THURSDAY, May 11
MORNING SESSION: 8:00 am-12:00 pm Meacham Room
Rheometer Measurements on Brickmaking Clays and Shales – Mike Walker, National Brick Research Council at Clemson University
Tornado Recover – Harland Dixon, Acme Brick Co.
Meridian East Plant History – Bob Studer, Meridian Brick Co.
Break: 9:30-9:45 am Lobby – Upper Terrace
Maximizing Recoveries with Large Blocks – Richard Scott, British American Refractories Inc.
Employee Empowerment – Chris Alexander, Meridian Brick Co.
Fabrication Expertise of the Highest Degree – Tim Buckley, Danser
Perla West Gate – Harland Dixson, Acme Brick Co.
Lunch (including SW Section business meeting):12:00-1:30 pm Flatiron/Spring Palace Rooms
AFTERNOON SESSION: 1:30 – 6:00 pm Meacham Room
Hardcaking Updates – Robert Maner, JC Steele Co.
Measuring the Crystalline Silica Content of Raw Materials – John Sanders, National Brick Research Council at Clemson University
Denton Plant Tour Review – Jim Ogg, Acme Brick
Break: 3:00 – 3:45 pm Lobby – Upper Terrace
Denton Research Lab – Mat Trammel, Acme Brick Co.
Back in Black; Key Elements in Color and Sheen for Product Development – Garrett DeGonia, Prince Minerals LLC
Lesson 3 on Kiln and Kiln Maintenance – Joern Boeke, Refratechnik Ceramics GmbH
Triangle Brick Clay County Plant Virtual Tour – Clark Kindrick, Triangle Brick