December 27, 2007
Acme Brick celebrates new office facility
Acme Brick Company of Holly Springs held a ribbon cutting for its new office building Thursday followed by a lunch at Oak Palace where 13 employees received service pins.
Dennis Knautz, president and CEO, and other company executives were present for the auspicious occasion.
A large coterie representing the city of Holly Springs, Marshall County, and the architect and builders of the new office building as well as Mayor Andre’ DeBerry, joined with Acme executives and workers for both occasions.
The largest U.S.-owned brick company, Acme celebrated its 116th birthday this year.
Mayor DeBerry welcomed Acme’s corporate staff to the city and complimented the company on its “great work and commitment to the city - producing a great product and good jobs.”
Other Acme executives in town included Bill Lemond, senior vice-president of sales; Ed Watson, senior vice-president of production; Jerry Hodge, general brick production manager and David Michie, assistant brick production manager.
At the awards luncheon, Watson said the local plant was found to be in good operating condition and good hands, “all a testament to our people.”
In September the Holly Springs plant received a certificate of safety for the second year in a row, for having no lost-time accidents.
“Safety is handled by our people locally in the plant,” he said. “Our employees take safety seriously. We are very proud of the things that we do and do right.”
He praised the local plant employees saying the quality in their work shows.
Service pins were handed out to employees with two, five, 15, 35, 40, and 45 years tenure.
The 45-year pin went to Curtis Bean; James Jones earned a 40-year pin; Wade Hightower was recognized for 35 years service; Kevin Crumb, Jene Jefferies and Gene Skelton received 15-year pins; Lorenzo Glover and Peter Williamson (local plant manager) were recognized for five years service; and Ruble Baker, Randall Byrd, Joe Isom, Quantez Mayfield and Mark Whitt were given two-year pins.
Those in supervisory or office positions - Trina Wilson, Kevin Crumb, Mark Whitt, Gene Skelton, Darren Fite and Terry Jordan - were presented a plaque of appreciation and thank you for the plant’s safety record and no lost time accidents.
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