Concrete Products

JUL 2015

Concrete Products covers the issues that attract producers of ready mixed and manufactured concrete focusing on equipment and material technology, market development and management topics.

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Page 36 of 103 July 2015 • 35 BRIEFS PRODUCERS Tracy Bruton, manager of the Acme Brick Co. Bennett, Texas, operation, has been named the Dallas-based clay and concrete masonry giant's Plant Manager of the Year. The recognition dovetails the site's Acme Brick Plant of the Year honor. Bruton began his Acme career in 1994 as a grinding room utility/operator at the original Bennett site, west of Fort Worth. After holding several positions, he relocated to Bridgeport, Texas, where he entered into the management trainee program in July 2000, becoming burning supervisor the following year. He returned to Bennett in 2002 and was named plant superintendent three years later. In Octo- ber 2013, after serving in key roles at oth- er Acme plants, he was promoted to his current post. The largest operator in clay masonry, Acme Brick has 26 plants and 70 compa- ny-owned sales offices across 17 states, plus a nationwide network of independent distributors. A sister operation, Feather- lite Building Products, has six concrete block plants in Texas. ACME BRICK HONORS TOP PLANT CHIEF Acme Senior Vice President of Produc- tion Ed Watson (left) and Acme Plant Manager of the Year Tracy Bruton. Licensed production of Castia Stone, an exterior concrete cladding with patented rainscreen technology, has been expanded to seven additional Central and Northeast states through Columbus-based Oberfields LLC. The producer is one of the most respect- ed names in concrete masonry, landscape, precast and hardscape products in Ohio and surrounding areas. With sales locations throughout Ohio, Indiana, Michigan, Penn- sylvania and West Virginia, it is positioned to extend the Castia Stone product line to con- tractors, dealers, and architects serving proj- ects in major Central and Northeast markets. Oberfields is the latest operator to license the concrete veneer technology since 2009, notes Alice Muratore, owner of the Clarks- ville, Tenn.-based Castia Stone. With an eye to additional licensees affording a national footprint by 2020, she adds, "We will con- tinue to promote to builders, homeowners, contractors and architects to highlight the many benefits of our products. Contractors will save money and time on installation, and the owner will get a healthier building enve- lope that virtually eliminates the potential for moisture or mold to build up in the wall. With the addition of Oberfields and our pres- ence on we are very excited for what the future holds."

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