Ceramic Industry

Acme Brick Reopens Minnesota Plant (posted 9/19/08)

September 19, 2008
“I’m really pleased that customer demands are such that we can start making brick in Springfield so soon,” said Dennis Knautz, president and chief executive officer.

Acme Brick Co. recently announced that its Acme-Ochs brick plant in Springfield, Minn., which began limited operations in June, had an official opening last month. “We’re delighted to be making brick again in Springfield, which is Minnesota’s only brick plant,” said Ed Watson, Acme’s senior vice president of Production. “We have customers who want to specify the unique colors that our Acme-Ochs plant can produce and our customers will have them be available now. The unusually wide range of colors that we offer from this plant covers most of the popular color categories for brick, from buff and grey to brown earth tones and also red brick.”

Attending the opening and speaking at the event were State Senator Dennis Frederickson; Gerald Woodley, representative for U. S. Senator Norm Coleman; Springfield Mayor Mark Brown; and Dennis Knautz, president and chief executive officer of Acme-Ochs Brick Co. “I’m really pleased that customer demands are such that we can start making brick in Springfield so soon,” said Knautz. “I know that everyone involved will be glad to see the plant back in operation. We are monitoring the order backlog to determine if there is enough demand to relight the second kiln. We expect to produce many of the fine products that Ochs Brick Co. developed under the leadership of Matt Van Hoomissen.”

Architects and builders toured the facility throughout the afternoon. During the trip, architects saw a presentation that earned them two CEU continuing education credits. A third credit was awarded for the plant tour.

From its location in Springfield, the newly reopened Acme-Ochs Brick Plant meets the LEED “local production” criterion for any site in Minnesota; all of Iowa, Nebraska, and South Dakota; most of North Dakota and Wisconsin; and portions of Michigan, Missouri, and Illinois.

For more information, call (817) 792 1234 or visit www.brick.com.

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