Get to Know Robert Z. Morris (1914-2001)

Robert Z. Morris was raised in Browns, IL, and delivered ice for his uncle's business until he purchased the company at age 16.  While working with his father in a small grain, feed, and seed business, he continued to expand.  In 1947 he built a small river facility near Dogtown and became the first to ship grain on the Ohio River.  He sold Morris Grain, renamed his company Morris Trading Corp and purchased approximately 5,000 acres of land east of Sarasota, FL, as a real estate investment.  In Evansville, he was instrumental in starting Imperial Plastics and ultimately selling it to Mr. Jack Berry who changed the name to Berry Plastics.  Morris then purchased the old Jackson House Motel on the Evansville riverfront and upgraded the facility to the River House Hotel and Sunset Dining Room to become one of the finest in downtown Evansville. Morris and wife Alice were always proud to call Evansville home and worked for many years to do all they could to improve the community.


Robert Z. Morris will be honored at the induction ceremony at Old National Events Plaza on Thursday, March 14, 2019 at 7:00 a.m.  The 2019 event will honor our new Laureates and showcase a vignette highlighting their accomplishments while benefiting students as we provide financial literacy, career exploration, employability and life skills, and entrepreneurship programs to the youth of our community. 


We invite you to join Junior Achievement of Southwestern Indiana, Courier & Press, and others in our community for the 14th Annual Junior Achievement Evansville Regional Business Hall of Fame.  If you have any questions about tickets or sponsorships, please contact Marcia Forston at (812) 425-8152 or