Buechler joined Spartech Corp. in 1981 from Arthur Andersen LLP, following 10 years in public accounting. He served as vice president of finance, chief financial officer and chief operating officer at Spartech before becoming president in 1987, CEO in 1991 and chairman in March 1999. A certified public accountant, he graduated from the University of Missouri-St. Louis.
Spartech produces custom plastic sheet and rollstock, color and specialty compounds, and molded and profile products, and recorded net earnings of $34.1 million on sales of more than $950 million for its 2003 fiscal year ended last Nov. 1. The Clayton, Mo.-based firm operates 47 facilities in North America and Europe, and has been busy buying assets as it strives to become more global.
A past chairman of the Society of the Plastics Industry Inc.´s Sheet Producers Division, Buechler also serves as a director on the boards of several nonprofit organizations.