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

June 5-8, 2018   |  Columbia, S.C.  |  Hilton Columbia Center 


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If you are involved in the structural clay industry—and that includes manufacturing, sales and marketing, consultants, and material or equipment suppliers—then join us June 5-8, 2018, at the Hilton Columbia Center in Columbia, S.C. This is the second year for combined meetings with ACerS Structural Clay Products, its Southwest Section, and the National Brick Research Center that better meets the needs of the structural clay industry.


The event will feature meetings, two technical sessions, a suppliers’ mixer, and two plant tours at Carolina Ceramics (Columbia, SC) and at Meridian Brick  (Columbia, SC)


Please check back to this page for information on how to register for this event, hotel information, full schedule of events, and more.


Tentative schedule of events


Tuesday, June 5  
3:00 – 6:00 p.m. Registration
5:00 – 10:00 p.m. Hospitality suite
Wednesday, June 6  
7:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. Registration
8:00 – 11:30 a.m. National Brick Research Center meeting (members of NBRC only)
11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Lunch on own
1:00 – 5:00 p.m. Tech Session 1, Structural Clay Products Division and SW Section
5:00 – 5:30 p.m. Southwest Section Business Meeting
6:00 – 7:30 p.m. Suppliers’ mixer
8:00 – 10:00 p.m. Hospitality suite
Thursday, June 7  
All day Plant Tours (Carolina Ceramics, Columbia, SC and Meridian Brick, Columbia, SC) Lunch sponsored by Carolina Ceramics
6:30 – 7:00 p.m. Reception (Sponsored by Danser, Inc.)
7:00 – 9:00 p.m. Banquet
9:00 – 10:00 p.m. Hospitality suite
Friday, June 8  
8:00 – 10:30 a.m. Tech Session 2, SCPD-SW Section


Technical Program



Exploring Tools to Determine Extrudablity – Capillary Rheometry, Mike Walker, National Brick Research Center

Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Dies and More, Gregg Camp, Reymond Products International, Inc.

Faster Drying and Firing Considerations for Brick,  John Sanders, National Brick Research Center

High-end Automation and Robotics in Face Brick and Thin Brick Plants, Holger Rottmann and Ulrich Hagemann, Keller HCW

Thin Brick Testing, George Campbell,  J. C. Steele & Sons, Inc.

Solar Energy – Powering A Brick Plant With The Sun, Todd Butler, Palmetto Brick

Energy Efficiency Project at the Muskogee, OK Plant, William Whitfield, Meridian Brick


SESSION 2 – FRIDAY 8-10:30 a.m.

OSHA’s Silica Rule Deadline in June 23, 2018 – Are you Ready?, Mary Ann Keon, Acme Brick

Update on Energy Savings at the Kiln, Joern Boeke, Refratechnik

General Overview of Clay Brick Standards, Mike Walker, National Brick Research Center

Setting Machining Upgrade at the Malakoff Plant, Harlan Dixson, Acme Brick

New Thin Brick Technology, Christophe Aubertot, Direxa Engineering, LLC


Meeting Sponsors

Basic Machinery Company, Inc.


Borregaard LignoTech


Danser, Inc.

Niokem, Inc.

Direxa Engineering, LLC

Prince Minerals, Inc. 

Diversified Ceramic Services, Inc.

Resco Products, Inc. 

Halbert Mill Company

Reymond Products International, Inc.  

Harrop Industries, Inc.

Signode Packaging Systems  

Hellmich GmbH & Co. KG

STAR Engineering, Inc.  

J. C. Steele & Sons, Inc.

Venator Corporation 


 Division and section leaders 

ACerS Structural Clay Products Division Leadership


Division Chair: John Dowdle, Prince Minerals LLC

Chair Elect: Luke Odenthal, Acme Brick Company

Vice-chair: Mike Walker, National Brick Research Center

Secretary: Jed Lee, Meridian Brick, Augusta, GA


Southwest Section Leadership


Chair: Japa Castro, Columbus Brick Company

Chair-Elect: David Ziegler, Prince Minerals LLC

Vice Chair: George Campbell, J.C. Steele

Secretary: Fred McMann, Fives North American Combustion

Treasurer: Harland Dixson, Acme Brick Co.


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