Ceramic Industry News

Renkert Receives TCA's 2002 Tile Person of the Year Award

June 11, 2002
/ Print / Reprints /
ShareMore
/ Text Size+
J. Steven Renkert was recently named the Tile Council of America's (TCA) 2002 Tile Person of the Year.

J. Steven Renkert was awarded the Tile Council of America's (TCA) prestigious 2002 Tile Person of the Year award during the May 9th breakfast at Coverings 2002 in Orlando, Fla. Each year, the TCA recognizes a person who has been instrumental in increasing the consumption of ceramic tile. Renkert and his brother, Donald Harry (Hal) Renkert, introduced to the U. S. a split-tile method of manufacturing quarry tile that increased manufacturing efficiency. In the 1970s, the brothers sought to continue their family's long history in the clay products industry, as well as their own experience in extrusion and structural ceramics, to develop a product with the look and durability of architectural brick without requiring the high raw material and energy costs associated with traditional brick. Using automated German technology, Steve and Hal built the first high volume, low cost architectural tile plant in the U.S. to produce half-inch thick unglazed, design-oriented quarry tile. While he was president, Steve's company, Metropolitan Industries, Inc. (now known as Ironrock Capital, Inc.), successfully grew and was modernized to meet production demands. He served as director on the board of the TCA, and he played a key role in crafting the International Standards Organization (ISO) standards for ceramic tile along with appropriate test methods.

Did you enjoy this article? Click here to subscribe to Ceramic Industry Magazine.

You must login or register in order to post a comment.

Multimedia

Videos

Image Galleries

June 2014 Issue Highlights

Our June 2014 issue is now available!

Podcasts

Manufacturing Day 2014

Manufacturing Day organizers share their insights with Managing Editor Kelsey Seidler.

More Podcasts

Ceramic Industry Magazine

CI September 2014 cover

2014 September

You won't want to miss the CI Top 10, traditionally our most popular article of the year!

Table Of Contents Subscribe

THE CERAMIC INDUSTRY STORE

M:\General Shared\__AEC Store Katie Z\AEC Store\Images\Ceramics Industry\handbook of advanced ceramics.gif
Handbook of Advanced Ceramics Machining

Ceramics, with their unique properties and diverse applications, hold the potential to revolutionize many industries, including automotive and semiconductors.

More Products

Clear Seas Research

Clear Seas ResearchWith access to over one million professionals and more than 60 industry-specific publications,Clear Seas Research offers relevant insights from those who know your industry best. Let us customize a market research solution that exceeds your marketing goals.

Directories

CI Data Book July 2012

Ceramic Industry's Directories including Components, Equipment Digest, Services, Data Book & Buyers Guide, Materials Handbook and much more!

STAY CONNECTED

facebook_40px twitter_40px  youtube_40pxlinkedin_40google+ icon 40px