Former Starcraft Marine President Harold Schrock passed away Saturday morning at his home in Syracuse, Indiana. He was 97.
Born in Goshen, Indiana on April 10, 1915, Schrock grew up in his father Arthur Schrock's boat-building business, started in 1903 as the Star Tank Company. He ran the company that became Starcraft until 1966. He subsequently acquired control of Sylvan Boats, then Smoker Craft in 1975. "Harold told us his first job was painting galvanized steel boats – hand painted in those days.' said Doug Smoker, President of Smoker Craft, Inc. "He quickly moved up in the organization, ultimately becoming a successful leader as President of the company. "
"He was a pioneer and innovator in the boat business, experimenting with new materials and developing ways to improve the customer experience,' said Peter Barrett, Senior Vice President of Marketing for Smoker Craft, Inc. "My Grandfather was proud of our business's heritage, and attributed it to the wonderful employees in our company.'
A strong believer in human resources, Harold Schrock once said "The most important aspect in any business is to have the right people. You have to have good people because that's all a company is. The buildings, the inventory, none of that matters. It can all be thrown out and replaced. But you can't replace talented people.'
"Harold had a tremendous sense of family and community,' added Cinda McKinney, Smoker Craft, Inc. Chairman and daughter . "Those values remain today. We pride ourselves in our employees, their work ethic and craftsmanship. When we say, "from our family to yours', those word drive to the heart of our business. My Father has left a legacy, not only for us, but for the boating industry as a whole. He will be missed.'
Funeral services for Schrock will be held in Goshen, Indiana on Thursday.