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September 6th, 2014

St. Louis Section

Published on September 6th, 2014 | By: Marcia Stout


The St. Louis Section of The American Ceramic Society was founded in 1965.



Roger Smith
Emhart Glass
P: (573) 437-2132


Patty Smith
Missouri University of Science & Technology
(573) 341-6265


Vice Chair
Bill Davis
Alsey Refractories Company
(217) 742-5501


Kent Weisenstein
(636) 479-7770




Chris Perry

Christy Refractories
(314) 773-7500




Dues of $5 per year can be paid on your annual ACerS membership renewal form.  Make sure to include your complete mailing address and Tel/Fax numbers and email address.


Meetings & Events
The ACerS St. Louis Section and the Refractory Ceramics Division had a great joint meeting in St. Louis, March 26-27, 2014.  Read a recap and see from photos from the meeting here.  


Mark your calendars!
St. Louis Section/Refractory Ceramics Division 51st Annual Symposium: March 24-26, 2015

The St. Louis Section and the Refractory Ceramics Division of The American Ceramic Society will sponsor the 51st Annual Symposium on the theme “Refractories as Engineered Ceramics” on March 25-26, 2015. A kickoff event (TBD) will held the evening of March 24, 2015. The meeting will be held in St. Louis, Missouri, at the Hilton St. Louis Airport Hotel. Co-program chairs are Mike Alexander of Riverside Refractories and Matt Lambert of Allied Mineral Products.


Click here for a partial list of papers that will be presented.


The Tabletop Expo format is the same as previous years, with each vendor having a 6-foot table to display products and literature. The charge is $300, which will be used to cover the cost of the Expo Hall and provide an open two hour bar during the “Meet and Greet” for the attendees prior to the dinner buffet on Wednesday evening. If you are interested in participating in the Tabletop Expo, contact Patty Smith at (573) 341-6265 or psmith@mst.edu.


Please note that a meeting of the ASTM International C-8 Committee on Refractories will be held on March 24th, before this joint St. Louis Section/RCD conference. Contact Kate McClung at (610) 832-9717 for more information on this meeting.


The pre-registration fee of $225.00 or on-site registration fee of $275.00 ($125.00 for Emeritus/Seniors and $50.00 for students) includes the cost of your bound copy of the Symposium Technical Papers, Continental Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner and Coffee Breaks.


A block of rooms has been set aside for the evenings of March 23-27, 2015 at the Hilton (314) 426-5500. The rate is $104.00 for a single or double. To receive the $104 rate mention the Group Name: St. Louis Section of The American Ceramic Society or Group Code: SAC when making your reservation. Make your online hotel reservation no later than March 2, 2015.  


For further information please contact Patty Smith at tel: (573) 341-6265, Fax: (573) 341-2071 or email: psmith@mst.edu.


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The member companies of The Refractories Institute (TRI) have established an academic scholarship program for the 2014-2015 academic year. The scholarships will support qualified students enrolled in degree programs who have exhibited an interest in refractory manufacturing through course work or other activities, and who might be considering a career in the refractory industry. Additional details can be found on the TRI website.


The Theodore J. Planje – St. Louis Refractories Award Winners

2014 Winner: Jeffrey D. Smith, Missouri University of Science and Technology

2013 Winner: J.P. Willi, Sunset Refractory Services, LLC

2012 Winner:  Rick Volk, UNI-REF, Inc.

2011 Winner: Rob Crolius – The Refractories Institute


2010 Winner: James L. Hill, Retired – ANH Refractories

2009 Winner: James W. Stendera, Vesuvius USA


Nomination deadline for 2014 Award: December 1, 2013


In December 1967, the St. Louis Section of The American Ceramic Society announced the establishment of  “The St. Louis Refractories Award.” This has been provided in Article XII of the by-laws of the St. Louis Section “for the purpose of recognizing and honoring distinguished achievement in the refractories field.”


In March 1982, the St. Louis Section voted to amend Article XII of the by-laws. The award was renamed “The Theodore J. Planje — St. Louis Refractories Award” in honor of his many contributions.


Nominations received after December 1, 2013 shall be held for the following year. To request a nomination form please contact Patty Smith at P: (573) 341-6265, F: (573) 341-6151.


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