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Great Lakes Rubber & Hydraulics

Where are we now?

Great Lakes Rubber & Hydraulics Company was established April, 1977. The corporation occupied a one story brick structure at a heavily traveled intersection at the edge of the downtown area of Fort Wayne. After a period of approximately ten years, In 1999, The H J Schroeder Co, Inc., vacated our H J Schroeder Building. The building was returned to the family of it's founders, Herman J Schroeder and Fritz Mundinger. Our family continued to serve the Indiana, Ohio and Michigan customers of both Great Lakes Rubber & Hydraulics and the HJ Schroeder Co. We reacquired inventory at the time of the Industrial Belting and Supply Company (IBS) and H J Schroeder Company (HJS) liquidation. We consolidated much of our HJS inventory of Belts, Sheaves (Pulleys), hose, fittings and adapters at our 220 East Wallace Street location.

A serious automobile accident in 2005 affected our ability to conduct business. Business began to decline. Nevertheless, we continued to operate Great Lakes Rubber and HJ Schroeder until 2013. At that time we decided to retire, and sold most of our remaining inventory to Carper Farm Supply.

During the 1990's, IBS operated the H J Schroeder Co., Inc. as a wholly owned subsidiary. Our family never served on the board of directors of IBS. At the time of the sale of HJS, we resigned from the board of Directors of HJS. All Transactions with these legal corporations prior to the eviction of IBS/HJS from the H J Schroeder Building should be directed to the principals in Michigan.