Plaskolite Names New President and CEO

Plaskolite, LLC, North America’s largest manufacturer of plastic sheet products, has announced that Ryan Schroeder has been named President and CEO, effective May 4, 2020. Mr. Schroeder, a seasoned executive with a proven track record of leading manufacturing companies to sustained long-term growth, succeeds Mitchell Grindley, a thirty-seven-year veteran of Plaskolite and the company’s CEO since 2015. Mr. Grindley will continue an active role with Plaskolite’s Board of Directors as Executive Chairman and will work closely with Schroeder during the transition.

Ryan Schroeder, new President and CEO of Plasklolite.

“Plaskolite’s reputation speaks for itself, and I admire its leadership team, business practices, and dedication to customer service and innovation,” Mr. Schroeder said. “Plaskolite’s strong culture, with more than 60 years as a family-led business, has fostered a deep focus on being a valued supplier and partner to their customers. I am excited to join such an outstanding company and to work with Mitch and his team to build on this tremendous foundation.”

“Our rapid growth, including four acquisitions since the start of 2018, has made it clear that our leadership team must continue to grow,” Grindley said. “As I hand off leadership to Ryan, I am confident his experience and appreciation for the Plaskolite culture make him a perfect fit to lead us into the next phase of our growth as a company. We are excited to add his voice to our veteran leadership team and together look forward to best serving our customers.”

Since Plaskolite was founded in 1950 by Donald Dunn and family, the company has grown into North America’s largest thermoplastic sheet producer with products including acrylic, polycarbonate, PETG and ABS sheet, polymer, and profile products. Plaskolite employs more than 1,200 employees across a network of 10 manufacturing facilities in the United States and Mexico.

Schroeder brings a track record for growing businesses both organically and through acquisition, most recently at IMI Precision Engineering, where he spent four years as President of the Americas leading approximately 2,200 employees across 17 facilities. Prior to that, Schroeder spent 12 years with Parker Hannifin in a variety of roles, including GM of Global Valves, Plant Manager and Supply Chain Manager of the company’s Mobile Cylinders division. He has a BA in Supply Chain Management from Michigan State University and an MBA from the University of Minnesota. Ryan and his family will be relocating from Denver to Columbus.

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