Columbia Steel Casting Co. Inc., Portland, Oregon, has announced that Greg Stegmaier, who joined the company in 1993, has retired after serving as director of product engineering. Prior to this position, he managed the Scrap Shredder Product Engineering Group, a role that was later assumed by product engineer John Maguire in 2015.
During his tenure at Columbia, Stegmaier engineered significant improvements to popular products, such as the company’s double beam grates, among many others.
"Working in the shredding industry was a great opportunity to try new wear part designs," he recalls. "Making customers happy with solutions to their challenges made each day on the job worthwhile."
Stegmaier’s legacy also includes mentoring and teambuilding within Columbia's product engineering department, according to a news release from Columbia Steel announcing his retirement.
"He's been a great teacher and was instrumental in helping me understand the scrap recycling industry, develop in engineering and become a product manager," says Maguire. "We're all going to miss him, and we wish him well in his retirement."
In addition to serving scrap metal shredding operations, Columbia Steel provides aggregate producers, surface mines, cement plants and power facilities a wide range of replacement wear parts in a variety of alloys. The company’s 86-acre headquarters is home to a product design department, full-service steel casting foundry and machine shop.