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CerMA Opens Registration for 2005 Fall Meeting

The Ceramic Manufacturers Association (CerMA) has released the final program for the 2005 Fall Meeting in Clemson, S.C., and has begun accepting registrations.

The Ceramic Manufacturers Association, along with ACerS' Whitewares & Materials Division and the Southeast Section, has begun accepting registrations for the 2005 Fall Meeting October 3-5, 2005 in Clemson, S.C., held concurrently with the International Brick Plant Operator's Forum at Clemson University. With the theme, "Cost Factors Affecting Ceramic Production," the meeting will include a golf outing, technical presentations and a plant tour.

The meeting will kick off on Monday, October 3, at 1 p.m. with early bird golf at Verdae Green Golf Course in Greenville, S.C. Later that evening, attendees are invited to participate in the Brick Plant Operators Forum steak cookout and hospitality suites at the Madren Conference Center, Clemson University.

The technical session will begin at 8 a.m. on Tuesday, October 4, with a welcome and introductions by Todd Barson of Ferro Corp., CerMA chair; Nath Viswanath of Fusion Ceramics, ACerS Whitewares & Materials Division chair; and Cullen Hackler of the Porcelain Enamel Institute (PEI), ACerS Southeast Section chair. The keynote address will be presented by Kathleen Richardson, Ph.D., director and professor, School of Materials Science and Engineering, Clemson University. Other presentations in the morning session will include: "Observations on the Bubble Evolution and Melting Behavior of Whiteware Glazes" and "Identifying Strength-Limiting Defects in Commercial Whitewares - Implications for Processing," by William Carty, Ph.D., professor of Ceramic Engineering at the New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University; "Comparison of Feldspathic Minerals as Fluxes in Ceramic Bodies," by Clay Collins and Russ Fish, Unimin Corp.; "A Practical Approach to High Quality Slip Control," by Bill Leach, technical director for KT Clay/Imerys Corp.; and "Analytical Techniques for Solving Ceramic Problems," by Ron Thomas, technical director for HC Spinks Clay Co.

The afternoon session will focus on market and business topics, including, "Overview of the State of the Ceramic Tile Industry," by Bob Daniels, Tile Council of America; "Current Regulatory Issues in Washington, D.C.," by Jack Waggener, URS Corp.; "From Corporate to Self-Employed," by Ron Stowers, Diversified Ceramic Services, Inc.; "Taking an Innovative Idea from Concept to Reality," by Carl Frahme, Ph.D., Golden Bear Ceramics Co.; "Smart Pricing for Optimized Profits," by Thomas Maskell, Diversified Innovations; "Protecting Your Intellectual Property," by C. John Brannon, Intellectual Property Attorney, Bingham McHale, LLP; and "Improve Your Company Beyond Your Dreams," by John Mautner, founder of Advanced Profit Technologies and the Cycle of Success Institute. The Southeast Section's Hewitt Wilson Award Banquet will be held on Tuesday evening.

On Wednesday, October 5, attendees will have the opportunity to tour the BMW auto manufacturing plant in Spartanburg, S.C.

A block of rooms has been set aside at the Hampton Inn and Suites (864-375-1999) and Comfort Inn and Suites (864-662-1200) in Anderson, S.C., for $74/night. Reservations should be made directly with the hotel before September 9, 2005, to receive the special rate.

The registration fee for the 2005 Fall Meeting is $145 and includes steak dinner on Monday night. (The Hewitt Wilson Banquet is an additional $30.) Attendees at the CerMA/ACS meeting can also attend the International Brick Plant Operator's Forum technical sessions on October 3-4 for no additional charge.

For more details or to register, call (770) 281-8980 or e-mail penamel@aol.com. For more information about the golf outing, call Greg Andrews at (770) 331-3473 or e-mail gandrews@rtvanderbilt.com.

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