.”

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