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May 18th, 2017

Southwest Section

Published on May 18th, 2017 | By: Belinda Raines

The roots of the Southwest Section go back to 1945 when eleven brick makers gathered at the University of Texas and organized the Ceramic Society of the Southwest. In 1951, this group was granted a charter by The American Ceramic Society as the Southwest Section. Its purpose is to promote all ceramic arts and sciences. Semi-annual meetings of two or three days include presentations of symposia, technical papers, suppliers’ exhibits, plant tours, a banquet, social program, golf outing, and companions’ program. Suppliers are invited to display their products at tabletop exhibits.



Chair: Harland Dixson

Acme Brick Co.

Secretary: Fred McMann

Fives North American Combustion

Chair-Elect: Japa Castro

Columbus Brick Co.

Treasurer: Glenn Holladay

Materials & Ceramic Chemicals

Vice Chair: David Ziegler

Prince Corporation

Counselor: Fred McMann

Fives North American Combustion

Annual dues: $25 ($20 if over age 65)

Mail check for dues to:
Fred McMann
4102 Palmer Plantation
Missouri City, TX 77459


Meetings and Events

2017 marks the first time that the ACerS Southwest Section, the ACerS Structural Clay Products Division, and the National Brick Research Center joined forces to combine annual meetings to better meet the needs of the structural clay industry.  The meeting took place at the Radisson Fort Worth North at Fossil Creek and included a full-day of technical presentations, plant tours, a companions’ program, a suppliers mixer, a Thursday evening banquet, hospitality suite, and more.


Harland Dixson, Southwest Section Chair, commented, “The combined meeting of the ACerS Southwest Section and Structural Clay Products Division  was a success.  This was the first of a combined meeting for these two groups, with many more to follow.  The first full day was filled with tours of the Acme Brick Denton plant, as well as tours of the Acme Brick Research Lab and the Meridian West Brick Plant in Mineral Wells, Texas.  The tours were outstanding.  We thank Acme Brick and Meridian Brick for allowing us to take the tours.”


Harland added that the technical sessions presented at the meeting “were outstanding as well.  Thank you to all of the presenters for the excellent presentations.”



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The Southwest Section administers the Forrest K. Pence Memorial Scholarship Fund and The Robert and Mary Buttle Scholarship Fund.  Here is information about each of these scholarships:


The Robert & Mary Buttle Scholarship Program 
The Robert and Mary Buttle Scholarship Fund was established in 1993 to help students finance their college education. An explosion of unthought-of ceramic products and processes within the preceding 50 years created exceptional opportunities for ceramic engineers and scientists. There is particular need for applied and production engineering, as well as scientists.


Students of a recognized two- or four-year program of ceramic engineering or ceramic materials science are invited to apply for a grant from this fund, following successful completion of their first year.  Complete the application and enclose a recommendation from the department head or advisor. Be sure that qualifications are met according to the criteria on the application, listed in order of priority.  Download the application today!


The Forrest K. Pence Memorial Scholarship Program 

Scholarship grants will be awarded to students working toward an undergraduate or graduate degree in a four-year program, although consideration will be given to those in a two-year degree/certificate program, providing other criteria are met. Applicants will be required to be sponsored by an active member of the Southwest Section of The American Ceramic Society. Download the application today!


For information about scholarships, contact Harland Dixson.



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