Ceramic Industry

Reopening History

August 1, 2012
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Acme Brick debuts reopening of Denton plant kiln on 100th anniversary.

On January 12, Acme Brick Co. conducted the official reopening on kiln “C” at the company’s Denton, Texas, plant. The reopening coincided with the 100th anniversary of the Denton plant’s acquisition by Acme Brick. 

The Denton plant is the largest of Acme’s 26 brick plants. First organized as the Denton Pressed Brick Co. in 1901, the plant became Acme’s first major acquisition on January 6, 1912. The plant was expanded beginning in 1963 when the first of three new tunnel kilns was completed. The final kiln “C” kiln was completed in 1967. 

Although it was the last kiln constructed, the “C” kiln was deemed to be inoperable in 2009 due to structural issues. After a thorough review of options, Acme management made the decision in 2010 to rebuild the kiln in the same location and with the same basic configuration as the original kiln.

The kiln design and installation projects were all handled in-house by Acme Engineering and Production Management personnel. The kiln burners were ignited on December 21, 2011, and the first brick exited the kiln on January 12, 100 years after the Denton operation became a part of Acme Brick. Acme marked its 120th birthday on April 17, 2011.

For more information, contact Acme Brick Co., P.O. Box 425, Fort Worth, TX 76l0l; phone (800)792-l234; or visit www.brick.com.