Bill Spell last October gave up his chief executive officer's title at PW Eagle to assume the co-chairman's title with his father, Harry Spell. The younger Spell now focuses on handling the strategic direction of the pipe extruder. The restructured firm recently moved its headquarters from Minneapolis to Eugene, Ore.
Bill Spell also is president of Spell Capital Partners LLC, and has been involved in the investment banking industry since 1981. He has a bachelor of science degree from the University of Minnesota and an MBA from that institution's Carlson School of Management.
The publicly held PW Eagle, which does business as PW Pipe, began 20 years ago in Nebraska as Eagle Plastics Inc., was sold in 1993 to a Minneapolis-based holding company and embarked on a series of acquisitions. It assumed its current identity after buying Eugene, Ore.-based PW Pipe in 1999. PW Eagle today is North America's fourth-largest pipe extruder, runs 10 PVC pipe plants, operates a smaller, separate polyethylene pipe business known as PW Poly, and has been revamping operations to cope with the challenging economic climate.