Acme Brick Receives Spirit of Enterprise Award
The Fort Worth Chamber of Commerce honored Acme Brick Co. with the Chairman’s Spirit of Enterprise Award.
The Fort Worth Chamber of Commerce honored Acme Brick Co. with the Chairman’s Spirit of Enterprise Award at the chamber’s June 14 annual meeting at the Omni Fort Worth Hotel. The Spirit of Enterprise Award, the chamber’s highest honor, is given annually to a local organization that has demonstrated commitment to local business growth and community development.
Initiated in 1975, the award recognizes local enterprises for contributions to the development of the community. Selected by the four most recent chairs of the Fort Worth Chamber, the recipient is chosen for contributions to the advancement and prosperity of the city, as well as a commitment to the preservation of the American private enterprise system.
“Acme Brick stands among Fort Worth’s most trusted and essential partners in progress,” said Bill Thornton, president and CEO. “They will always hold a special place in Fort Worth history as the first anchor tenant of and a major drawing card for the Clearfork development that has finally tapped southwest Fort Worth’s full economic potential. Acme Brick truly models every virtue the Spirit of Enterprise Award upholds.”
Acme moved to Fort Worth in 1911 and has grown to become the nation’s largest company producing brick and masonry-related products. Nationwide, Acme has more than 60 company-owned sales locations and 25 brick plants in the central and southeastern U.S. In 2000, Warren Buffet’s Berkshire Hathaway bought Justin Industries, bringing Acme Brick into the multinational conglomerate holding company. With Buffett’s promise in 2000 to keep Acme Brick in Fort Worth, the company moved in 2006 to consolidate operations at a new headquarters. The 77,000-sq-ft, three-story headquarters at 3024 Acme Brick Plaza opened in 2007, wrapped with an elegant façade of red brick.
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