Ceramic Industry


May 1, 2009
News of note from the brick industry.

Krueger, left, receives the Plant Manager of the Year award from Ed Watson, Acme Brick's vice president of Production.

Acme Brick Announces Award Winners

At its recent annual Plant Managers Meeting, Acme Brick Co. announced winners of its annual awards competition. Jim Krueger, manager of Acme’s Elgin, Texas, ENP Plant, received the Plant Manager of the Year award. He graduated with a bachelor’s of science degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Missouri, Rolla, and began his career with Acme in 1985. After stints in various supervisory and engineering positions at Garrison and Sealy, he transferred to Elgin in 1999 and helped in the construction and commissioning of Acme’s handmade brick plant. In 2001, Krueger was promoted to plant manager and was a key person in the facility’s conversion to extruded brick in 2006.

A-1 Award winner James Morrison, plant manager of the Featherlite concrete block and burnishing plant in Round Rock, Texas, was originally hired as the dispatcher at the Round Rock plant in 1990. In 1992, he was transferred into a management trainee position, where he worked until his promotion to supervisor of the burnishing plant. Morrison was very involved in the 1995 construction and start-up of a new block plant on the Round Rock site, and was promoted to plant manager later that year. He has been a key to the success of the Round Rock plant, particularly the burnishing operation.

Acme’s website is located at www.brick.com.

Morin Brick to Restart Production Following Acquisition

According to Morin Brick’s website, the company has been acquired by R.J. Finlay & Co. The site states, “It is with great pleasure and excitement for the future that we announce Morin Brick is secure, reinvigorated and ready to start producing thanks to our complete recapitalization plan and majority acquisition by R.J. Finlay & Co., a national real estate firm with development, asset management, construction and construction materials divisions. This investment ensures our long-term financial stability and allows us to immediately put more than 40 people back to work.”

Visit www.morinbrick.com for additional information.

Hanson Brick Helps Build $439,000 Dream Home

Hanson Brick is donating approximately 19,000 Winslow brick to the 2009 St. Jude Dream Home®, valued at approximately $439,000, in Flower Mound, Texas. “Hanson is honored to participate in both raising money for the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and showcasing our product in a beautiful home that will contribute to the Belle Creek Village Community,” said Bob Christensen, president of Hanson Building Products East Region.

For more information, visit www.hansonbrick.com or www.stjudedreamhome.org.