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



May 9-11, 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!


Schedule of Events

Tuesday, May 9




Registration open

Hospitality Suite

Wednesday, May 10


All Day





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


Lunch for all

PM Afternoon

PM Evening

PM Evening


Technical Session 1*

Includes SWACerS Business Meeting

Technical Session 2*

Banquet (short reception preceding)

Hospitality Suite

Friday, May 12



NBRC member meeting

*Check back soon for more details!



ACerS would like to thank these 2017 SCPD welcome reception & suppliers mixer sponsors:

Borregaard LignoTech Niokem, Inc.
Direxa Engineering, LLC Prince Minerals, Inc.
Hellmich GmbH & Co. KG Resco Products, Inc. 
Huntsman Pigments Reymond Products International, Inc.
J. C. Steele & Sons, Inc. Signode Packaging Systems 
MECO  STAR Engineering, 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.

Secretary: Mike Walker, National Brick Research Center

Treasurer: Luke Odenthal, Acme Brick Co.


Southwest Section Leadership

Chair: Harland Dixon, 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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