Joseph Rosenblatt, founder and former president of the Eimco Corp. and one of Utah's prominent industrialists, received the Modern Pioneer Award from Geneva Steel on Saturday night.

Geneva Steel President Joseph A. Cannon paid tribute to Rosenblatt as a 20th century Utah pioneer, during a dinner in his honor at the Little America Hotel. Cannon noted Rosenblatt's contributions to Utah's business, political, art and educational realms."He's a dreamer who can translate dreams into reality," Cannon said. "Therefore, he is a builder in our state."

Rosenblatt's company, Eimco, was Utah's leading employer for more than a decade. It is a world leader in the manufacturing of industrial filtration machinery and heavy-duty equipment for mines.

Rosenblatt, 87, has been active in such diverse fields as mining, trade and industry, business, health care, education and the arts. He has served on many civic and charity boards. For his efforts in fortifying French-American trade relations in the 1950s he was awarded the Chevalier of the Legion of Honor by the French government, its highest citizen honor.

Cannon presented Rosenblatt with a bronze sculpture created by artist Dennis Smith. The sculpture depicts a farmer operating a horse-drawn wheat binder while a small girl sits on his lap, representative of the hard work Utah's pioneers exerted in their efforts to establish Utah.

Geneva also donates $5,000 to the educational or charitable institution of the award recipient's choice. Rosenblatt asked that the donation be given to the University of Utah College of Nursing for scholarships.

Rosenblatt, wiping tears from his eyes, had one word for the tribute paid him: "Wow."

In his remarks, Rosenblatt turned the tables and paid tribute to Cannon.