Welcome to our 2017 Light The Night Chair!
President/CEO The Plastics Industry Association
Prior to becoming PLASTICS president and CEO in February 2005, Bill Carteaux spent more than 20 years in the manufacturing sector. He came to PLASTICS from Demag Plastics Group, where he was president and chief executive officer. Carteaux previously served as the company's executive vice president. Prior to joining Demag, he spent eight years with Autojectors, a manufacturer of vertical injection molding machines, as its president.
Born and raised in rural Indiana, Carteaux was instilled with a traditional blue-collar work ethic that he still possesses today. His father was an electrician at International Harvester for more than 30 years. During high school Carteaux worked the night shift as a line employee at a metal working plant, and he spent his summers during college as a material handler in a large manufacturing facility.
Carteaux has an MBA from Indiana Wesleyan University and a BS from Purdue, where he has received several awards since graduating. He currently serves as chair for the Council of Manufacturing Associations at NAM and sits on the Board of Directors. He is immediate past director general of CIPAD, the Council of International Plastics Association Directors. Carteaux also serves on the Board of Directors of four additional organizations: The Plastics Academy, the National Plastics Center and Museum, the Future of Plastics Foundation and SPE’s Foundation. In 2015, Carteaux was the youngest person to ever be inducted into the Plastics Industry Hall of Fame.
In 2016 Carteaux battled and beat leukemia. He is currently the corporate chair of the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s 2017 Capital Area Light the Night events.