Arkansas Businessman, Highway Commission Chair Tom Schueck Dies

Arkansas Highway Commission Chairman Tom Schueck, seen here at the dedication of the Big Rock Interchange in Little Rock on July 8, 2015, died Tuesday.
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Arkansas Highway Commission chairman, steel manufacturing businessman, and Arkansas Business Hall of Fame member Tom Schueck died Tuesday, according to a statement from the family. He was 78.

Schueck was the founder and former chairman of Lexicon Fabricators and Constructors, a major player in the steel manufacturing industry.

His son, Patrick Suhueck, issued a statement on behalf of the family.

Tom Schueck was a force to be reckoned with — both in business and in life. A titan of the steel industry, he approached every day with determination, melding blue-collar work ethic with innovative ideas to transform a fledging small business into one of Arkansas’s largest companies. But above all, he was a public servant and philanthropist whose generous spirit helped countless Arkansans in their pursuit of the American dream. No matter where he was, Tom captivated others with his larger-than-life personality, sarcastic wit and intellect, and he will be sorely missed by his wife, children, grandchildren and all who knew him.

Tom Schueck was appointed to the Arkansas Highway Commission by Gov. Mike Beebe in 2011.

Lexicon celebrated 50 years in business in 2019. Schueck took a gamble a half decade ago and started his own construction company, Lexicon Construction and Fabrication. More than 50 years later, his company employed about 1,500 people and had annual gross revenues of more than $350 million, he told Talk Business & Politics last year.

A turning point for the company was 30 years ago when he won the bid to build the Nucor Yamato steel mill near Blytheville.

He was inducted into the Arkansas Business Hall of Fame in 2017. A 1965 civil engineering graduate from Washington University at St. Louis, Schueck was also a past member of the Little Rock Airport Commission and he served as a trustee for the Don Tyson Family Trust.