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ACerS Structural Clay Products Division & Southwest Section Meeting in conjunction with the National Brick Research Center Meeting


May 9-12, 2017   |  Fort Worth, Texas  |  Radisson Fort Worth North at Fossil Creek 


2017 marks the first time that ACerS Structural Clay Products Division, ACerS Southwest Section, and the National Brick Research Center are combining forces to put together combined annual meetings that better meet the needs of the structural clay industry.  Held at the Radisson Fort Worth North at Fossil Creek, this meeting includes a full day of technical presentations, plant tours to Acme Brick (Denton) and Meridian Brick (Mineral Wells), a companions program, a supplier’s mixer, Thursday evening banquet, hospitality suite, and more!


Read about the event on Ceramic Tech Today.


Schedule of Events

Tuesday, May 9

3 – 6 p.m.

5 – 10 p.m.


Registration open

Hospitality Suite

Wednesday, May 10

7 – 7:50 a.m.

All Day (bus departs 8 a.m.)

11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

6 – 7:30 p.m.

8 – 10 p.m. 


Registration open

Plant Tours:  Acme Brick (Denton) and Meridian Brick (Mineral Wells)

Lunch Sponsored by Acme Brick

Suppliers Mixer Reception

Hospitality Suite

Thursday, May 11

7:30 – 9:00 a.m.

8 a.m. – noon

Noon – 1:30 p.m.

1:30-6 p.m.

7 – 9 p.m.

9 – 10:00 p.m.


Companions Breakfast – Hospitality Suite

Technical Session 1

Lunch for all attendees. Includes SWACerS Business Meeting

Technical Session 2

Banquet (reception from 6:30-7:00 pm)

Hospitality Suite

Friday, May 12

7:30 – 10:30 a.m.


NBRC member meeting




ACerS would like to thank these 2017 meeting sponsors:

Basic Machinery Company, Inc. MECO 
Borregaard LignoTech Niokem, Inc.
Danser, Inc. Prince Minerals, Inc.
Direxa Engineering, LLC Refratechnik Ceramics
Halbert Mill Company Resco Products, Inc. 
Harrop Industries, Inc. Reymond Products International, Inc.
Hellmich GmbH & Co. KG Signode Packaging Systems 
Huntsman Pigments STAR Engineering, Inc. 
J. C. Steele & Sons, Inc.  
Division and Section Leaders

ACerS Structural Clay Products Division Leadership

Division Chair: John Hewitt, Interstate Brick Company

Chair Elect: John Dowdle, Prince Minerals, Inc.

Vice-Chair: Luke Odenthal, Acme Brick Co.

Secretary: Mike Walker, National Brick Research Center


Southwest Section Leadership

Chair: Harland Dixson, Acme Brick Company

Chair-Elect: Japa Castro, Columbus Brick Co.

Vice Chair: David Ziegler, Prince Corporation

Secretary: Fred McMann, Fives North American Combustion

Treasurer: Glenn Holladay, Materials & Ceramic Chemicals




The American Ceramic Society values diverse and inclusive participation within the field of ceramic science and engineering. ACerS strives to promote involvement and access to leadership opportunity regardless of race, ethnicity, gender, religion, age, sexual orientation, nationality, disability, appearance, geographic location, career path or academic level.



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