Chairman and Founder
Crescent Plastics, Inc.
John H. Schroeder was a pioneer in the region's plastics industry, helping to lead Evansville to its reputation as the country’s “Plastics Valley.” With his father, J. Henry Schroeder, they started Crescent Plastics, Inc. in 1949. Schroeder served as chairman of all plastic-manufacturing companies. Today, there are seven pipe locations in the U.S. plus the Wabash and Crescent plants in Evansville. The corporate office is also in Evansville. He also played leadership roles in the Society of the Plastics Industry, and establishing codes for plastic pipe standards. Schroeder was a sound businessman who recognized problems and found solutions.
Those who knew him have said that while he was a master at facing tough issues, he also was a very compassionate individual. The companies, under Schroeder's direction, have funded a number of civic and educational endeavors. He was chairman of the University of Evansville Board of Trustees, the Evansville Rotary Club, and the Easter Seals Rehabilitation Center. He also served on the Board of Trustees of his alma mater, Wabash College, the Welborn Hospital Board, the United Way, and the Washington Avenue Presbyterian Church. Besides the civic and educational boards, John served on the Old National Bank and SIGECO Boards.
Schroeder earned his bachelor’s degree from Wabash College and his Master’s Degree in Business Administration from Harvard Business School. He also received honorary doctorate degrees from the University of Evansville and Wabash College.