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January 31st, 2018

Southwest Section

Published on January 31st, 2018 | 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: Japa Castro

Columbus Brick Co.

Secretary: Fred McMann

Fives North American Combustion

Chair-Elect: David Ziegler

Prince Corporation

Treasurer: Harland Dixson

Acme Brick Co.

Vice Chair: George Campbell

J.C. Steele & Sons

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


2018 marks the second time that the ACerS Southwest Section, the ACerS Structural Clay Products Division, and the National Brick Research Center will join forces to combine annual meetings to better meet the needs of the structural clay industry.  The meeting will take place June 5-8, 2018, in Columbia, SC, and will include a full-day of technical presentations, plant tours, a companions’ program, a suppliers mixer, a Thursday evening banquet, hospitality suite, and more.


Tentative Schedule:

June 5 p.m. – Registration & NBRC committee meetings

June 6 a.m. – NBRC meeting

June 6, noon-1:30 – Lunch on own

June 6 p.m. – Technical Session 1, SCPD-Southwest Section

June 6 p.m. –  Suppliers Mixer

June 7 all day – Plant tours

June 7 p.m. – Banquet

June 8 a.m. – Technical Session 2, SCPD-Southwest Section


Additional details are forthcoming!


Check back for upcoming meetings!



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The Southwest Section administers the Forrest K. Pence Memorial Scholarship Fund and The Robert and Mary Buttle Scholarship Fund.  Four scholarships were provided in 2017!


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!  Application deadline is May 1, 2018


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!

Application deadline is May 1, 2018.


For information about scholarships, contact Rick Stickley.



Opportunities: ACerS Career Center



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