NEW YORK Veteran steel mill equipment manufacturer Paul S. Morgan died Sunday in Duxbury, Mass., at the age of 88.
Morgan, former chairman and president of Morgan Construction Co., was the fourth generation of his family to head the Worcester, Mass.-based rolling mill equipment engineer and manufacturer founded in 1888.
Upon graduation from college in 1944, he served as an officer with the U.S. Navy in the Pacific theater. After working at Laclede Steel Co. in Alton, Ill., he joined Morgan Construction in 1947, starting work on the assembly floor.
During his tenure as president of the company from 1965 to 1986, Morgan oversaw the introduction of the No-Twist mill and Stelmor cooling, two milestone developments in the evolution of high-speed rod mill production. In recognition of these major contributions to the steelmaking process, the Association of Iron and Steel Engineers presented Morgan the Tadeusz Sendzimir Memorial Medal in 2002.
Morgan served as chairman of Morgan Construction from 1986 until he retired in 2004. Under his leadership, the company entered into a number of mergers, acquisitions and licensing agreements with companies in the United States and around the world, opening new markets and expanding its product line into universal joint spindles, nonferrous tube drawing and continuous rolling, cutting and coiling of nonferrous rods.
Morgan Construction was acquired in 2008 by Siemens AG, which operates its facilities as part of the Siemens VAI Metals Technologies business.
Morgan leaves a widow, two sons, two daughters, eight grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. A memorial gathering will be held Nov. 18 at Higgins Armory Museum in Worcester, Mass.