Elected first president of SPI, in 1937. Pioneer in the field of thermosetting and thermoplastic applications in the plastics industry. Through dynamic leadership, promoted the rapid development of outstanding and extraordinary innovations in this new industry during the 19-year period from 1920 to 1939.
After serving in the U.S. Army in World War I, Huidekoper joined American Insulator Co. as a laborer, press operator, and foreman. In 1928, he rose to succeed Emil Hemming, the founder, as the firm's president. He encouraged and engineered ventures into new and expanding markets, including the production of the first plastic-molded circuit breaker bases and covers for the electrical industry. Huidekoper's ingenuity led to myriad new applications for plastics in the home appliance and auto industries.
He is survived by three daughters.