James W. Murphy began his career in the steel industry in the mailroom of the Allegheny Ludlum plant in Brackenridge. He ended it after co-founding a steel company of his own.
Mr. Murphy, known as Jim, died Saturday at age 87.
In his years with Allegheny Ludlum, he rose from the mailroom to vice president of sales.
In 1976, he and about 20 other employees bought Allegheny Ludlum’s bar products division and formed a new company called AlTech Specialty Steel Corp.