Thursday, April 28, 2005

Acme honors employees for service

Staff Writer

Some of the top managers of Acme Brick came to Holly Springs last week to honor employees for their dedication to the company, their discipline and safety, and for improving the appearance both inside and outside the facility.

Ed Watson, vice president of production, handed out two-, five-, 15-, 35-, and 50-year pins to show the company’s appreciation. Twenty-four employees received service pins.

“It’s a rare privilege to see someone honored for 50 years - the third one I’ve seen since I’ve been with the company,” he said. Acme puts on about 40 employee appreciation ceremonies a year.

He recognized the Holly Springs plant for a two-year, no lost time from accidents record while giving out a plaque to the facility’s safety committee.

“You are all part of the team when it comes to safety,” Watson said, “but the fact that it happened at the Holly Springs plant is due to individual effort from all.”

He complimented workers for housekeeping improvements both inside and outside the plant, saying improvements in specific areas of the facility have made a difference.

“More and more you see the improvements,” said Watson. “Housekeeping and safety go hand-in-hand. I want to keep encouraging you to continue to make improvements. It’s been a good year for the Holly Springs plant.”

Receiving two-year pins were Antoney Alexander, Abelio Bustamante-Desirena, Manuel Carrasco-Bonilla, Reinaldo Dominguez, Jorge Ibarra, Jaiteh Karamba, Wanda Love, Jose Ramon Ropez, Moises Rodriguez, Roberto Robles, Anthony Wilson and Anselmo Vidal-Caballero.

Five-year pins went to Noria Baltazar, Jimmy Dean, German Hernandez, Jay Isenhour, Tommie Isom, Gerald Morgan, Christopher Muse, Saul Silva and Trina Wilson.

Darren Fite received a 15-year pin.

A 35-year pin went to Jessie McKinney. And Thelma Ayers took a 50-year pin.

Acme executives present at the service awards luncheon were Dennis Knautz, president and CEO; Bill Lemon, vice president of sales; Ray Gameson, director of human resources; and David Michie, central Arkansas regional production manager.

Acme, the largest U.S. owned brick company, celebrated its 114th birthday on April 17, 2005.

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