Raymond J. Benoit III
With a background in Accounting/Management Ray was moved inside the office to computerize their inventory and manage sales of Corrugated Metal Pipe and Purchasing for the entire company. In 1988 Ray was promoted to Vice President with all departments reporting to him. Working alongside Jeff Loeffler for the next 10 years Ray and Jeff bought the company from Burton Kozel in 1998.
Ray lives with his wife Victoria and daughter Gloria on a small horse farm in Penfield.
After owner Burt Kozel retired in 1998, Jeff, along with Ray Benoit, purchased J. Kozel & Son, Inc. Over the next 10 years, he helped transform the company from a Rochester-only based steel supplier to a statewide supplier, selling to builders and general contractors from Buffalo to Albany. In 2001, Tool Ranch, an established Buffalo N. Y. based supplier of tools and fasteners was added to the Kozel family of companies and a Rochester location was opened. For the first time, the Rochester market had a top-level supplier for the many framers and building professionals in the area. Jeff ‘s dedication to the growth and success of the Kozel brand continues today.
Jeff has 3 children, Joshua, Gabrielle and Channi.
After several years of running the erection crew, Kurt was called upon to run the Reinforcing Department, eventually becoming manager of all commercial construction for Kozel Steel.
With 30 plus years of experience in the steel industry Kurt was appointed as Vice President of Kozel Steel in 2009. He has become a valuable resource for both our employees and customers.
IT / Marketing
Accounts Receivable / Credit
Estimator / Detailer
Born and raised in Buffalo, Kevin graduated from Hutchinson Central Technical High School with a Regents Diploma in Building Technology. He then earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Civil Engineering from the State University of New York at Buffalo. Kevin has over 25 years of experience in Industrial Sales with a majority of those years in the steel industry. His customers value his experience and rely on his knowledge to handle their steel requirements whether its a new residential build or a commercial project.
Kevin resides in Wheatfield and covers all of western New York from Lake Ontario to Jamestown. He is responsible for the day to day operations of all of Kozel Steel’s products and services in this market.