In 1920 Emil Schroeder started Home Ice company with his three brothers. The had four routes and served the south side with Ice & coal. The used to cut the ice from Lake Michigan and store it in a warehouse under saw dust as insulation.
As the invention of the refrigerator and natural gas heating. Ice and coal were slowly fading away. As time went on the company was forced to change direction and slowly started into the moving business. Schroeder Movers was moving both residential and commercial clients. By 1960 changed gears again. Schroeder Material was heavily involved in the excavation business. Through the 70's and 80's we slowly transformed into a wholesale and retail outlet for building, drainage and landscape materials. In 1983 Emil had passed and William and Richard Sr. had taken over the family business. At this point they had decieded on concentrating on Landscape and Drainage supply. They have expanded greatly. Today, Schroeder Material is on of the largest landscape suppliers on the south west side of Chicago.