Beginners and Innovators Meet at the 2018 Clemson Brick Forum
Organizers of the 64th Annual Clemson Brick Forum aim to meet the needs of the brick industry while providing a fun, rewarding experience for all attendees.
The brick industry will meet October 1-3 at the Anderson Civic Center in Anderson, S.C., for the 2018 Clemson Brick Forum. The National Brick Research Center (NBRC) hosts the forum every year as an opportunity for brick manufacturers and suppliers to share the latest technologies and issues related to the brick industry.
The forum’s technical program is growing and changing to meet the needs of the industry. Feedback from past attendees indicates the need for the discussion of brick basics:
- How should the size of the brick be measured? How is shrinkage measured?
- How do we improve fired properties using raw materials?
- What is LOI? Why is it important?
- What is a good range for the column temperature? Why?
As always, the forum will offer sessions for people at every stage of their career in the brick industry. In addition to the back to the basics theme, presentations this year will focus on technology to produce thin brick, as well as the latest information on technological innovations and environmental regulations.
For the second year, the forum will include Educational Seminars provided by sponsors on Tuesday afternoon. New for last year’s forum, the seminars were well-received by attendees and sponsors alike. Attendees have the option to pick the topics they are most interested in learning about and only attend those seminars. These sessions are also a way for sponsors to educate attendees about their capabilities outside of the technical program, so it can be more tailored to their specialties.
Opportunities for Networking
Hospitality will be offered from 5-9 p.m. on both Monday and Tuesday following the days’ sessions. The annual Steak Cookout will be held Tuesday evening, comprising a reception provided by J.C. Steele & Sons, steaks galore, and a chance for all attendees to visit and relax with each other. Entertainment and opportunities for door prizes will also be featured.