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Former NW Pipe exec William Tagmyer dies

Oct 03, 2013 | 05:29 PM |

Tags  Northwest Pipe, William R. Tagmyer, obituary, steel, L.B. Foster, U.S. Steel, FMC


LOS ANGELES — William R. Tagmyer, a veteran of more than 50 years in the Pacific Northwest steel industry and former chairman and chief executive officer of Northwest Pipe Co., has died.

A report in Portland, Ore., said he passed away after a short battle with cancer. He was 75.

Tagmyer was chief executive officer of Vancouver, Wash.-based Northwest Pipe, a producer of water transmission pipe and tubular products that was once based in Portland, from 1986 to January 2001 and was chairman of the company from 1986 to December 2012, according to a biography on the company’s website. He was listed as a member of Northwest Pipe’s board of directors and chairman of the executive committee.

Prior to 1986, Tagmyer was an executive with pipe fabricator and distributor L.B. Foster Co. Before 1975 he was with U.S. Steel Corp. and the Marine and Rail Equipment division of FMC Corp., serving in sales, marketing, product management and contract administration positions.

A funeral mass is scheduled for Monday at the chapel at the University of Portland, where he was a longtime board member.




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