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Acme Brick Co. recently announced that Jay Isenhour, manager of Acme’s Perla, Ark., plants, has been named Plant Manager of the Year. Pete Turnbull, plant manager of the company’s Tulsa plant and the 2012 Plant Manager of the Year recipient, was recognized with the A-1 Award as runner-up in the competition.
Ed Watson, senior vice president of Production, said that Isenhour deserved the award due to the improvements in several key areas made at Perla in 2013 over the prior year, including plant profit and margin growth, change in percent recovery of product, and change in work hours per mbe produced. “Jay and the Perla plants exemplify ‘Embrace Improvement,’” he said.
Isenhour’s initial career with Acme began in 1973 while he was still in high school, when Justin Industries purchased the Isenhour family business. He later attended Wake Forest University and became the plant engineer at Sanford Brick after graduating. He was transferred to Acme as Texas Regional Engineer in 1981. After a 16-year departure, in which he worked for other brick companies, Isenhour returned to Acme in 2000 as project engineer at the Wheeler plant. In 2008, he assumed responsibility for Perla Westgate when both plants were combined under his management.
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