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Former O’Neal Steel exec James Wall dies

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CHICAGO — James T. Wall, former president of O’Neal Steel Inc., died Dec. 29. He was 82.

Wall had a 34-year career with O’Neal, serving as president from 1985 until his retirement in 1991. Under his leadership, Birmingham, Ala.-based O’Neal Steel entered the Midwest market and expanded its processing capabilities.

"Jim made a significant contribution in expanding O’Neal and building the foundation upon which our company has grown and prospered over the years," said Craft O’Neal, chairman of O’Neal Industries.

"Jim was integral in making O’Neal Steel what it is today," said O’Neal Steel president and chief executive officer Holman Head. "He lived the values that have been the keys to our long-term success."

Wall, who served as a fighter pilot in the U.S. Navy, held leadership roles with the Metals Service Center Institute and the National Association of Aluminum Distributors.

He leaves a widow, two children, five grandchildren and a sister.

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