THIS EMPLOYMENT AGREEMENT ("Agreement") is entered into effective May 1, 2004 by and between
Spartech Corporation, a Delaware corporation ("Employer"), and Steven J Ploeger ("Employee").
WHEREAS, Employer desires to employ Employee, and Employee is willing to accept such employment on the
terms hereinafter set forth,
NOW, THEREFORE, the parties agree as follows:
1. Employment. Employer hereby agrees to employ Employee, and Employee agrees to accept such
employment, on the terms and conditions hereinafter set forth. This Agreement supersedes in its entirety the
Employment Agreement dated January 1, 2003 between Employee and Spartech Plastics, Inc., and Employee's
employment under this Agreement shall be deemed to be a continuation of his employment with Spartech.
2. Term. The term of this Agreement shall commence May 1, 2004 and, unless earlier terminated as provided
herein, shall expire April 30, 2007. However, should Employer and Employee continue Employee's employment
thereafter, Employee will thereupon become an at-will employee with no fixed term of employment upon the
terms stated in the following Sections of this Agreement, to the extent their terms permit, unless and until
Employer and Employee either enter into a new written employment agreement or agree otherwise in writing.
3. Duties. Employer employs Employee to act in an executive capacity, with the initial title of Executive Vice
President - Custom Sheet and Rollstock, on behalf of Employer and Employer's subsidiaries (Employer and its
subsidiaries being herein referred to collectively as "Spartech"), on all aspects of Spartech's business, as and
when requested, and at such times and places as Employer shall reasonably request, subject always to the control
and direction of Employer's Chief Executive Officer. Employee also agrees to serve as an officer and/or director
of any Spartech-affiliated entity. During the term of this Agreement, Employee (a) will serve Employer faithfully,
diligently and to the